Olga Tapia-Farrell, MS, LMFT
Founder and Clinical Supervisor
Ruth Grambush, MA
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!
Elise Farrell, Administrative Assistant
I love to spend time with family and friends. I am currently a Sophmore at St. Olaf College. My work is 100% virtual.
Andrea Torres Guerra, MHP, Clincial Intern
Every person has their own story shaped by culture, language, family, experiences, and more, making you unique. All of these factors make you the expert in your healing and needs. I take a holistic approach and consider your psychological, physical, and social life. I hope to use this to help you feel safe and confident in and outside the therapy room.
It is important to me to develop a solid therapeutic relationship with my clients. I have seen how a therapeutic relationship where being challenged, heard, validated, and empowered is valuable. I like to bring humor, curiosity, and transparency into the therapy room.
My passion for working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families led me to the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, and I have experience in-home community-based services, an adolescent day treatment center, and outpatient settings. My passions include working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I am certified in PREPARE/ENRICH for Premarital, pre-commitment, and Marital Counseling. I speak Spanish and willing to offer therapy in Spanish. My hobbies include cooking, traveling, hiking, and going to concerts.
I look forward to meeting you, learning about your story and how you want to write your narrative moving forward.
Alyssa Klindt, MHP, Clinical Intern
Everyone experiences times of struggle throughout their lives. Because of this, I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy; no problem is too big or too small to be addressed. Therapy is a collaborative process- a mutual exploration of the self, therefore finding a therapist that is a ‘good fit’ for you is essential. I believe that the experience of the self is organized, developed, and understood in the context of the important relationships of one’s life. I am a strong believer that forming genuine and safe relationships with others is the foundation to leading meaningful and satisfying lives. I am hoping I can become one of those safe relationships in your life and we can work to piece together a more authentic you. I believe we will be able to achieve this by exploring the stories that you tell about your life, the meaning you hold behind the words you use, and the context you are in.
Intersectional feminist theory and queer theory along with logo, narrative, feminist, internal family systems and experiential therapies inform how I approach therapeutic spaces. Coming from a background of systemic thinking from my MA program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, I will invite and encourage you to explore and more deeply understand all the systems that you are a part of that influence your life.
I strive to be genuine, honest, and non-judgmental in my approach to therapy. My goal is to create a safe and comfortable therapeutic space that is sex positive and welcoming to people of all identities and backgrounds. I will work to understand the world as you see it because you are the expert of your own life. My areas of clinical interest include working with people experiencing relationship struggles, gender and sexuality exploration, depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, ADHD, and addiction.
Fannica Grey, MHP, Clinical Intern
I see value in being intentional and affirming of our true selves. I believe that each present moment is under our control if we are intentional and aligned with our physical, emotional, and mental selves. With this foundation we can stand firm in our lives, purpose, and well-being.
I strive to create a positive and collaborative atmosphere where every person can feel safe, accepted, heard, respected and human. My overall goal as a therapist is to help individuals, couples, and families develop skills that help bring awareness to the present moments, past experiences, and future ambitions that contribute to living a more intentional and meaningful life. I strive to help individuals, couples and families explore the impact of internal strongholds, which are unconscious maladaptive thought processes, as well as societal and cultural influences. I find pleasure in working with people from all backgrounds and communities with diverse concerns.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology with a minor in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Fall of 2017. My aim to create a positive and collaborative environment led me to the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I have worked in schools, hospitals and group homes throughout the years which has helped me resonate with individuals, families, and couples through each stage of life. From those experiences I have learned to believe in the value of the present moment, the impact of the future, and the influence of the past.
I identify as a first generation West African and I speak fluent Krio. I live in Minneapolis, MN. I enjoy singing and laughing with friends as well as meditation in the forms of sound healing, breathwork, prayer, and affirmations.
Kailee Sharp, MHP, Clinical Intern
You should never feel hopeless or alone when dealing with life’s challenges. You are worthy of happiness and growth that can come from a positive environment. I believe that therapy should be a safe and collaborative space for anyone seeking services. I see value in an honest and genuine therapeutic relationship that promotes the client’s health and well-being. I chose to become a therapist to assist others work through life struggles and trauma. Life is a journey that can get overwhelming at times and I want to provide a space that helps you work through those times by supporting and accepting you for who you are.
