Therapists

  • Mark Hansen, Ph.D.
    Licensed Psychologist, Clinic Director

    The therapists at River City Clinic are committed to a personal, respectful, and responsible approach to the needs of the clients we serve. We use client-centered, evidence-based methods for providing effective mental health treatment. Read below for more information about Mark Hansen, Ph.D., LP.

    Mark has been providing psychotherapy since 1985 to individuals, couples and groups. He also provides clinical supervision, consultation, and training on a variety of mental health and organizational issues. In addition, Mark is President and Chief Executive Officer of River City Clinic.


    Specialties

    • Depression and anxiety issues
    • Trauma
    • Personality Disorders
    • Intimacy and relationship concerns including couples counseling
    • Work adjustment and performance concerns
    • Stress management
    • Athletic performance
    • Men’s groups
    • Clinical supervision. Approved LPC/LPCC Supervisor Designation, Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
    • Measuring outcome and effectiveness of therapy

    Articles

    Curriculum Vita
    Mark P. Hansen, PhD, LP curriculum vita

    Staying Resilient During Financially Difficult Times
    Learn how to cope during financially difficut times

    Pelvic Floor Functioning and Emotions
    Learn about psychological treatment combined with medical treatment to improve pelvic floor functioning.

    APA’s Tips for Managing Work Stress
    Tips on How to Manage Work Stress

    APA Tips Recovering From Disaster and Other Traumatic Stress
    Recovering From Traumatic Stress

    APA’s Stress Management Tips
    Stress Management Tips

    The Value and Benefits of Therapy
    Consumers of therapy benefit financially in three important areas of life.


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  • Nikki Erchul Social Work
    Nikki Erchul

    The therapists at River City Clinic are committed to a personal, respectful, and responsible approach to the needs of the clients we serve. We use client-centered, evidence-based methods for providing effective mental health treatment. Read below for more information about Nikki Erchul.

    Nikki graduated from University of Augsburg with her Masters of Social Work and holds an LICSW through the State of Minnesota. She works with individuals, couples and adolescent girls (15+). Nikki brings in a strong relational aspect to all of her work with clients, focusing on strengths and client specific goals. She utilizes methods of mindfulness, attachment theory and elements of dialectical behavioral therapy in order to foster connection and trust. In her work with clients, she incorporates a holistic approach, which includes examining the physical, spiritual and mental well being of the client and allowing all components to be addressed and validated as the change work occurs.

    In addition to working with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues and life changes, she has extensive experience in treating chemical abuse, trauma and eating disorders. Nikki identifies as a sex-positive therapist and welcomes clients who want a safe person to work with around sexual identity, transitions, relational issues as they relate to sex, and is an ally to the LQBTQIA community.

    Nikki’s relational, supportive and collaborative approach allows her clients to lean into their process and truth in order to find sustainable and exciting change in their lives. Anyone can create the life they want and it happens when you feel safe, accepted, and free to be your true self. With Nikki’s support on this journey, clients’ will connect with new awareness and experience incredible transformation.

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  • Kelly Haase, MA
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    The therapists at River City Clinic are committed to a personal, respectful, and responsible approach to the needs of the clients we serve. We use client-centered, evidence-based methods for providing effective mental health treatment. Read below for more information about Kelly Haase, MA, LMFT.

    As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Kelly works passionately with individuals, couples and families, to address conflict and relationship interruptions that lead to anxiety, depression, dissatisfaction, and frustrations. She believes that people are wired for connection and that when hurt, shame, and miscommunication show up in relationship, we all use protective measures which keep relationships broken. Together with clients, she will work to address core individual issues that impact family or relationship functioning and find ways to heal the hurts and return to healthy connection.

    Kelly began her career working with adolescents in residential treatment for mental illness, trauma, and suicide. She has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She loves working with teens and has a gift for drawing out the unique and beautiful qualities of each person through an individualized, empathetic, and direct approach that provides safety and accountability.

    As an optimist about relationships, Kelly also works with couples, both dating and married, to address the interruptions in connection that can lead to feeling alone in relationships. She is certified in Prepare and Enrich, equipped to provide premarital counseling, and has been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Kelly has a knack for appreciating how each partner functions in the relationship and finding ways to establish understanding and reconnection.


    Specialties

    • Depression and anxiety issues
    • Anxiety
    • Trauma/crisis intervention
    • Suicide/self harming
    • Family conflict
    • Adolescents
    • Infidelity
    • Mood disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Sexual abuse
    • PTSD
    • Attachment issues
    • Divorce/separation
    • Identity
    • Relationship conflict
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  • Linda Skillingstad, MSW, LICSW, LADC
    Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

    The therapists at River City Clinic are committed to a personal, respectful, and responsible approach to the needs of the clients we serve. We use client-centered, evidence-based methods for providing effective mental health treatment. Read below for more information about Linda Skillingstad, MSW, LICSW, LADC.

    Linda is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who brings 30 years of working with children, adolescents, and parents to River City Clinic. Linda’s experience includes work with depression, anxiety, trauma, bullying, family change, school refusal, chemical use health, suicidal ideation and self-harm. Linda creates a warm accepting atmosphere to her work with clients. She believes building a trusting relationship assists individuals to share their struggles and increase motivation and understanding to address the problems. Linda has worked in family centered programs, schools and psychiatric hospitalization, and also understands special education/IEP programming and needs.

