Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
At YVA we believe in the power of building great foundations and that includes family, home, friendships. These beginnings fuel the rest of it. With this foundation great things can happen and we are allowed to flourish.
If you are interested in receiving services don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you are interested in joining our team, send your resume to email@example.com. We are always looking for great team members.
Olga Tapia-Farrell, MS, LMFT
Founder and Owner
It is interesting how life pans out. I am of a certain age now, where brave and courage comes easier. I like to believe that divine providence plays a key role in giving me this courage to do my best work on a daily basis. I appreciate my life and the people in it. My goal is to approach everyday with tenacity, perserveance and kindness in my heart. In this space I can be my best self to help others in therapy or my staff. I liken my staff as mental health warriors with kind souls who strive to do their best at work.
I no longer do too much on my own, as I am a teacher, mentor to others. There is a great sense of purpose knowing that I can help guide the next generation of mental health professionals, just like the greats of our field did for me. My favorites are Salvador Minuchin, Virginia Satir and Murray Bowen these great family therapists and along with my parents, help shape me, my work and my teachings.
Kailee Sharp, MA, LAMFT
Director of Training and Development
I work with clients who are looking to address intergenerational conflict or process an adverse childhood experience. I regularly utilize Positive Psychology and Narrative Therapy. This provides a safe space for clients to work through emotional experiences. Other therapeutic modalities used are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy and Gottman Couples Counseling. My professional areas of interest and experience include trauma/PTSD, relationship concerns, adjustment to life transitions, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss. I also have experience working with Juvenile Corrections and sexual concerns.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota in 2019. I graduated with my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2022. I am a Licensed Associate in Marriage and Family Therapist working towards licensure. I enjoy applying the knowledge I have gained through my education and life experience to actual settings with clients. My desire to support others in their life journey is what keeps me motivated to do this work each day.
I am originally from Denver, and I am happy to call Minnesota my forever home. I live in St. Paul with my fiancé and our dog. I enjoy spending time outside doing a variety of activities such as camping, traveling, reading, and running. I am looking forward to our work together and most importantly, getting to know your story.
Lead Billing Specialist
I am a Senior at St Olaf College and graduating with a Biology degree and a concentration in Latin American studies in the Spring of 2024. I enjoy time with my family, friends and my new puppy, Phoebe, a Mini Golden Doodle.
Registration and Scheduling Lead
Hi! I am a Sophomore at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a Biology major and a minor in Spanish. My goal is to attend medical school with a dual focus in Psychiatry and Psychology. I am the Registration and Scheduling Lead at YVA and I enjoy talking to people from all walks of life.
Danelle Rohweder, MA
Mental Health Clinician
Becoming a Mental Health Clinician is my life's work. My experience in the Air National Guard for 20 years, being an advocate in the military to address the challenges of personnel and also overcoming my own personal life challenges have guided this journey. The culmination of my efforts led me to go back to school and graduate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Bethel University. I welcome diversity, including all abilities, races, sexualities, genders, religions, and political values.
At the core of my therapeutic values is that each one of is uniquely made and therefore have different responses to life's challenges. I take a collaborative approach in the therapeutic space as I believe we all have the inner strength and capability to change our own lives. In addition to recognizing the need for veteran mental health providers that understand the many challenges of military service, I am also a military spouse and understand the unique challenges of supporting a current service member.
My clinical areas of interest include trauma and PTSD, couple and family issues, grief and bereavement, anxiety, depression, substance use, and Christian counseling. I have completed EMDR training and am a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP). In addition to trauma therapy, I am particularly drawn to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.
I live in the south metro with my husband and two daughters. I embrace as much family time as possible with my husband, daughters, stepchildren, and grandkids. I enjoy spending Minnesota’s short summers outside in nature, especially soaking in family time at the lake by swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and campfires.
Hailey McManus, MA
Mental Health Clinician
Every person has value and a unique story that is shaped by their experiences, family, spirituality, culture, community, and society at large. We are all impacting our environment as well as being impacted by it. I believe that therapy is a great space to process experiences and be supported as you work through difficult life circumstances. I would love to be someone that will listen and come alongside you as you work hard to navigate your world.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Stout. As I learned more about people, I realized how much we are impacted by our families, communities, and cultures. This is what led me to a Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. I am looking forward to allowing the knowledge and experiences I have had during my education to guide my work as a therapist. I have some experience with kiddos, but am excited and interested in working with teens, adults, couples, and families as well. I have a particular interest in teens and couples as well as people who are experiencing grief and loss. I am looking forward to working with people from all different backgrounds and experiences.
