Therapists in Minneapolis:

Dr. David Thompson - Minneapolis Psychologist

Dr. Thompson is a MN licensed psychologist who has been working with people - providing therapy, family counseling and psychological assessments - for 14 years. His practice settings have included:

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  • Private and public mental health clinics
  • Substance abuse rehab center
  • In-school counseling clinic
  • In-home therapy agency
  • Hospital in-patient psych ward
  • San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room

In addition to clinical work, Dr. Thompson is an adjunct professor in Argosy University's doctoral psychology program and also teaches and leads groups at Chiron. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His training there consisted of a wide range of psychological research in addition to clinical work with client populations diverse in age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and presenting complaint.

Dr. Thompson was born and raised in Minneapolis, but has lived on both coasts, in the mountains of Colorado, and even in Mexico. After 12 years away from MN spent in studies and professional training, he has returned home permanently to practice psychology, continue his research, write, and raise a family.


Jenna Peterson, MA, PsyD, LP - Licensed Psychologist


Dr. Peterson has worked with adults, adolescents, and children from diverse sociocultural backgrounds in a variety of settings in Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Minnesota, including community mental health, correctional, outpatient, residential, and university counseling centers. Her clinical and research interests include psychodynamic theory and trauma, including the intergenerational transmission of trauma within families and communities. She practices from psychodynamic and relational frameworks, which embrace culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed interventions, to support clients in developing self-understanding, establishing meaningful relationships with others, and navigating life-defining challenges. Her clinical areas of focus include providing psychotherapy to individuals who have experienced traumatic and stressful life events, relational difficulties and loss, substance use concerns, anxiety, depression, anger, family of origin issues, and individuals interested in cultural identity exploration.

Dr. Peterson earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota.


Galen David, GCFP, LPCC - Psychotherapist, Mind-Body Practitioner

Galen sees people of all ages, as well as couples.  He works with a breadth of issues, and believes that regardless of whether people have become lost in the stress and pain of their lives, feel stuck or ill at ease in their bodies, or are have become overburdened spiritually, growth and change are always possible. Whether addressing mental, physical, or spiritual concerns, Galen believes health can be cultivated by attending to and refining embodied perspective. This fully somatic sense of agency requires commitment to a learning process that unfolds over time, however relief from distress is often more within reach than we first believe.

Galen's experience stretches the gamut of mind-body-soul-spirit.  He earned his MFA in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is a longtime student of the Japanese art of Aikido, currently teaching at the Twin Cities Aikido Center in St Paul.  He is a Guild Certified Feldenkrias Practitioner (a mind-body healing art), holds a master's degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy, and is licensed in MN as a Clinical Counselor.

For more info on Galen's unique expertise in a mind-body approach to psychological health, click here.


Renata Tinoco-Stephens - Psychoanalyst

Renata believes that each individual frames their life from their experiences, and such experiences can cause distress, sometimes making life unbearable.  She invites her clients in the direction of the unconscious mental process to create healing and promote change.  With wholeheartedness and non-judgmental support, Renata offers a deep journey in search for keys to unveil the answers that lie within, to find insight, and ways to deal with the underlying causes of emotional and psychological symptoms. She supposes that it is through telling one's unique story that one can re-write it.

Renata works with clients of all ages, with symptoms related, but not limited to trauma, anxiety, depression, and sexuality.  Renata's fluency in English, Portuguese and Spanish has given her a wide range of experience working with culturally diverse individuals.

Renata's professional experience includes language and literature teaching.  She has worked as a translator and interpreter, as well as an international travel liaison.

Renata continues her psychoanalytical education with the Brazilian School of Psychoanalysis and the IPLA - Institute of Lacanian Psychoanalysis. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary's University, and is currently working under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson. 


Ryan Peterson - Psychotherapist

Ryan supports people in accessing their own unique and personal power as they navigate their growth, healing, and integrations. His style is a dynamic inquiry through which a person is invited to explore their own true insights, wisdom, and willingness that it takes to live authentically, with all the parts. He helps people find their workable edges so that their efforts are maximized and the results are felt. Many people have an intuition of when it’s time to make changes, but are uncertain about how to do this, or where to begin. By listening deeply, and by holding a compassionate, non-judgmental space, Ryan supports them in their own unique process. 

Ryan practices Authentic Relating, which is a set of techniques that support direct, honest, and compassionate communication. It helps expand emotional literacy and empathy with the intention to create more rich and meaningful interactions throughout a person’s life. People are able to bring these skills into their relationships and often find that they are more seen (and see others) and understood for who they are.

Ryan is working towards licensure as an LPCC through the Counseling and Psychological Services Program at St. Mary's University of Minnesota and is working under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson.


Kendelle Perkins - Psychotherapist

Kendelle has 4 years of experience working with adolescents and adults in the mental health field. Kendelle’s approach is to work with individuals on finding the best therapeutic approach for them. Kendelle works with clients on anxiety, depression, trauma, violence related trauma, relationships, goal setting and much more. Kendelle’s approach is to empower individuals and help them feel more positive in their overall lives. Additionally, Kendelle integrates various meditation or breathing techniques into the session to promote a mindful lifestyle. Kendelle also has experience with ethnic/cultural diversity and has traveled to Bolivia to educate various health care professionals on mental illness and mental health techniques.

Kendelle received her undergraduate degree at the University on Minnesota of Duluth with a double major in English and Psychology. Kendelle is currently working on her master’s degree in clinical psychology through Capella University. In her free time, Kendelle enjoys reading, writing, skiing, riding her horse, traveling, and playing with her dog.  She provides therapy under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson.