    Therapeutic interventions include: Person Centered CBT, Motivation Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, EMDR (EMDRIA certified), and Rational Emotive Therapy.


    Specialties

    • Depression and Anxiety in children, adolescents, and adults
    • Trauma
    • Chemical Use Health
    • Families and Parenting
    • Motivation
    • Diverse populations including LGBT
    • Grief and Loss
    • Self-Esteem
    • Bullying
    • Special Education
    • Family Change

    Linda believes building a trusting relationship assists individuals to share their struggles and increase motivation and understanding to address the problems.

     

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  • Carmen S. Franzmeier, MA
    Therapist

    The therapists at River City Clinic are committed to a personal, respectful, and responsible approach to the needs of the clients we serve. We use client-centered, evidence-based methods for providing effective mental health treatment. Read below for more information about Carmen S. Franzmeier, MA.

    Carmen has an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and works with individuals (ages 13 and up), couples, families, and groups. She has experience working with children and adolescents in crisis, and helps them overcome behavioral struggles and adjust to difficult life transitions. Additionally, she has experience in depression and anxiety, family conflict, parenting, and blended families.

    Carmen works with individuals and families affected by addiction. Alcohol and drug addiction affects each member of the family, often leading to a family in chaos. She will help you to regain balance in your family through education about the disease of addiction, rebuilding trust, establishing boundaries, and increasing individual self-esteem.

    She develops a relationship with each client built on trust and mutual respect, and establishes a safe therapeutic environment that empowers each person to uncover their true potential and live a happier, more satisfying life.


    Specialties

    • Abuse
    • ADHD
    • ODD
    • Attachment Disorders
    • Depression and Anxiety
    • Couples
    • Marriage Preparation and Enrichment
    • Blended Family
    • Family and Addiction
    • Family Conflict
    • Parenting
    • Trauma
    • Grief and Loss
    • Self-Esteem
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  • Wendi Schirvar
    Wendi Schirvar, PhD, NCSP
    Therapist

    The therapists at River City Clinic are committed to a personal, respectful, and responsible approach to the needs of the clients we serve. We use client-centered, evidence-based methods for providing effective mental health treatment. Read below for more information about Wendi Schirvar, PhD, NCSP.

    Dr. Schirvar works with children, adolescents and families who are struggling with developmental and behavioral issues, poor functioning and social skills, emotional dysregulation, and learning problems. With a background in Child Development, Attachment Research, Parent Education and Educational Psychology, she brings an eclectic blend of theory and practice to her work assisting patients with specific behaviors as well as parenting issues by strengthening families and redirecting difficult behaviors. She also addresses testing concerns, school advocacy, educational planning and family goal setting. She has a particular specialty with developmentally advanced students and their families and is the Minnesota Liaison to the national organization SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Students). She often speaks publicly on these and related topics to parent groups, medical providers, clinicians and educators.

    Her philosophy is that all families have strengths, apparent or yet to be discovered, and she works to empower and support families to maximize their strengths together. With the therapeutic setting serving as a guide, she uses a warm and practical approach to affirm individuals and families to realize strengths while replacing unhelpful behaviors.


    Specialties

    • Socio-emotional needs of Gifted
    • Anxiety, Depression, OCD (children & adolescents)
    • Emotional & Behavioral Disturbances
    • Noncompliance- Resistance and Protesting
    • Family cohesion and conflict
    • ADHD and Executive Functioning
    • Temper Tantrums
    • Parent Coaching
    • Educational planning and School collaboration
    • Emotionally sensitive and intense children & adolescents
    • Psychoeducational seminars for parents, practitioners and schools

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  • Ryan Krebsbach, MA, LAMFT
    Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

    The therapists at River City Clinic are committed to a personal, respectful, and responsible approach to the needs of the clients we serve. We use client-centered, evidence-based methods for providing effective mental health treatment. Read below for more information about Ryan Krebsbach, MA, LAMFT.

    As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Ryan seeks to assist individuals, couples and families by addressing anxiety, depression or life dissatisfaction. These issues may cause individual conflict or relational interruptions. It is Ryan’s belief that a systems approach is the most beneficial because even an individual can have an impact on the entire system. His goal is to assist others to identify and understand their own strengths and weakness as you are the expert of your life. He believes that a beneficial therapeutic relationship is rooted in trust and positive connections.

    Ryan has more than 15 years experience working with children with autism. He also has experience with adolescents and adults. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Ryan has worked with couples, both married and dating, dealing with infidelity, grief, loss of connection, or contemplating divorce. Ryan is an advocate for marriage and seeks to help couples either work together to improve their relationship or find a kind and amicable way to separate. Ryan is certified in Prepare and Enrich, and has experience with premarital counseling.


    Specialties

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • PTSD
    • Family Conflict
    • Children and adolescence
    • Spirituality and faith
    • Autism
    • Infidelity
    • Sexual abuse
    • Grief and loss
    • Parent coaching

     

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