Meet Our Team
Debbie Johnson, MA, LADC, LPCCLicensed 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.”
Stephanie Ruppert, MA, LAMFTLicensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Steph (she/her) received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with High Distinction at Concordia University. She is working toward full licensure at Theraplace, under the supervision of Felicia O'Brien.
Steph has an interest in working with adults, teens and children, and families going through challenges in life. Clients may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, body image concerns, and life transitions. She has a passion for working with members of the LGBTQIA+ Community as well.
Steph approaches therapy from a non-judgemental stance and provides space for clients to be themselves in therapy.
REBECCA PAULON, BS, LADC, MA, LAMFTLicensed 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.
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.
Felicia O'Brien, MA, LMFTLicensed Marriage and Family TherapistClinic Director, MN MFT Board Approved Supervisor, MN BBHT 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.