The counselors at Connected Families® are licensed professionals with many years of experience working with youth in a variety of settings.
MA, LMFT, CLC – Therapist & Trainer
Ben has a Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Psychology from the Adler Graduate School and is a Certified Life Coach. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from North Park University. Ben has more than fifteen years of experience working with adolescents and their families as a mentor, coach and therapist. His specialties include connecting with adolescents in ways that bring about change and understanding, and helping families connect in ways that are meaningful. After two years of intensive Signs of Safety practice, Ben joined our Signs of Safety training/consulting team in 2010 and has been helping train across the state and country. He has a passion for working with families and adolescents that feel hopeless and discouraged. Ben enjoys experiencing the outdoors with his family. He also likes mountain biking and cross country skiing.
Ben is dedicated to helping out parents and he puts his heart and soul into it. My kids have seen a huge difference – I interact with them in a much more constructive way.
-Henry, father of three kids
MSW, LICSW – Therapist & Trainer
Sarah obtained her Masters of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, where she was also a child welfare scholar and earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Winona State University. In her work at Connected Families, Sarah coordinates and facilitates Signs of Safety training and she works directly with children, teens and families. Sarah came to Connected Families with 4 years of direct Signs of Safety experience as a social worker within the county system. Sarah has worked professionally as a social worker for 9 years and specializes in working with children and families. Sarah’s experience includes working with children, teens, families within the child welfare system and through mentorship, school and community-based programs. Sarah especially enjoys working with elementary age children and supporting parents who are addressing issues facing children and adolescents. Sarah enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and spending time outdoors enjoying the many activities Minnesota has to offer.
MA, LMFT – Therapist & Trainer
Andrea has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Communication (with minors in Leadership Studies and Psychology) from Bethel University. Andrea has worked with adolescents for five years, and has counseled with couples, families, and teens since 2007. She especially enjoys working with premarital couples as well as adolescents and their parents. After three years of intensive Signs of Safety practice, Andrea began offering training and consulting for Signs of Safety in 2010. Her spare time activities include exercising, cooking and reading and she is interested in theology, psychology and philosophy. Andrea says, “I am passionate about seeing God working in our world. I enjoy participating with people who create a vision for change in their lives and take steps towards it.”
After working with Andrea, we finally have our daughter back.
-Jane, mom of teenage daughter
MA, LMFT – Director of Partnerships
Bill has a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler Graduate School, and graduated with a double major in Biology and Religion from St. Olaf College. Bill’s specialty is working with teenagers. Formerly a director of a youth outreach center for seven years, Bill excels at connecting with teens, and leverages his knowledge to help their parents. He is able to gracefully step into a volatile crisis with a calm and reassuring presence. Bill is also a lead Signs of Safety trainer, having trained and consulted extensively since 2008. Bill likes to spend time outdoors fishing, hunting and golfing.
Our son told us, ‘Bill is the only one who understands me…’ so that is why we are calling you back for more help.”
– parent of a 13-year-old
Strategist, Signs of Safety
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