About the Therapists of Bridging Hope Counseling

Bridging Hope Counseling is an mental health group practice counseling service offering individual, family, couple, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Skills groups and Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ Groups. There are three locations: Rogers, Buffalo and Lino Lakes. Our administrative staff is located in Rogers. There are several therapists who practice independently or are employed for Bridging Hope Counseling. Please check out the bios to find out more about each therapist. Once you are scheduled with a therapist, you can communicate with them directly. If you choose to schedule through the main number, please call 763-291-5505.  


Breanna Heintzelman, MA, LMFT

Breanna Heintzelman, MA, LMFT, CDWF & Group Supervisor - Rogers & Buffalo

Breanna Heintzelman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Daring Way Facilitator offering individual, family and couples counseling. In her work, she focuses on enriching communication to foster rewarding relationships as well as to generate positive personal experiences and live a “life worth living”. Breanna is available to see clients in Rogers & Buffalo. She co-facilitates DBT skills groups and is our group coordinator. To contact Breanna, please call 320-266-6170 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Breanna also holds the position of Rogers Clinical Site Supervisor and Group Supervisor for Bridging Hope Counseling.



James McAuley, MA, LMFT & Clinical Supervisor - Lino Lakes

James McAuley, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT and LPCC MN Board Approved Supervisor.  He offers individual, couples and family counseling related to  various issues/concerns (anger, anxiety, communication difficulties, depression, infidelity, insomnia, trauma, rebuilding trust) .  He has clinical experience working with current military members, veterans, and their families in adjusting to the challenges of military service, re-defining the "new norm" coming home from military deployment and navigating post-military life.  Life can deal us unexpected, difficult, and emotionally formidable challenges, which can impact our overall mental health and relationships.  Thank you for valuing your individual/relational growth and well-being by considering therapy.  My hope is to empower you in your life and relationships aligning and attuning them with your values, needs, and aspirations for a full meaningful tomorrow.  To schedule a session please call our main number (763) 291-5505 or (320) 339-0256, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

“Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN.” — Matt Haig

Heidi Waldoch, MA, LMFT

Heidi (Waldoch) Mortenson, MA, LMFT, CDWF - Rogers 

Heidi Mortenson, MA, LMFT (formerly Heidi Waldoch) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MN Board, AAMFT Approved Supervisor LPCC Board Approved Supervisor, Certified Daring Way Facilitator, speaker and the owner of Bridging Hope Counseling.  She can be reached through the main number at 763-291-5505 or 651-247-6833, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  She offers individual, couple, family counseling, DBT Skills, and is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization) and the Daring Way™.  She works with adolescents, teens, adults, couples and businesses.  She collaborates many techniques and styles with each client so therapy is effective.  She is available for speaking engagements and some business consultation appointments - please reach out for availability. She currently has very limited openings - please reach out to see if she would be a fit and if she has openings.


Gina Daniels, MS, LMFT

Gina Daniels, MS, LMFT, CDWF - Buffalo

Gina Daniels is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering counseling for individuals, couples, and families in the Buffalo location.  Over the years she has worked most extensively with children, teens and their families. She is interested in working with clients and who they define as the “family,” or their most significant relationships. Issues of trauma, grief, loss, transition, abuse, and diversity have been central to her work throughout her career.  She co-facilitates many DBT skills groups, and is current certified in the Daring Way™. Please call 763-291-3031 to schedule an appointment or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Raven Indigo Winter, MA, LPCC, CCTP – Rogers

Raven strives for genuine connection with clients and uses narrative, cognitive, and somatic approaches as the foundation of her work. Raven has a passion for working with clients in a nonjudgmental way, while helping them journey their unique path. Raven believes, as stated by Joseph Campbell, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Raven believes in a holistic approach to therapy and the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection. Raven has experience helping those living with immune disorders and long-term illnesses. Raven's contact information is 763-639-9801, or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Raven Winters is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor offering individual, couples, and family counseling. Raven is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Jennifer Urbach

Jennifer Urbach, MA, LPCC- Lino Lakes

Jennifer Urbach is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) offering counseling to adolescents, adults, and couples over telehealth and in the Lino Lakes location.  She is committed to creating a safe environment by meeting you wherever you are at.  Behavior skills (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and helpful thought patterns (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) will be strengthened to work around barriers in your daily life.  Treating trauma, depression and anxiety with the use of EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a passion of hers because she has seen it to be so effective making peace with one's past.  She has Christian faith and is willing to bring this into the therapy process as much or as little as you would like.  Jennifer would feel honored to be a part of your journey to help improve life satisfaction one step at a time.  To schedule an appointment please call 763-291-5505 (office) or 651-317-9081 (direct) or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sarah Hendrickson, MA, LPCC - Buffalo

Sarah is here to support you with where you are at and process through what you need. She does her best to provide hope for your future and come up with a plan together as each situation is unique.

