- Efrén Solanas, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues
Efrén is the grand explorer of the Relationship Therapy Center. Whatever journey his clients are on, he enthusiastically jumps on and is the consummate companion and guide – no matter where that journey ventures. Efrén has the ability to honor individuals and relationships in a way we’ve never seen before. He holds the kind of respect for people that can’t be taught. It can only be earned over a lifetime of myriad experiences – all in the service of trying to understand the intricacies and complexities of how relationships work.
This ability to honor each person leads his clients to feeling profoundly cared for and seen for who they are and what they want from life (and therapy). Therapy is not a job for Efrén – it’s his calling. Every experience, every ounce of life he’s had, has lead him to care for clients in a way that is uniquely personal.
- Carol Hoopman, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues
We love Carol because she walks the walk, working with couples of all different backgrounds, faiths and values. Carol is one of the most authentic people we know and you will find that you can trust her to be open, direct, and honest with you, skillfully guiding you in your relationship. She is one of our therapists that offers Christian Counseling when a couple wants faith based counseling but does not incorporate it unless requested.
Carol has a passion around helping couples who are dealing with the emotions and complexities of sex addiction. She listens and provides support in an open and nonjudgemental way. She also has compassion and experience working with couples where an affair has taken place, she doesn’t place blame or take sides, she remains a neutral and calming presence for couples to work through their feelings.
Carol is dedicated to seeing her clients when they’re available – so she works on Sundays and during the evening.
- Erin Egertson, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues
We are so confident that you are going to love working with Erin because she will love working with you. As a couples therapy clinic – we are painfully aware that very few people are truly made for the extraordinary complexity and difficulty of being a couples therapist. Erin is one of those one in a million finds. Couples therapy isn’t an extension of Erin – it is who she is. We are consistently amazed at her ability to breathe life into the most difficult and tragic situations. But what baffles us is her ability to utilize her sense of humor and infectious laugh to carry couples through into the land of hope and reconnection.
Don’t let Erin’s youthful appearance fool your, Erin is wise beyond her years, it’s almost other worldly. When we are with her, somehow, we find ourselves, without the slightest effort, feeling more calm and at ease. We find ourselves even being transformed into better partners and better people. Perhaps this transformation comes simply from how she is in the world. But the prevailing notion at RTC is that she’s an ancient soul who’s come to help and protect couples when they desperately need hope and a reprieve from the pain.
- Rachel Nygaard, BAMarriage and Family Therapy Intern
Rachel is the embodiment of kindness and warmth. You can feel her genuine caring nature the moment you meet her. She’s the kind of person that you feel like you can tell all your secrets to because there’s not a judgmental bone in her body. We love how she can hold a lot of pain for her clients; we admire how big problems don’t overwhelm her; but most of all, we appreciate how her quick wit can bring levity and hope to even the most difficult situations.
Rachel is unabashedly fixated on her clients’ goals and needs. While she is competent and well educated, she holds strong to the belief that clients have the ultimate say in their lives. Wherever her clients want to go – Rachel will do everything she can to make that journey a reality. And this brings us to what we actually love most about Rachel – her commitment. She’s committed to her clients in a way we rarely see. She will go through hell and back with the people she cares about most – because that is who she is. It is her nature and we’re so thankful to have her here at RTC.
Rachel has a special place in her heart for veterans and those actively serving in the military. She is available when her clients can attend therapy – she makes herself available most evenings.
- Allison Sickinger, MA, LAMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues
When we want to be understood – Alli is our clear choice. She has an incredible ability to make sense of the most difficult situations while also transforming those difficulties into opportunities for intimacy and connection. She’s able to accomplish this through an unassuming style that puts her clients at ease, while also challenging all of us to be the best partner we can be.
We always say that couples therapists shouldn’t take sides. Alli shreds this norm. Somehow, she takes both partners’ side. There’s a magical balance she holds in validating and caring about both partners at the same time. This quality she embodies is so critical to successful couples therapy – that she is one of the therapists we spend the most time trying to figure out and dissect her approach. Unfortunately, like so many things Alli does, this natural ability is simply part of her DNA. It reflects her basic worldview that we all deserve understanding, care, and a chance at love.
Alli works evenings and weekends (as well as some daytimes) so that you can come to therapy when it works for you.
- Nancy Carlson, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Certified
Nancy is our Resident Wise Soul (RWS). From the first time we met Nancy we knew our couples struggling the most would find hope with Nancy. Nancy is especially skilled in helping couples encountering complex grief and situations which seem profoundly hopeless. Nancy also offers Christian Counseling when clients wish to incorporate faith into their Counseling. Clients report that she is “uniquely skilled and dedicated”.
Her soft and warm presence provides an environment for clients to explore their needs and process their pain. But don’t be fooled– she will be honest and direct with you and help you change.
- Erica Falconer, MS, LMFTCouple, Individual Relationship Issues
Our current Grand Goal at RTC is to clone Erica. She characterizes all that is wonderful and true of the most talented therapists. She has a spirt that’s kind but determined. A heart that’s able to connect – but still hold you accountable. She is the complete therapeutic package. We are reminded consistently by her clients how fortunate we are to have her at RTC.
If you’re looking for someone who is warm and down to earth – ask for Erica. You’ll never feel like she’s talking down to you and you’ll instantly sense her compassion. She loves her work with couples, families, and individuals.
- David Fredman, LMFT, M.EdCouples, Individual Relationship Issues
David’s engaging style, a quick smile and often quirky sense of humor provide a combination that is easy to warm up to. His mere presence can calm the most conflicted couples and his warmth helps clients find the connection they have lost. David is uniquely nonjudgmental and works with people of all religious orientations, as well as those with no religious orientation. As a Rabbi for the past 8 years, he is especially knowledgeable about the Jewish faith and traditions.
