Our clinicians and clinical trainees work with their clients in the following modalities.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
and many more
Olga Tapia-Farrell, MS, LMFT, Owner
I am an avid reader and have insatiable appetite to learn about the world, our mind, and relationships. I began analyzing others and myself at a very young age and knew I wanted to become a therapist by the age of 12. So I set my path to become one and while my journey has led me in various directions in the field, I never lost sight of my calling to help heal broken hearts and dreams.
I grew up in Texas and went to the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for my Bachelor of Science, followed by University of Wisconsin- Stout for my graduate work in Marriage & Family Therapy. I live in Farmington with my family. I have been happily married for 17 years to Rich and we have 4 beautiful daughters.
My experience has led me to multiple directions. In my early career, I worked with at risk Latino youth and their families and child abuse and trauma work. While this work was emotionally challenging on me, it was also very rewarding in getting children and their families to a more loving, safer, and harmonious place. I am also very passionate about my work with couples and families. As a systems therapists, I enjoy guiding and supporting individuals finding their strengths and their passions. Helping couples who have lost sight of what led them to each other in the first place! Families with adolescents can be exceptionally rewarding. Adolescence is a time where young people think of themselves in relation to the world and often pull away from home but it can also be place where they can connect and love the people who made them!
Thoughts……We are in a time that the mind is only now being discovered and further explored beyond the behavioral observations through EEG’s and FMRI’s that our field is changing and growing. Eventually these brain scans will give the opportunity to further treat more accurately. What an exciting time!
Brianna Shohara, Mental Health Pracitioner
My path to therapy has been a winding one. I always knew I wanted to ‘help’ in some capacity, but it took several years and lots of life experience to understand that I had within me the gifts required to help in this capacity.
I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Child & Family Studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. My experience after college led me to therapy, which brought me to the Twin Cities so I could complete my Master’s Program. I attended St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where I obtained my Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to work extensively across a range of relational and mental health concerns with a wide variety of individuals and families. My professional areas of interest include practice with anxiety, addiction, trauma, grief, relationship concerns, sexual concerns, and parenting. As a systems therapist, I believe deeply in the importance of the big picture. Our experiences of the world and with the people around us shape who we are and the way that our stories unfold. Developing a deeper understanding of our own story allows us to take control of the chapters that have yet to be written. My goal as a therapist is to create a space in which people feel safe to unpack their journey thus far, and empowered to develop the skills and understanding required to move forward as their healthiest self.
I live in Bloomington with my wonderful Husband, Matt, 3 beautiful step-children, and our Rottweiler puppy, Banzai. We are also expecting our first “ours” baby in January, which we could not be more excited about. When I’m not working, wife-ing, and mom-ing, I also enjoy reading, cooking, yoga, road trips, campfires, and a good bottle of wine with friends.
Ruth Grambush, Mental Health Practitioner
I believe that all people can thrive in their relationships and discover meaning and hope. Since I was young, I have wanted to help individuals, couples, and families navigate through the many periods of challenges and changes that occur in life. This led me to completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. After completing my Bachelor’s, I gained experience in the mental health field and my passion grew for assisting people discover newfound hope and possibilities.
My desire to work with people of all backgrounds, ages, and phases in life led me to the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where I completed my Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I currently work with a diverse range of families, couples, and individuals addressing relational and mental health concerns. My goal in therapy is to create a safe place that is free of judgement and together, to uncover strengths, work through painful memories, and discover new possibilities in relationships. My approach in therapy is gentle and collaborative, while also direct and sincere to address painful issues and help people reconnect to themselves and each other.
My professional areas of interest include trauma and PTSD, couples and relationship concerns, sexual concerns, parenting, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. I am trained in Brainspotting, a treatment method to process, release, and heal painful emotions, memories, and trauma that are carried in our mind and body. I also utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused, and Narrative Therapy to alter stuckness and achieve lasting change.
I am a mother of two children living in Webster, MN with my husband, Ben, and our two dogs. I enjoy spending time with my family, laughing with friends, traveling, and jogging.
Angela Hasert, Clinical Trainee
Hi everyone! My name is Angela, but I go by Ange (sounds like the first syllable). In my younger years I studied Biology, Psychology and Chemistry with the dream of going to medical school, However, the call to motherhood became too strong for me to resist and I made a major life decision to become a stay at home mom. While being a mom to my 3 boys biologically, over the last 16 years I have also been the “mom” to over 30 international teenagers from all over the world, some of whom stayed for only 6 weeks, others staying for up to 4 years. I believe this experience offers me an ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and to meet people where they are in their mental health journey. The journey is yours to take, my job is to stand beside you offering guidance, encouragement and affirmation when warranted. I like to take a no-nonsense approach to therapy that is a judgement-free safe space. At times I can be direct, but also gentle, balancing openness and humor with firmness and accountability.
I am currently in graduate school at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and will receive a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in the Winter of 2019.I have also completed Phase I in Brainspotting, which is a therapy similar to EMDR to work with individuals and families dealing with PTSD. I work with Dialectical and Cognitive behavioral therapy (DBT and CBT) to help individuals assess and reframe destructive behavior or thought patterns. I am, also, in the process of earning a Sex Therapy Ceritifation through the American Assosication of Sex Educators and Counseling Therapists. I feel the sex therapy certification will allow me to better serve the LGBTQIA, Polyam, GSERD , BDSM and Kink communities, of which I am an Ally.
I have been married for over 20 years have 3 teenage boys. As a family we are active in Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America). I am a lover and seeker of knowledge, both academically earned and life-lesson learned. There are so many unique people in the world, places to explore, and cultures to experience that I cannot get enough of travelling with those I love. When not hanging out with my family, and friends my favorite past-time is sleeping, because, let’s face it, none of us get the recommended amount of sleep these days as it is.
Elise Farrell, Administrative Assistant
I love to spend time with family and friends. I am presently a Senior at Farmington High school and hope to attend college in the East Coast next year.