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13700 83rd Way North #201

Maple Grove, MN 55369 

(o) 763.400.7475
(f) 763.400.7473

I am a graduate of the 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. 

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I have a strong passion for helping others, and I draw on both my personal and professional experience when working with clients. Therefore I made a career transition from the corporate world to follow my passion to become a marriage and family therapist. With now many years of experience working with couples, adults, teens, and families, I bring warmth, humor, compassion and openness to create a space for my clients to work on their own discovery and healing.  My approach to therapy is centered around building a trusting relationship with my clients where it is safe to work on difficult, painful issues.

My experience includes marriage and couples counseling; working through issues of communication, relationship conflict, parenting concerns, sex and intimacy, affairs, separation, and divorce. I have also worked with individuals and families struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, gender identity issues, suicidal thoughts, co-parenting, blended family issues, and behavioral concerns. My specialties include working with couples and families struggling with complex communication and conflict cycles that have become difficult to understand and manage, causing hurt and emotional distance in the relationship. 

I have taught Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in groups and have also used these skills with individuals who benefit from improved coping skills and mindfulness. Depending on the client’s needs, I make use of Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people move toward healing. 
I thoroughly enjoy working with clients and feel honored to be a part of their journey.

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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 


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Certified Sex Therapist* and a Licensed Registered Nurse. I have over 25 years of experience working in the mental health and medical healthcare fields. I completed my bachelor's degree from St. Catherine University and my master's 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 an MN Board Certified MFT Supervisor, I provide consultation to colleagues and other professionals on marriage/couples therapy. 

Reema Bhattacharya MS, LAMFT

I am a Licensed Associate in Marriage & Family Therapy. I am trained in EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Reality Therapy. I have worked in the mental health field for over 10 years, first in Singapore and then in the USA. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Honors from the University of Pune, India. I completed my first Master's degree in Counseling from the University of South Australia, Adelaide, and then graduated with a Masters in Science (Marriage & Family Therapy) from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

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. 

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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 online 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. 

Our Team

I have lived in the US for many years and consider this home now. I have worked with diverse clients from different ethnic, psycho-social and religious backgrounds. Over my career, I have worked with couples, individuals, and children in various clinical settings. I have worked with clients with co-occurring disorders of mental health and chemical dependency in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

I am trauma-informed, gender-responsive, multi-cultural, non-judgmental and very humanistic in my approach to working with my clients. I work collaboratively with my clients to understand their needs and work with them to help meet their goals. I apply both Western and Eastern models of psychology and philosophy in my work based on my client's needs. 

My current areas of focus for the last few years have been working with couples and adults experiencing relational difficulties; struggles with addiction and other co-occurring disorders, difficulty with emotional connections and intimacy, conflict, communication, parenting, affairs, betrayals and mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mood disorders.  I am trained in EMDR and incorporate EMDR to help my clients work through their past hurts, past wounds and significant traumas both from past and present that are impacting their lives and their relationships. My passion is to help couples connect better by helping them identify and understand their needs, recognize the strengths within themselves and in each other, and learn to address and navigate the differences.  

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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. 

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Janell R. Johnson MA, MFT

I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis and completed a Bachelor's of Arts Degree at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, my educational background includes completing a second Master’s Degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing and Literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

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.

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