I was born and raised in Lakeville, MN and Minnesota is still my home. I am blessed to live close to my immediate family and many extended family members. I love to spend time with family and friends. I am married and my husband and I are very involved in the local church I grew up in. In my free time, I love to do most things outside. I love playing pickleball, spikeball, going for walks, campfires, and really any other outdoor activity. I love mountains, beautiful things in nature, and being with people. I look forward to hearing your story and supporting you in navigating life as it comes.
Mental Health Clinical Intern
Everyone has a unique life journey and I absolutely love hearing those stories and coming alongside clients with a compassionate ear and encouraging spirit.
My undergraduate degree is a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Northwestern St. Paul. I am a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I have had over 12 years of experience working with children, but I also enjoy working with adults and teens. As for additional education, I have completed the Prepare/Enrich Certification and I am trained in Brainspotting.
I am married to a wonderful man and we have a baby who brings us tremendous joy. We also have a golden retriever who has extensive energy and endless love to give. Our family enjoys being active, going on adventures, and doing pretty much anything outside. Being with family and friends is also very important to me. I cannot wait to meet you and partner with you.
Mental Health Clinical Intern
I find joy in being a mental health practitioner, where I have the privilege of partnering with clients to explore many of the complexities of our essence as human beings and holistically connect in ways that allow them to feel truly seen, heard, and understood.
Initiating therapy is a courageous act of self-advocacy, a transformative step towards healing and growth. It's a powerful choice that not only acknowledges our past but also opens doors to more adaptive and fulfilling ways of navigating life’s challenges.
I believe every person holds intrinsic value and has the potential for growth. We are all deserving of wellness, joy, and a safe space where they can show up as they are. My hope is that with support and a strong therapeutic relationship, they can grow into the person that they want to be. I stive to cultivate a curious and inclusive environment through maintaining a person-centered and trauma-informed approach. I am deeply passionate about working with a diverse range of clients who come from all walks of life. It is my unwavering commitment to foster a space that honors individuals of all backgrounds regardless of their spirituality, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, or any other aspect of their identity.
My work as a Marriage and Family Therapy practitioner is rooted in a systemic lens, where all things are interconnected, whether it is emotional, relational, biological, spiritual, or otherwise. I firmly believe that nothing exists in isolation; every individual, situation, experience, and emotion is intertwined.
I am passionate about the transformative power of vulnerability, in sharing their unique stories as the true experts of their own narratives. Through this therapeutic journey, it invites opportunities for connection, collaboration, awareness, and the profound process of finding purpose and significance in one's experiences.
I hold a B.A. in Psychology and Reconciliation Studies from Bethel University, and I'm currently pursuing my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis. As a Minnesota native, I cherish both my roots and my passion for immersing myself in diverse cultures through travel.
Outside of my practice, I am a joy-seeker, animal fanatic, and aerial circus arts enthusiast. I'm also an avid wedding and elopement photographer. In both photography and therapy, my heart lies in capturing and celebrating the beauty of authentic moments and connections. Just as in therapy, I find joy in creatively connecting with individuals, couples, and families as they embrace their journey of love and commitment. It's a privilege to witness and preserve these genuine expressions, whether through the lens of a camera or the art of therapy.
Mental Health Clinical Intern
We are all wired for and worthy of love and connection which can be difficult to navigate at any stage of life. There are many places where shame, doubt, past experiences, and miscommunication disorient and disconnect us. In today's fast-paced world, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and neglect our connections with others and ourselves; however, taking the time to nurture these relationships is essential for our overall wellbeing. Investing in our connections is an investment in our own happiness and health.
I believe that therapy is a powerful way to explore the past to help us inform the future. I approach therapy with empathy, authenticity, and compassion. I strive to remain curious and highlight strengths to help each person feel seen and heard in a judgement free space. I value and affirm all identities and experiences and want to learn more about what makes you, you!
I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I am pursuing my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am drawn to solution focused, structural, internal family systems (IFS), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and Gottman lenses to guide my work in therapy. I am a certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator, and Gottman Level 1 certified. My areas of clinical interest include working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing life transitions, grief and loss, difficult relationships and family dynamics/conflicts, attachment concerns, anxiety, and depression.
I am from a small town in Wisconsin and have loved experiencing the big city life since moving to the twin cities. In my free time, I enjoy camping, traveling back home to visit friends and family, and going to concerts. My partner and I have a miniature dachshund who goes on lots of adventures and walks around the city with us. I look forward to working with you and having the privilege of hearing your story!
Medical Billing Specialist
biography to come
Medical Billing Specialist
biography to come