Our Clinicians

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Providing therapy services for over 20 years

Clearwater Counseling professionals know that mental health is not just about smiles: it’s about having a positive therapeutic relationship and strong support system. Our mission is to help our patients accomplish their goals in a caring, compassionate, and holistic way.

We aim to serve our patients in a safe environment while offering them personalized care. We understand that many people have anxiety about starting therapy, so we created a soothing, relaxed environment for you to care for your mental health.

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Michelle Rowlison, MA, LMFT

Woodbury Office

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  
Board Approved Supervisor
(651) 983-7892 x201

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Danielle Carlson, MA, LMFT

Woodbury Office

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Danielle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, families, and couples ages 16 and up. Danielle uses a variety of therapeutic techniques in session, including talk therapy, attachment based therapy, internal family systems, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and animal assisted therapy.

Danielle’s puppy, Murphy, is in training to be a therapy dog; he comes to the office very occasionally. Murphy is a new addition after the sudden passing of Chewie, the well known dog of the office. Murphy loves to play with Oberon (Danielle’s family dog) and chew on bones.

Danielle completed her Post-Graduate Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel University in December, 2014. In 2004, she graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, receiving her M.A. in Human Services, Family Life Education. Danielle completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and Sociology at Winona State.


(RIP) Chewie

Woodbury Office

Golden Retriever

Chewbacca’s Little Lady (aka Chewie) suddenly became on on June 27th. The highly skilled team at Animal Resource Center discovered that Chewie and eaten something that resulted in a perforated bowel. Danielle and her family made the heartbreaking decision to allow Chewie to cross the rainbow bridge. She will be greatly missed by many people.

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Pete Singer, MSW, LICSW

Woodbury and St Paul Office

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
(651) 747-6370

Pete completed his Master’s of Social Work at The University of Minnesota. He is licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. He has performed various roles in the mental health field since 1990. Peter enjoys working with teens, children, adult individuals, families, and couples. He works with clients who have ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, issues surrounding adoption and foster care, anger management concerns, men's issues, and more. He has extensive experience with families, teens and children who have experienced trauma. He uses strength-based, solution focused, cognitive, and systems approaches. He implements and has completed extensive training on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He is a Certified Parent Educator with Circle of Security - Parent, an attachment-based parenting approach. In 2005, Peter founded Care in Action Minnesota, a non-profit organization that works to equip the faith community and the broader community to better prevent and respond to child maltreatment. He is a member of the National Child Protection Training Center's Speaker's Bureau. He presents locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to trauma, child maltreatment, attachment, Autism, the faith community, and mental health.

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Amber Langford, MS, LMFT

Woodbury Office

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(651) 983-7892 x238

Amber is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Lenexa, KS and her Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology with a minor in Family Ministry from Manhattan Christian College.

Amber enjoys working with a diverse clientele of individuals, couples, and families She seeks to provide a warm and accepting environment where her clients can be encouraged and challenged toward real growth. She utilizes an eclectic approach of experiential therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy. She has been greatly influenced by the marriage work done by Dr. John Gottman and the Gentle/Respectful parenting movement.

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Sarah McCauley, MA, LAMFT

Woodbury Office

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
(651) 983-7892 x242

Sarah is a Licensed Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy (LAMFT), and completed her graduate program at St. Mary’s University School of Graduate Professional Psychology in Minneapolis. She enjoys working with adult clients, individuals or part of a family or couple. She enjoys working alongside those facing multi-facted challenges with life transition, wellness, and relational dynamics, from a holistic and intersystemic viewpoint. She has worked in several integrated care settings, such as memory care and community-based mental health, to assisted families and individuals of all ages manage mental health symptoms and relational stress.

Her approach draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as the biopsychosocial framework, systems theory, and narrative family therapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused skills work. Sarah is also experienced in working with common mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety, trauma-related disorders, neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, grief and bereavement, attention disorders, bipolar disorder, and behavioral issues.

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Natasha Keller, MA, LAMFT

Woodbury Office

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
(651) 983-7892 x231

Natasha is a Licensed Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Bethel University.

Natasha works with families, children, adolescents, and individuals. Natasha’s areas of special interest include working with adoption, attachment, foster care, children, adolescents, parenting challenges, and people who have experienced trauma. In addition, Natasha is trained in PREPARE/ENRICH for premarital and marital counseling.

Natasha has worked in variety of settings, such as domestic violence shelters, schools, community-based, in-home, group home, and outpatient since 2010. Her approach is influenced by attachment theory, experiential therapy, play and art-based therapy, and systems theory.