Sarah Hendrickson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) offering counseling to adolescents, adults and couples in the Buffalo location. She would be grateful to be apart of your growing journey. Sarah has worked in the mental health field for 8 years and has worked with a variety of individuals and diagnosis. Sarah has a therapeutic demeanor of support and compassion. Sarah understands that there are times in life where extra support is needed as well as times when there is deep seeded pain that needs resolving. When Sarah is not at work, she enjoys being active with her family, traveling and giving back to the community through volunteering. Sarah can be reached at 218-232-8433 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Trina Hendrickson, MA, LPCC, LADC - Rogers

As a therapist I am warm, open, encouraging and focus on an individual’s strengths.  I consider myself an active therapist; combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth realistic approach to counseling.  I believe that healing is a collaborative journey that needs honest caring without judgement.  Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, I draw from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation.

Trina Hendrickson, MA, LPCC, LADC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.  She has worked as a Clinical Therapist with the Department of Corrections with a focus on treatment of sexual abusers, addictions, criminality, and chemical dependency, and as a Mental Health Therapist and Behavioral Therapist within community settings. She is currently seeing clients in the Rogers office. Her contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-370-0343.

Maddie Johnson, MA, LPCC- Rogers

Maddie believes that people are the experts on their own experiences. As a therapist, Maddie works towards empowering and equipping others to be agents of change in their own lives. Her desire is to help people flourish within difficult and complex circumstances. She provides an outside alternative perspective that can help expand views of hope. Maddie’s therapeutic specialities include anxiety, depression, social anxiety, insomnia, life transitions, and spiritual concerns. Maddie has extensive training in applying evidence-based approaches to a variety of concerns. She can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 507-774-0731.

Maddie holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University. Maddie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Maddie has spent the last three years practicing digital cognitive behavioral therapy at a mental health start-up company.

Outside of the office, Maddie is a national park enthusiast, plays nine instruments, and can often be found paddling around in her kayak: the Dawn Treader. 

Sam Enstad, MA, LADC, Psychotherapist - Buffalo

Do you want help finding the best version of yourself? 

It can be challenging to create time and space to come into therapy. We have a lot of pressures and responsibilities day to day. Sam invites you to make the call and schedule time to invest in YOU. With unresolved matters of emotion, relationships, past experiences, comes disconnection from one’s authentic self, from loved ones, even from day to day experiences.  Therapy is a commitment to create that time and space for you, your family, your partner, wherever you would like to start.  Therapy provides a safe and effective way in which to discover and reconnect to one’s emotions, communicate more effectively in relationships, process experiences and tap into future ambitions. It is a way to unfold our stress, process our pain, rewire our brains, reconnect with our intuition and tap in to our full potential.  She can be contacted at 612-619-5308 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sam sees clients Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Sam is a Mental Health Practitioner and a Licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselor and also working towards her Licensure in Clinical Counseling at the Buffalo location. Sam enjoys working with individuals, families, and couples. She has clinical experience working with adolescents, adults and families with a variety of mental health concerns.

Tasha Rischmiller MA, Psychotherapist - Rogers

Tasha has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has completed her master's degree in Psychological Services at St. Mary's University. She has a passion working with teens and adults in multiple settings including individual, couple, group therapy and is trained in EMDR. Tasha believes that each person's indivual journey is unique and that they have the knowledge to unlock their own happiness. By listening and empowering her clients, Tasha helps facilitate a safe environment that promotes exploration of feelings and positive change.  Tasha is currently facilitating DBT groups for adolescent girls and adult women in Rogers. She is available Tuesday - Friday and can take evening appointments. She can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 952-769-7400.


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Vanessa Robinson, MA, Psychotherapist - Lino Lakes

Vanessa knows that it can be hard to ask for help. Reaching out is difficult and can create overwhelming feelings of fear and shame. She wants you to know that you're doing the best you can with what you have during this difficult time. In a safe and non-judgmental way, Vanessa wants to help individuals, adolescents, and couples move towards growth and health. She believes that your collection of struggles and pain are unique to you. 

She recognizes it’s important to take time to understand what you’ve experienced and why, in order to help you no longer feel exhausted and stuck in your day-to-day life and relationships. Our past experiences have helped shape who we are but no longer need to confine us.

Vanessa has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has experience working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and facilitating women's DBT groups and also worked with professionals in the career and creative industry. Vanessa has a passion for helping individuals who have experienced trauma and is trained in EMDR. She can be contacted at 612-386-5091 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Katlyn Lindquist, MS, Psychotherapist - Buffalo

Katlyn values the strength and courage involved in engaging in the therapeutic process. She strives to create a non-judgmental and authentic environment for self-exploration. Katlyn takes a strengths-based approach, emphasizing the wisdom the client already has on their journey through transformation and healing. She sees therapy as a collaborative effort, tailoring her eclectic approach to the unique needs of each client. 

Katlyn holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a Mental Health Practitioner pursing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Katlyn has worked in the Mental Health field for the last 7 years supporting individuals create space for positive change in their lives. Through this experience, she found her passion for helping others cultivate their strengths and relationships to create a life they want to live. Katlyn's contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 216-815-5329. 

Jeana Wescott, MA, Psychotherapist - Rogers

Jeana understands the vulnerability it takes to make the first step to come into the therapeutic space. She believes in collaboration with clients to offer a safe environment that promotes a positive sense of self and encourages lasting change. She is available for appointments Monday-Friday and available evenings. Her contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 515-897-9558.  

