Meet Our Team

Debbie Johnson, MA, LADC, LPCC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug CounselorLicensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Debbie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Debbie attended the Adler Graduate School and the Hazelden-Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.  Debbie did her undergraduate work at Bemidji State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology: Human Services.

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. 

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.”

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Stephanie Ruppert, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Steph (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University. Steph completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with High Distinction at Concordia University St. Paul.


Steph works with adults, teens, and families who need a safe space to discuss and work through life’s challenges. Steph has a history of working with clients who have experienced anxiety, depression, PTSD, intrusive/obsessive thoughts, body image concerns, ADHD, grief, low self-esteem/confidence, mood dysregulation, sexuality and gender concerns, learning difficulties, and life transitions.  Steph is passionate about working with members of the 2SLQBTQIA+ community, teens, and young adults. 


Steph approaches therapy from a non-judgmental, compassionate stance and provides space for clients to be themselves in therapy. Steph practices a blend of trauma-sensitive, relational, mindful cognitive behavioral, experiential, and strength-based approaches in therapy. She is IFS-Informed and a Certified Trauma Professional.


“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

— Buddha

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REBECCA PAULON, BS, LADC, MA, LAMFT

Licensed Alcohol and Drug CounselorLicensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Becky completed her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Counseling through Saint Cloud State University.  She is completing her post-graduate requirements in order to obtain MFT licensure under the supervision of Felicia at Theraplace.

Becky enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents.  As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she works with individuals and families that are affected by chemical dependency.  She has five years of experience working in addiction treatment settings, including inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Becky has worked in the mental health field providing support to clients through various settings, including in-home settings, providing skills to children, adolescents and families, through an inpatient center working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and through Intensive Treatment in Foster Care Services (ITFC).

Becky utilizes solution-focused and cognitive behavioral approaches in therapy, helping clients employ strategies to change and overcome challenges.  She also uses a trauma-informed approach.  Her special areas of interest include addiction, LGBTQ, anxiety, depression, trauma, co-dependency and grief/loss.  She enjoys helping clients learn the skills they need to live a life they love.

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Selena Stevens, MA, MHP

Mental 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.

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ABIGAIL MORD (Riley), BA, MHP

Mental Health Practitioner, Graduate Intern

Riley received their Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2019 and is completing their graduate studies at St. Mary's University.  They are working toward their Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  As part of Riley's education and training, they are completing their practicum, or supervised practical or clinical work, through Theraplace under the supervision of Felicia O'Brien.

Riley has several years of experience working with women and children in shelters, partial hospitalization programs, and with adolescents and their families in Day Treatment programs.  They utilize a holistic and systemic approach through a feminist and social justice lens.  They have a special interest in working with clients who identify as queer.  While they mainly use a blend of structural and narrative therapy, they are person-centered and use modalities that best fit each client's circumstances and approach to life.  These treatment modalities include Attachment-Based, Behavioral Therapy, Circle of Security Parenting, Client-Centered, CBT, Emotion-Focused, Family Systems, Harm Reduction, Life Skills, and Relational interventions and techniques. 

Riley's other areas of interest include helping clients work through anger, anxiety, attachment difficulties, codependency, family conflict, gender expression, identity, inter-generational issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, relationship conflict, relationship enhancement, sexual health, and sexuality issues.

Riley is passionate about providing collaborative therapy, walking the journey with clients for as long as they need.  They are currently building a caseload and welcome the opportunity to work with you.

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Felicia O'Brien, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistClinic Director, MN MFT Board Approved Supervisor, MN BBHT Board Approved Supervisor

​Felicia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with licensure in both MN and WI. 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, Applied Behavior Analysis and EAGALA. She also uses Cognitive, Existential, Behavioral, Experiential, Exposure Therapy and Solution-Focused approaches.  She has a passion for trauma-related work, including grief & loss.

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