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13700 83rd Way North #201

Maple Grove, MN 55369 


(o) 763.400.7475
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​I am a graduate of University of Minnesota MS with a bachelors degree in Education. I have 27 years of management experience. Additionally, I hold a license in Educational Training and Executive Administration. Prior to joining MN Counseling and Couples Center, my experience included working as a  Senior General Manager for MRS, in addition to both regional and district manager’s positions at NHA.

I am pleased to be a part of the MNCCC team and happy to  help support the clients we serve. 


Contact me at: admin@mncounselingandcouplescenter.com

Lori Cao, MA, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I completed my graduate degree through the Minnesota School of Psychology at Argosy University. I’m an EMDR Certified Therapist with a specialty in addictions and trauma as it impacts individuals and their loved ones. Additionally, I offer support to mental health professionals as an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, AAMFT and Minnesota Board Approved Supervisor,  in addition to a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy Approved Supervisor.

Jana Sczepanski Palkert, RN, CST, LMFT


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Registered Nurse. I have over 25 years of experience working in the mental health and medical health care fields. I completed my bachelors  degree from St. Catherine University and my masters degree from the MN School of Psychology and Behavioral Science at Argosy University.  Additionally, I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and  a Certified EMDR Therapist through EMDRIA.   As a MN Board Certified MFT Supervisor, I provide consultation to colleagues and other professionals on marriage/couples therapy. 

I particularly enjoy helping clients strengthen and heal their emotional bonds in order to find greater satisfaction and joy in their relationships.  I have years of experience working with couples, adults and families; drawing from a psychosocial-spiritual perspective.  My experience includes general mental health concerns, spiritual guidance, chemical dependency, and relationship issues. I am also trained and experienced in providing divorce and parenting mediation as a qualified neutral on the Minnesota Supreme Court ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) roster. I am trained in the transformative approach where the focus is to assist each party stay in control and work through differences smoothly, without lasting resentments. 


I have a desire to help couples heal and improve emotional connection and intimacy, work through betrayals, and understand conflict cycles/resolution. I have a special interest in treating both chemical and sexual addiction.  Additionally, I provide Christian Counseling and Christian Marriage Counseling to those clients seeking that therapy approach. 

Contact me at: David@mncouselingandcouplescenter.com

Warmth and sensitivity are words that embody what I bring to my client sessions. I know myself to be a non-judgmental listener who believes deeply in the inner capacity of my clients. I am also practical in my approach and believe that if I ask the right questions, you will find answers.


My experience includes marriage and couples therapy with a focus on conflicts, communication, parenting concerns, and affairs. I have experience working with sexual addiction and gender identity; and have also worked extensively in the world of domestic violence, providing assessments and treatment. I also have a special interest in working with couples considering divorce or separation and have been trained in Discernment Counseling; a therapy approach to help couples discern their commitment to one another and find a healing path.

Contact me at: Tyra@mncounselingandcouplescenter.com

Dr. David Lippitt, PhD, LMFT 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an ordained Lutheran pastor with over 40 years experience in the pastoral counseling and mental health fields. I completed my undergraduate degree from Luther College, my M.Div. degree from Luther Seminary, my M.S. degree in family therapy from St. Thomas of Villanova University, and my Ph.D. in family psychology from Capella University.  I have held numerous positions throughout my professional career including Pastor/Ministry, Out-patient Chemical Dependency Counseling, Mental Health Clinician, and Adjunct Professor at the College of Behavioral Science at Argosy University teaching a variety of on-line courses.

Annie Rickard,
​Administrative Assistant

​I am the Administrative Assistant at MN Counseling  

and Couples Center.  I oversee all of the administrative

functions for the providers and the counseling center in general. My responsibilities include handling of all client administration including scheduling, client billing and accounts payable. 

Tyra Hughes, MA, LMFT


I received my master’s degree from St. Mary’s in Minneapolis and completed my undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and enjoy working with couples in all stages of their relationship. I am a Certified Prepare & Enrich Counselor and help couples as they prepare for marriage.  Additionally, I currently hold a position as an Adjunct Professor at The College of Behavioral Science at Argosy University, teaching a variety of undergraduate psychology courses. I thoroughly enjoy working with students in the academic setting. 

Our Team

My work and passion centers on healing and strengthening relationships. I believe secure emotional and intimate connections with others; along with self awareness and acceptance, are foundational to joyful living.  I have many years of experience working with individuals, couples and families in all areas of relationship healing and wellness.  I also have experience working in out-patient treatment, helping couples and families as they work through chemical dependency and other addictive behaviors. I work from a pro-marriage/ pro-commitment stance, and have a desire to help couples heal and rebuild their relationship.  I specialize in  Marriage and Couples Therapy, Relationship Counseling and Sex/Intimacy Therapy including Sex Addictions. 


My current areas of focus include working with couples or adults experiencing sex/intimacy concerns, conflict and communication issues, and emotional disengagement.  I provide insight, awareness and new effective solutions to help my clients understand their cycles and learn new skills for positive communication and emotional connection. I have been trained in Discernment Counseling;  a treatment approach to help couples who are considering  divorce or separation, or those who are separated and want to give their marriage another try. I also focus on helping couples healing from an affair, betrayal or other emotional or physical trauma.


As a Certified Sex Therapist, I work with couples and individuals in all areas of sexuality, including: sex/intimacy, sexual dysfunctions, sexual trauma, gender identity/orientation and compulsive sexual behaviors (sex addiction). Additionally, I have an interest in working with women of all ages, to educate and enhance sexual health and wellness. 

Contact me at: Jana@mncounselingandcouplescenter.com


Our Services

I work with couples, individuals and families to address a variety of concerns such as conflicts, communication, intimacy, finances, parenting, affairs/betrayals, addictions, and mental health struggles such as depression,  anxiety, compulsive behaviors and other mood disorders. I've been trained in Discernment Counseling; a treatment approach for couples considering divorce but are seeking more clarity and confidence about the decision.  I specialize in chemical and/or sexual addiction and work both individually and with the couple/family to provide treatment and healing. Additionally, I also specialize in treating unaddressed significant or traumatic events that impact health and well-being in a way that is productive and strengthens relationships.  My approach is to create an environment to foster mutual collaboration, transparency, support, empowerment and respect. 


I have extensive experience helping couples, individuals and families struggling with the interconnectedness of mental health, addictions and repairing of relationships. My experience working with inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency programs has afforded the opportunity to witness, time and again, how hard couples, individuals and families strive to be happy and have loving reliable relationships. This is true for all of us. Life presents challenges we are unprepared to handle, distracts from attending to priorities, or derails from achieving our goals.


Contact me at: Lori@mncounselingandcouplescenter.com