New Story Counseling

Our Team

Naomi Tabassum

She/Her

Trauma/EMDR

Queer Identities

Relational/Cultural

Naomi is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensed in the state of North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Dakota State University.

She works to create a unique experience for each client to best address their needs, meet their goals, and utilize their strengths and resources. Naomi is queer-identified and takes a non-judgmental perspective, honoring each client’s identity, worldview, religion, abilities, and preferences. She will work with you from a holistic approach to address all areas of your life that may be impacting your mental health, such as physical, environmental, spiritual, social, and cultural.

Trista Schon

She/Her

Trauma

Depression

Anxiety

Trista is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensed in the state of North Dakota and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Minnesota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Mary.

She utilizes many different therapy modalities and techniques which are tailored to each individual person’s needs. She works primarily with adults focusing on depression, anxiety and panic disorders, trauma, PTSD, and she utilizes EMDR. She is LGBTQIA+ affirmative, and works with people who are queer, trans, or questioning gender identity. Her goal is to help you reach your personal goals through building a trusting therapeutic relationship and providing and ensuring a holistic approach. She works with you as a whole; mind, body, and spirit. She strives to provide a non judgmental environment where you feel supported, working towards improving your life, and reaching your goals.

Erika Lake

She/Her

Strength-Based

EMDR

Adults

Erika earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. She is licensed at the independent level as a clinical social worker.

Utilizing a strengths-based approach, she uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the unique needs of each individual client. Erika strives to meet every person where they are at in life, while creating a safe, supportive, and empowering environment.

Megan Degenstein

She/Her

Relational

Gender Identity

Depression

Megan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota and North Dakota. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Dakota State University. Megan’s goal as a counselor is to cultivate a secure space for you to share your unique story collaboratively and constructively.

As a client, you can expect that she will respect your journey and process by meeting you where you are in this moment. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches to help you work toward your individualized goals including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Choice Theory, EMDR, and Relational Cultural Therapy. This approach allows you to explore the connections between thoughts, behaviors, and actions in all realms of your life in order to foster manageable, positive, and sustainable change. Furthermore, she is LGBTQIA+ affirmative and specializes in working with clients who are queer, transgender, and/or questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. She also specializes in working with young adults, individuals with depression, relational concerns, and life transitions.

Denage Sauve

She/Her

Trauma

Anxiety

Relational Issues

Denage is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of North Dakota and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Minnesota. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota and Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Dakota State University.

Her goal as a counselor is to foster a safe space and develop a healthy, collaborative relationship that leads to personal growth, increased insight, and authentic living. She believes each individual has their own story to embrace, and that by having the right therapeutic support and understanding, an empowered and fulfilled lifestyle can be achieved. She greatly values connecting with each of her clients, and strives to elicit strength, compassion, and healing in her sessions.  She is LGBTQIA+ affirmative and specializes in anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, relational issues, codependency, and identity development. She utilizes a variety of evidenced-based approaches such as EMDR, Emotion-Focused Therapy, CBT, and Relational Cultural Therapy.

Ally Rust

She/Her

Trauma

Depression

Children

Ally is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensed in the state of North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Development from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, also from North Dakota State University.

Her goal as a counselor is to create a safe space for the individual to explore their full self to best address their concerns and reach their goals. Ally believes each person is unique and strives to meet clients where they are through building of the therapeutic relationship and counseling approaches tailored to the individual. She serves people from ages five through adulthood struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and other emotional/behavioral concerns. Ally focused heavily on the therapy relationship while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Ashley Vogel

She/Her

Holistic

Teens

Young Adults

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensed in the state of North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology-Human Services from Northern State University. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Dakota State University.

Ashley’s goal as a counselor is to create a safe, accepting, and empowering space for individuals to grow and heal. She meets individuals where they are at, incorporating their strengths, interests, and creativity into each session. Ashley sees adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relational concerns, self-worth, and identity exploration. She uses a variety of evidenced-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, and Solution Focused therapy.

Sam Navratil

She/Her

Trauma

Depression

Anxiety

Sam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), in the state of North Dakota. She has a Master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota. Sam’s professional goal in therapy is to provide the safe and supportive place that every person deserves in order to work through the things that they have been holding inside.

Sam’s therapeutic style is collaborative, down-to-earth, and person-centered. You can expect a non-judgmental space that will help you to feel comfortable during all stages of the process. Together you will create a plan that promotes coping and growth and incorporates evidence based therapy practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and a mix of trauma informed interventions such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and somatic or body-based strategies. Sam works with adults and couples. She is LGBTQIA+ affirming, experienced in Veteran issues, and specializes in addressing stressful life transitions, anxiety, trauma, depression, challenging relationships, and insomnia/nightmares.

Jen Kimball Walter

She/Her

Trauma Focused

Mindfulness

Person Centered

Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of North Dakota. She graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Work from the University of North Dakota and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in mental health from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work.

Jen strives to ensure each client feels safe and supported throughout the treatment process and feels that a collaborative working relationship is the cornerstone to personal growth.

She specializes in strengths based trauma focused care with a special emphasis in mindfulness practice. She is trained in a number of approaches to address anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and family/relationship dynamics. Jen is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and various trauma focused interventions to include Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Sydney Glende

She/Her

All Areas

Person-Centered

Internal Family Systems

Sydney is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of North Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead and later went on for graduate school at the University of Mary, earning her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Sydney respects your strength and vulnerability, offering a safe, nonjudgmental space to express your truth; to process, grow, and heal. She values authenticity and welcomes you to be your truest self in whatever way you’re comfortable.

Sydney takes a holistic and collaborative approach incorporating theories such as the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, person-centered therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, bibliotherapy, mindfulness, and several other approaches as applicable. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

Sydney works with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, is LGBTQIA+ affirming, and is culturally competent. She would be honored to join you in your journey, healing, & personal growth!

Katie Prochniak

She/Her

Trauma/EMDR

Relational

Adults

Katie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of North Dakota. She earned a Bachelor’s in Human Development and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at North Dakota State University.

She is passionate about creating a safe, nonjudgmental therapeutic space that leads to personal healing, growth, and empowerment by instilling hope and utilizing the client’s strengths. Katie believes her role as a counselor is to act as a guide and source of support while ultimately meeting clients where they are in their journey towards living authentically. She values connection and the collaborative therapeutic relationship. Katie describes her counseling style as nurturing, yet direct.

Katie works with a variety of mental health concerns while specializing in relational issues, identity exploration, body image concerns, and complex trauma/PTSD with an emphasis on domestic and sexual violence. She uses an array of evidence-based approaches including Relational-Cultural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is LGBTQIA+ affirming and works with adults.

Rachelle Brown

She/Her

Trauma/EMDR

Person Centered

Alternative Lifestyles

Rachelle is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) in the state of North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Rachelle encourages autonomy and self-expression while fostering a safe, collaborative therapeutic relationship. She is queer identified, compassionate, and non-judgmental, and she enjoys working with adults of all backgrounds and abilities. She utilizes various evidence-based approaches such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational Cultural Theory, and Person-Centered therapy. Furthermore, Rachelle has a passion for complex trauma, specifically domestic violence and sexual assault and she also enjoys incorporating art into her therapy sessions.