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Leigh Frndak, MA

Woodbury Office


I am a marriage and family therapist working from a systemic perspective. I received my Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Biblical Studies minor from the University of Northwestern Minnesota. 

My clinical interests are relational dynamics in adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I take into account the systemic functioning of the family while paying attention to family strengths and challenges to help them better engage in life transitions. I work to help clients understand how past attachment issues impact current relational functioning. 

I work eclectically utilizing theory and techniques from Narrative therapy, Collaborative therapy, Experiential therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy, and Internal Family Systems therapy. I also uses techniques from CBT and DBT. My goal is to provide empathic understanding for clients with an atmosphere of compassion and security in my work.


Sydney Bandemer, MA

Woodbury Office


Sydney graduated from North Carolina's Appalachian State University with her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, along with a graduate certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. She holds her undergraduate degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. Sydney has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma, as well as individuals struggling with anxiety/stress, attachment issues, women's issues, social/peer issues, parent-child relationships, and family/relational issues.

During sessions with Sydney, together you will work comprehensively with all parts of your life to process difficult experiences, while enhancing relational skills and self-reflection. Sydney believes in a systemic approach that addresses both the individual and their environment. Together, you can work through complex communication issues, trauma patterns, and relationship conflicts. Sydney provides an open and nonjudgmental space, and welcomes all individuals



Ellen O'Brien, MA, LMFT

Maple Grove Office

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(651) 983-7892 x243

***Immediate Openings/Accepting New Clients***

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) trained in psychotherapy & focus on the interlocking relationships between families & individuals. My focus is assisting individuals & couples in exploring & finding a sense of well-being, movement, & self-identity through the Adlerian, Internal Family Systems, & Experiential Therapy approaches.

I strive to facilitate a safe space for individuals as they explore, develop, & nurture their own strengths. These strengths allow individuals to identify & tackle their challenges with confidence and comfort. I believe this mindful awareness & assurance lends itself to increased self-worth, goal directedness, & social embeddedness, which comes together in a trifecta of self-growth.

I am able to complete diagnostic assessments as to identify mental health diagnoses & develop comprehensive treatment plans as to set intentions for care.  Collaboratively we will explore challenges, identify strengths, learn and develop skills, and help you take charge of your life.

My specialty areas include: individual systemic therapy, family therapy, marriage & couples therapy, relationships, parenting support, anxiety, depression, trauma, goal orientation, self-esteem, & self-development.


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Whitney Hinrichs, MA

Maple Grove Office


Whitney completed her Master's of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University and enjoys working with teens, adults, and couples. Whitney has worked in a variety of settings such as schools, community-based, in-home, group home, intensive day treatment, and outpatient since 2012. 

Whitney seeks to provide a kind, caring, non-judgmental environment where client's are challenged and encouraged to develop a more fit perspective.

Whitney is able to complete diagnostic assessments as to identify mental health diagnoses and develop comprehensive treatment plans to guide care.Whitney has experience in completing one time Diagnostic Assessments for legal purposes.  Additionally, Whitney engages in Telehealth, a form of online mental health therapy, as to reach clients whom may have difficulty traveling to the office due to weather or transportation difficulties. 

Specialty areas include: working with trauma-related victims such as sex-trafficking, sexual assault/sexual abuse and domestic violence, depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, grief and loss, behavioral issues, identity issues, chemical dependency, relationship/intimacy difficulties, as well as chronic pain and illness.


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Jennifer John, MA, LMFT

Shoreview Office

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(651) 983-7892 x241

Entering into (or even the thought of entering into) a therapeutic process takes a lot of ambition and courage. The therapy process is not an easy one, but it can be a highly successful and rewarding one when it lessens your suffering, reduces troubling symptoms, and increases your ability to cope with the stressors of life. These are all outcomes that are best achieved within a nurturing and supportive relationship with a helping professional. It would be my honor to support you in your quest towards health.

My approach to care is an integrative one that focuses on whole person health. Many factors can lead to mental health symptoms (biological and lifestyle factors, psychological factors, relational factors, spiritual factors, etc.). I have found in my work that taking a wide-angle lens approach to treatment is most beneficial in getting at root causes that will drive lasting change (no band-aid techniques here).

Areas that I have a special interest in include: Anxiety disorders, depression, medical family therapy / integrative care, parenting, relationship issues, infertility/reproductive issues, families struggling with chronic illness or disability, stress and the mind-body connection, work-life balance, vocational unrest, spirituality, and pre-marital and marital counseling/enrichment.

I am currently accepting adult clients and couples.