Knowing that couples therapy can be challenging to schedule, David works daytimes, evenings and Sundays to accommodate couples.
- Amanda Tapper, MA, LMFTAffairs, Pre-Marital Counseling, Couples, Individual Relationship Issues, First-Responder Couples
She is an inspiration. Describing Amanda in words on a webpage is woefully inadequate. She is a human paradox. Her presence is both light and commanding. Her words are forceful yet compassionate. She instigates problems while solving them. Her whispers reverberate in her clients’ ears for years to come. She is a force of nature (the good nature – not the tornado or tsunami or flash flood or world coming to an end type of nature – the birds singing in your backyard type of nature).
Amanda will go the extra mile for her clients– seeing them in the evenings, knowing that availability is critical to making progress. She has a special passion and particular interest for working with Couples Healing from an Affair and First-Responder Couples as she understands the complexities and nuances that compose these unique relationships.
- Kate Kadleck, MSCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Children and Adolescents
Kate is warm and welcoming, and just the kind of person that you’d want on your side if you’re dealing with some relationship challenges. She’s great with individuals that want to sort things out, premarital couples and couples that just want to fine-tune their relationship, and also skilled at helping couples that have been struggling a long time. Kate also has a passion for working with children and adolescents and is experienced with kids as young as 5.
Unlike many therapists, Kate works Saturdays (as well as daytimes and evenings)! She knows that being able to come in at a convenient time to see her is going to make it much easier to meet your goals!
- Callie McMillan, MSCouples, Individual Relationship Issues
Callie is the therapist for you if what you need help with is your sex life! She is so good at making people feel safe and comfortable, and is well-versed in the many sexual problems that individuals and couples encounter. She can help the typical couple dealing with different levels of sex drive, or someone in the LGBTQIA or kink community. Oh, and she also sees couples that don’t have any sex issues and just need support in figuring out their relationship!
Callie takes both daytime and evening appointments to accommodate your schedule.
- Tina Neameyer, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues
Great couples therapists have great tenacity. Tina is the very embodiment of tenacity – passionate, persevering and straight to the point (PPP). Tina is warm, but she won’t hold back from telling you like it is because she believes it is her job to be honest with you. If you want your relationship to work – Tina will do everything in her power to get you there. Having someone like her on your team can make all the difference. Just try staying stuck with her. We dare you. You’re going to lose. That tenacity is infectious. You won’t be able to help yourself.
When we’re really lost and stuck – Tina is our answer.
- Emily Rudert, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents
Emily does it all– she works with couples, adolescents, and families. And she has a way of making anyone she encounters instantly feel comfortable. She’s genuine and knows how to be real, but you’ll pick up on her sense of humor right away. You can really be yourself with her and if you don’t necessarily fit in the ‘100% normal’ bucket (what is that bucket anyway?), you’ll feel right at home with Emily.
Emily takes daytime as well as evening appointments, just to make it easier to schedule with her.
- Gregg Schacher, PhD, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents, Children
Gregg is trained extensively with the best of the best in the couples therapy world. He’s extremely well educated, but also humble– a rare combination. He is the most observant person we know. He can pick up on the smallest detail and change the course of his clients’ lives.
He can see his clients’ success miles away and guide them incisively towards their hopes and dreams. He does this through a simple process of belief and guidance. He believes in his clients + provides guidance. He knows they will succeed and he shows them how. Time after time, it’s amazing how right he is. It took us 9 years to convince him that he needs to join RTC. You’ll understand our passion for him when you meet him.
- Layne Ticker, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents, Children
Layne is so warm and inviting that we have to keep the Air Conditioning on in the middle of even the coldest winters. Her ability to listen without judgment, her passion for curiosity, and her motivation to learn about you and your relationship are some of the things that make her stand out. She excels with both couples and families by really connecting with them and motivating them to grow– you can be confident they are in good hands.
Layne works with couples on a variety of issues and specializes in parenting education and parenting coaching. She knows how to support couples who are feeling disconnected, frustrated, or disinterested. She is passionate about helping people heal personal trauma to develop healthier relationships.
Layne sees client when clients can actually come to therapy– so she has both daytime and evening appointments available.
- Lisa Watson, M.Div, MA, LMFTCouples & Individual Relationship Issues
We recently scoured the vast United States in search of 1 single soul who does not absolutely love Lisa Watson. Her benevolence and kindness proved to be the venture’s ultimate undoing. She is the Washington Monument of Empthy (WME) and the Industrial Revolution of her Clients’ Healing (IRCH).
Her clients often love her more than many of their own family members. Her retention rate is legendary (178% – we didn’t even think that was possible). When people really don’t want to come to therapy – we universally say ‘See Lisa – she will fix you up.’ Lisa is so committed to her clients that she is works evenings — she understands that part of her service is about being available when couples are available to attend.
- Jeb Sawyer, MA, LMFTCo-Founder, Couples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Co-Founder
Jeb is a co-founder of The Relationship Therapy Center of Minnesota. He is one of only two Certified Gottman Therapists in Minnesota.
These days he does not take on new clients, but supervises and mentors the therapists at RTC in Gottman’s methods and FIT to ensure that all the therapists at RTC are competent and well trained.
- Theresa Benoit, MA, LMFTCo-Founder, Couples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Co-Founder, EMDR/Trauma
Theresa is a co-founder and the spirit behind the Relationship Therapy Center of Minnesota. She has over 12 years of experience working with individuals and couples.
These days she does not take on new clients, but supervises and collaborates with the therapists on her team to ensure that clients get the best possible experience at RTC. She’s known in the office by her infectious laugh.