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- Rachel Nygaard, MS, LAMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues
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.
- 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.
*Please note that Nancy is only accepting new clients for our Intensive Couples Counseling program.
- 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 spirit 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 – you want to work with 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.
*Please note that Erica is only accepting new clients for our Intensive Couples Counseling program.
- 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.