Meet Our Team
Selena Stevens, MA, MHPMental Health Practitioner
Selena received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is completing her post-graduate work through Theraplace.
Selena has experience working with children, families and adults in schools, clinics and in-home settings. She is certified as a Circle of Security parent educator, which teaches families about attachment and its impact on relationships and enhances skills in bonding. Selena works from a strengths-based approach to help individuals and families realize they are more than their diagnosis. Her interests include working with people suffering from depression, anxiety, behavior and learning issues, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, self-esteem issues and parenting issues.
Paul Reps, MA, LAMFTLicensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Paul is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. He has been with Theraplace completing his post-graduate work since 2018. He is enthusiastic about seeing people develop into their best selves with the help of therapy.
Paul is particularly interested in working with people who feel out of place in the world. He is keen to help people navigate and grow into their best possible selves, whether that's through a better understanding of themselves or through working on relationships.
Paul works with individuals, married couples, non-traditional couples, and other relationship systems (polyamorous, non-romantic, asexual relationships, and more). His philosophy of therapy aligns with his belief that everyone is at their happiest and healthiest when they are able to find the courage to express how they feel and to be their truest self.
Debbie Johnson, MA, LADC, MHPLicensed Alcohol and Drug CounselorMental Health Practitioner
Observing the prevalence of addiction in our society, Debbie chose to earn a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling through the Hazelden-Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She completed additional coursework through the Adler Graduate School in Richfield, MN. Debbie did her undergraduate work at Bemidji State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology: Human Services. She is completing post graduate requirements in order to obtain LPCC licensure. Debbie is a Mental Health Practitioner under the supervision of Felicia O’Brien at Theraplace.
Debbie worked as an advocate for victims of sexual violence for 2.5 years and then worked with the SPMI populations in a private, outpatient clinic for 10.5 years as an adult mental health case manager. Debbie works with adults and issues related to depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, grief, loss and trauma. She also has a special interest in working with seniors and matters related to end-of-life issues.
Debbie is trained in EMDR. She believes that clients are the experts of their own lives and that all clients have strengths from which to draw in order to meet their life’s goals. Coming from a person-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, and Adlerian approach, Debbie aligns herself alongside her clients and is willing to embark on the therapeutic journey with them.
“By empowering others, I help clients gain control so they can make the best choices to fulfill their life goals.”
Brienna SCHWARTZ, MA, MHPMental Health Practitioner
Brienna received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from the University of St. Thomas. She is working towards full licensure at Theraplace, under the supervision of Felicia O’Brien.
Brienna has experience working with young adults, individuals, and couples. She is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. She has a special interest in relationship challenges, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, and loss. Brienna is able to provide mindfulness and Christian based services. Brienna works with her clients to process challenges and develop tools to overcome them. She uses a strength-based approach to infuse hope and join her clients on their journey.
Maggie Wilkinson, MA, MHPMental Health Practitioner
Maggie obtained her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Communication and Film from Bethel University, where she began her journey in wanting to share in the stories of others. After working in the film and music industries, Maggie shifted her career focus to working with young people through a high school mentoring program with AmeriCorps. From that experience, she decided she wanted to commit herself to working with children, teens, and their parents, strengthening family relationships and helping them move toward their goals. She is currently working toward her full licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy, working under the supervision of Felicia O’Brien at Theraplace.
Maggie believes the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of therapy. It is through building this positive relationship with her clients that she believes change and healing can happen. Her approach is strengths-based and her interests include helping individuals and families that might be experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, behavior issues, grief, relational issues (such as parent/child, family, or couples), and issues related to spirituality.
Stephanie Ruppert, BA, MHPMental Health PractitionerGraduate Intern
Steph is a graduate intern completing her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with Highest Distinction from Concordia University. She is directly supervised by Felicia and works with each of our clinicians at Theraplace.
Steph has an interest in working with adults, teens and children going through challenges in their lives, such as: symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss, and struggles related to COVID-19. She has a passion for working with members of the LGBTQIA+ Community as well.
Steph approaches therapy from a collaborative stance and feels everyone deserves the power to be the narrator/writer of their own story.
Felicia O'Brien, MA, LMFTLicensed Marriage and Family TherapistClinic Director, Board Approved Supervisor
Felicia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Family Social Science, from the University of Minnesota. She is a Board Approved Supervisor through the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. She provides supervision to Pre-Licensed Clinicians seeking licensure as a MFT, LPC and LPCC.
Felicia believes that each person is unique and strives to cater her therapeutic approach to best fit the needs of each client. She believes that the relationship between therapist and client is the catalyst to change and finds it essential that each client feels validated. With the support of a therapist, clients may discover new insights and make changes to reach their goals. She tries to balance acceptance and change in therapy, encouraging growth through validation.
Felicia has worked in the mental health field since 2007. She has spent time in a variety of settings, including working with families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home, school, and community environments, working with adults and adolescents experiencing psychiatric crises in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Units of a hospital, and working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple, and family therapy in outpatient clinic settings.
Felicia is intensively trained in EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis. She also uses Cognitive, Existential, Behavioral, Experiential, Exposure Therapy and Solution-Focused approaches. She has a passion for trauma-related work and couples' therapy. Felicia is a Gottman Level I Trained Clinician and is also EAGALA Certified.