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!
Ruth Grambush, MA, LAMFT, Supervisor
All people can thrive in their relationships and discover meaning and hope. After completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, I began my work at a leading therapy institution in San Bernardino County, CA. I gained experience working with military families, as well as families with complex trauma and repairing relationships within the family. After moving back to Minnesota, I began work as a treatment director assisting individuals, couples, and families work through difficulties and discover newfound hope and possibilities.
My desire to work with individuals, couples, and families to facilitate connection and growth in relationships, heal trauma, and navigate through difficulties 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. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is the only COAMFTE accredited school in the state, ensuring a high standard of educational and professional guidelines.
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, military families, grief and loss, parenting, sexual concerns, 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.
Elise Farrell, Administrative Assistant
I love to spend time with family and friends. I am currently a Freshman at St. Olaf College. My work is 100% virtual.
Carissa Wolyniec,MHP Clinical Intern
Do you feel unlovable or that you are not enough? Do you feel like you are always searching for acceptance from others? Do you feel like there is constant conflict in your relationship with you partner or family? You don’t have to struggle with this alone, and you don’t have to feel like this forever. I can help you!
My name is Carissa Wolyniec and I look forward to meeting you! I work with individuals, couples, and families, providing them with assistance in working through the many challenges of life. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors of change in therapy. I genuinely want to connect with you and create a space where you feel heard, validated, and supported. I will be here for you. I will accept you. I will challenge and push you at times. I am excited for our journey together.
My work in therapy is grounded in Attachment Theory, which focuses on how we form emotional attachments with one another. I believe everyone is born with an innate need for connection with others. Your childhood experiences with your caregivers and significant relationships thereafter can affect your attachment style, the way you view the world, and the way you interact with others. I also draw from many other types of therapy such as Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT). Additionally, I use mindfulness and mind-body interventions to include the body in the healing process for a more holistic approach.
I chose to become a therapist because I know what it is like to struggle through life. I have been on a journey of my own that has helped me heal from my trauma, live life more authentically, and be able to engage in meaningful relationships. It became clear to me that I want to help others experience healing, growth, achieve their goals, and enjoy a better quality of life. This led me to the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota where I am currently working towards my master’s degree.
Heather O'Neil, MHP, Clinical Intern
I am a strong believer that our relationships are the center of our lives. For this reason, I am highly passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families develop the skills to improve the quality of their relationships both with themselves and others. For me, successful relationships lead to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2018. I am currently a graduate student at Saint Mary's University in Minneapolis completing my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Throughout my graduate studies, I have continually been reminded of the systemic nature of our world and the ways in which our various systems and those around us shape our attitudes, beliefs, and values. I am incredibly excited to take the skills and knowledge I have gained in the classroom and finally apply them in a real world setting with clients.
Throughout my life, I have gained mental health experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Being able to help people during their most vulnerable and challenging times and getting to be a part of their story has been the greatest privilege of my life. Throughout my work, I have not only witnessed the value and impact of talk therapy, but I have been constantly reminded and amazed by the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Helping others to discover this strength and resilience for themselves has been the goal of my therapeutic work and the purpose behind my career.
I am personally drawn to narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) based interventions. I believe that clients are the experts of their own lives and have all the skills and tools to overcome their challenges with guidance, support, insight, and hope. I take a highly collaborative stance with clients and assist them in challenging negative thoughts, behaviors, and interactions. My areas of clinical interest include couples issues, trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.
I currently live in Northeast Minneapolis with my close friends. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, reading, hammocking, yoga, finding new music, and discovering new restaurants and places of interest in the Twin Cities.
Lucas Campbell, MHP, Clinical Intern
Challenges in life can often leave us feeling uncomfortably overwhelmed, unsettled, and disconnected from ourselves and the people around us. The stress and frustration that often times accompanies relationships with our family, friends, work, and community can be complex and difficult to maneuver. Emotional strain can limit our capacity to fully experience love, fulfillment, happiness, growth and decrease our overall health and well-being. I see value and truth in perspective, and believe authentic connection and curiosity are the key components to a positive therapeutic experience. I strive to create a positive environment that is based on safety and respect, as a way to facilitate openness, acceptance, and vulnerability. My ultimate goal as a therapist is to help individuals and couples develop skills needed to lead healthier, more meaningful lives.
I enjoy working with adults and couples of all backgrounds and communities with a variety of concerns regarding relationships, anxiety, stress, guilt and shame, depression, men’s issues, trauma, grief, and adjustment to life transitions. As a military veteran, I am especially passionate about assisting military veterans, service members and their families navigate difficulties specific to their unique experiences.
I believe the context in which we see and understand the world around us is shaped by our experiences with work, family, friends, and our communities. I take a collaborative, individualized approach to aid clients in identifying their personal value and strengths.
Sayyed 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.