Dana Elkun, MA, MFA - Psychotherapist

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Dana uses a discerning and integrative approach to support clients toward wellness. She works with clients on anxiety, depression, trauma, and a range of life transitions, including sexuality and sexual identity, relationships, divorce, pregnancy, parenting concerns, and loss. She is available to work with adolescents, adults, couples, or any constellation of family members. Dana’s professional background also includes her work as a writer and writing teacher. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary's University and is working towards licensure under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson.



Cody Oaks, M.A. - Psychotherapist

Cody believes that personal insight and self-exploration are powerful motivators for individual change, and he integrates existential & psychodynamic approaches to therapy to aid in this journey.  Cody works from a collaborative, relationship-oriented perspective which views the person not as a bundle of symptoms but as a gestalt: a holistic human being in her/his full totality.  Cody has particular expertise in working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, spiritual/meaning crises, adjustment issues, and grief; and with individuals who wish to deepen in self-knowledge and personal authenticity.

Prior to clinical work in psychotherapy, Cody studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated from Luther Seminary with an M.A. in Systematic Theology, providing him with an unique ability and background to address spiritual/philosophical concerns in a clinical setting. In addition to his work as a clinician, Cody is active in presenting, teaching, and publishing on issues in existential psychology with a specific focus on the work of Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard.  Cody earned his M.A. in Counseling & Psychological Services from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and is working towards LPCC licensure under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson.


Kurt Pope, M.A. - Psychotherapist

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Kurt creates a collaborative and optimistic environment for his clients so they may achieve therapeutic goals. As experts of their own experience, clients increase awareness of their purposeful behavior, create a realistic life vision, and take steps toward becoming who they want to be in a meaningful fashion. By integrating Adlerian, Jungian, and other orientations, Kurt promotes a balanced life of community, love, work, and spirituality.

Kurt was born in Minnesota and has also spent time living in Las Vegas and France. His personal interests include Bikram yoga, visual arts, dream work, and hiking. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler Graduate School and working toward LPCC licensure under the supervision of Dr. Thompson.


Laura Ford, M.A. - Psychotherapist


Laura endorses a compassionate, non-judgmental and collaborative approach with clients that emphasizes development of client insight and self-acceptance.  She works with clients on diverse issues such as anxiety, anger, trauma, perfectionistic thinking, relationship and parenting difficulties, grief and loss, shame, family of origin and attachment issues, adjustment problems and self-doubt.  While her therapeutic orientation is eclectic, she most frequently utilizes psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Laura has eight years of experience providing counseling services to adults and families from varied cultures and backgrounds. She worked previously in social work and non-profit management. These work experiences, as well as time spent traveling in Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe, inform her practice and help to create an environment that is comfortable and inclusive for clients.  Laura earned her Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University and currently works under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson.


Dan Ronken, MA, LADC, LPCC - Psychotherapist

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Dan has been counseling individuals for 10 years with a specific emphasis on recovering from addictions and developing strategies for coping with symptoms of attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He works with adults and adolescents, offering individual therapy as well as couples and family counseling. He approaches the work from a relational orientation.  Dan's professional career prior to becoming a therapist includes founding and operating a marketing and web design agency, hosting the flagship Animal Planet Exposition, and General Sales Manager for a telecommunications firm. His interests include yoga and meditation, biking, and reading. Dan is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, holds a Master's degree in psychology and is working towards LPCC licensure under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson.


Dr. Oliver Ross - Licensed Psychologist

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Dr. Ross works with adults, adolescents, and couples from an integrated approach to therapy that emphasizes the development of a supportive and collaborative relationship. He draws on several techniques when working with clients to increase awareness of painful emotional patterns, and uses creativity in helping clients to discover behaviors that help with getting unstuck and moving toward wellness. His areas of clinical specialty include, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addictive behaviors, relationships, trauma, shame, and mindfulness.  He has worked in a variety of settings, including:

  • Crisis counseling center
  • Substance abuse rehab centers
  • Veteran’s residential rehab center
  • In-home brain-injury rehabilitation
  • University Counseling Service

Dr. Ross earned his doctorate in psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota.  More info about Dr. Ross is available here.


Karen Ilvedson, M.A. - Psychotherapist

Karen Ilvedson

Karen brings a holistic and integrative approach to therapy that draws on her background in depth and transpersonal psychology as well as esoteric and alternative spiritual traditions. Karen holds an MA in Transpersonal Psychology from the University of Philosophical Research. She is a member of the Minnesota Jung Association and a three-year participant in the Minnesota Seminar for Jungian studies. Her interests include transpersonal psychology, depth psychology,  Jungian analysis, Alchemy, Hermetic philosophy and spiritual emergencies. Karen is working towards licensure as an LPCC through Adler Graduate School under the licensed supervision of Dr. Thompson.



Nina Shadi, M.S., LPC - Psychotherapist

Nina has 5 years of experience working in the counseling and mental health field.  Her approach to therapy is eclectic, empathic, and collaborative, utilizing different therapeutic techniques to tailor therapy to each individuals needs. She believes that by establishing a trusting, supportive environment that is relationship-based, clients can gain the insight and tools to understand the roots of their present difficulties, allowing them to move towards healing and growth.

Nina's ethnically diverse background along with her professional experience working with diverse clientele gives her a valuable multi-cultural perspective on human psychology.  She has experience successfully working with depression, anxiety, anger related issues, relationship and family difficulties, personality disorders, transitional challenges, developmental disorders, mood disorders, and victims of abuse and trauma. Nina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.