I am drawn to narrative therapy, solution focused, and IFS (internal family systems) approaches, which allows the client to be the expert of their lives and incorporates a mind-body connection. I believe that people are social beings that are influenced by the relationships in their lives. My goal is to help individuals and couples develop or utilize skills they already possess, to achieve the goals they are wanting for accomplish for themselves. My professional areas of interest include trauma and PTSD, couple issues, adjustment to life transitions, anxiety, and sexual concerns.
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota in 2019. My desire to support others in their life journey led me to the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge I have gained through my education and life experience to an actual setting with clients.
I am originally from Denver, Colorado and I am happy to call Minnesota my forever home. I live in St. Paul with my partner, Chad, and our two dogs. I enjoy spending time outside doing a variety of activities such as camping, traveling, reading, and jogging. I am looking forward to our work together and most importantly, getting to know your story.
John Braun, MHP, Clinical Intern
Hello! My name is John Braun. I have always had a desire to understand why we think the way we think and feel the way we feel. While I studied psychology in my undergrad at the University of St. Thomas, I developed an ever-growing appreciation for all the complex and beautiful parts of ourselves including our very thoughts and feelings that make each and every one of our experiences unique. My desire to keep learning has led me to the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
My philosophy is this: You matter, and you are worth every minute that it takes to help you in whatever difficult circumstances, road bumps, unexpected events, and overwhelming feelings you are experiencing at this time to get you to where you want to be. I am here to be your support and guide you as you face what it is you are encountering right now. I want to work with you, walk with you, and challenge you to help you attain the freedom to be yourself and achieve the vision you have for your life.
I am happy to incorporate faith and spirituality into our sessions and am not afraid to delve into big life questions. No topic is off limits.
A little more about me: I am a Catholic. I am a husband and father. I love the great outdoors and have an ever-growing list of hobbies ranging from waterskiing to rock collecting. I cherish spending quality time with my family and friends and am always up for an adventure!
Marcela Farrell, Administrative Assistant
Hi! I am a Senior in High School at Farmington High School. I plan on attending college to study medicine or psychology.
Sayyeda Khalfan, MHP, Clinical Intern
Everyone experiences hardships and challenging life circumstances. Oftentimes without the right support, people can feel overwhelmed. We all have the capacity to thrive in any situation we are put in. Sometimes hardships affect us so much that we just don’t know what to do about it anymore. We may even feel disconnected from others and ourselves. These scenarios tend to get worse when left unaddressed.
It doesn’t have to be this way! When in hardship, know that you have the ability to overcome it, and these challenges will make you stronger. With the support of therapy, you can find your purpose and motivation, as well as learn ways to navigate through your situation.
Therapy is a place to be heard and find your way. It’s a place to be supported and encouraged when it seems like there is nowhere else to go. I believe in providing a non-judgmental, and inviting space for clients to be respected and truly heard. I will do my best to build a genuine, and trusting relationship, so that together we can traverse the challenges that may face you. I appreciate and value each opportunity I have to work with individuals who seek a healthier life, and I strive to meet them with compassion.
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2016 and am a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW). Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. I’ve worked closely with individuals struggling with substance use and their affected families. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with adolescents dealing with mental health issues, and their families.
Using a didactic and client-centered approach I have experience with modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Therapy, and connect with clients using a Strength-Based perspective. Being of a multicultural background, I am aware and in touch with the dimensions that come with cultural diversity. I am open to incorporating faith, in all its forms, as a source of support for individuals that wish to have its presence in their lives, as it plays a valuable role in mine.
I have lived in New York and Minnesota, and currently reside in Florida with my husband and my son. I love spending time in nature with my family, travelling, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. I look forward to learning more about you and working with you, when we have the opportunity.
Tori Zengel Mora, PHD, LMFT Clinical Fellowship Supervisor
I work from an integrated approach, relying heavily on Depth Psychology, Solution Focused/Strength Based perspective and Systems Theory. I operate from an anti-oppression stance and am very interested in furthering health equity and social justice in therapy. I work with couples, families, individuals and groups. I enjoy teaching, research, presenting and program development.
I am a lifelong learner and have the privilege of being a parent of two extraordinary young women. Outside clinical work I enjoy cycling, dance, martial arts and travel.