Jeana enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She specializes in depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, grief and loss, intimate partner violence, divorce, family conflict, and spirituality.  Her experience working with couples explores gaining healthy communication, relationship repair, gaining connection, and reaching emotional intimacy.  She enjoys her work with women who desire personal growth and self-compassion, addressing emotional and sexual health concerns and obtaining physical wellness alongside mental health.

Jeana holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.  She will receive a Master of Divinity in Interreligious Chaplaincy in 2021 from United Theological Seminary. Jeana is available to combine her theology, chaplaincy, and counseling skills, providing person-centered care. Her spiritual care experience utilizes compassion to assess religious, spiritual, and existential concerns integrated throughout the therapy process. She believes in the client's values, cultural values, and beliefs. As a professional, she does not promote a particular spiritual or religious agenda. Jeana is specialty trained in interreligious dialogue to meet people wherever they are on their spiritual journey.

Michael Vidana, MS, Psychotherapist - Lino Lakes

Michael gets the most important things to discuss are often the hardest to say. Making that first call for therapy is difficult. Asking for additional help can take a fair amount of courage and commitment. Michael understands that there are times in everyone’s lives where they may be distressed and want to try and change the way things are currently going for the better. Personally, he recognizes that who we are and where our skills level is an ongoing process. When he dove into learning how to play the guitar, it was difficult. He doubted himself because where he wanted to "be" felt so far away. He has recognized that it's not about where you are going, it's about the journey.  

As such, he identifies the significance of upholding a working alliance, so that the client’s strengths, needs, and abilities are integrated in all aspects of therapy. Michael believes that it is important that both the goals and direction of therapy are collaboratively decided between client and therapist, so that client concerns can be addressed in a truly meaningful and respectful way. Michael aims to meet your resolve with his own in helping you reach whatever goal you wish to strive towards. He specializes in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). He can be reached at 651-323-8451 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Rachel Resler, MA, Psychotherapist  - Lino Lakes

Rachel understands from personal experience that relationships can have difficult seasons and it can be hard to reach out for help. Her goal is to help you navigate through those tough seasons and come out stronger on the other side. Rachel has a mindful, eclectic, and strengths-based approach that includes experiential learning and self-compassion. She enjoys drawing from multiple modalities to tailor therapy to the needs and interests of her clients and empowering them to discover how much they already know--in order to help them grow and thrive in their relationships with themselves, their partners, and their families.

Rachel earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University. She has particular interests in premarital counseling, working with couples in crisis, and she can provide faith-based counseling if desired. Rachel has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. She is trained in EMDR, is a certified facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, and is a member of AAMFT and MAMFT. She can be contacted at 651-338-2445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Lindsay Deans, MA, Psychotherapist

Lindsay has been there. She understands the power of a supportive therapeutic relationship in overcoming challenging times. Described by her colleagues as playful yet firm, Lindsay meets her clients where they are at while walking alongside them to where they want to be. Lindsay works with individuals, couples, families and teens, as well as DBT groups and telehealth. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-367-7914.

Lindsay has worked in residential treatment, partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, and outpatient therapy. She has served adolescents and adults with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD,  trauma, and self-esteem issues. Lindsay utilizes many CBT and DBT principles in her sessions and believes that everyone can benefit from learning skills to manage emotions.

Lindsay has a cavapoo dog named Shea who she is obsessed with. Lindsay loves being outdoors. Her favorite metaphor as a therapist is referring to challenges as a mountain. “Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, you will find the strength to rise up.” -Tyler Knott Gregson.

Joelle Bishop, MA, Psychotherapist - Rogers

From a strengths-based approach, Joelle is interested in helping others navigate the difficulties of relationships, transitions, and personal development. She works with those of all ages. She is comfortable providing couples therapy, family therapy, faith integration, and working with issues of grief and loss. Joelle would be pleased to work with you on creating change in your story. Her contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 612.208.8071. 

Joelle has received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bethel University. She believes counseling can be a powerful tool in creating positive change in a person's story. Joelle is a pre-licensed therapist under the supervision of Rebekah Brandvold, MA, LMFT. 

Beyond the counseling space, Joelle is a lover of the arts, athletics, and a good pun. 


Mai Thao, MA - Rogers                         

I believe that true transformation will affect all aspects of your life (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual).  Sometimes we can’t understand ourselves.  Why do we do the things we do that lead us back into the same negative cycles?  Self-awareness is the start to change. We cannot get to the finish line if we are not completely honest about where we are starting from. Healing will take time and effort. Healing is rarely a single event; it's an intentional journey that can only be completed if the Hope of Freedom outweighs the pain you'll be experiencing through it. Mai is taking clients in the Rogers location and her contact information is (612) 584-0229 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yes, I have experience with others that have similar issues as you but YOU are unique, and YOUR STORY is unique, so that means YOUR SOLUTION is also unique.  I would be honored to journey with you, to listen to your story, and together we can discover what freedom looks like in your life.  

Mai Thao is a compassionate and motivating person working towards her Marriage and Family Therapist license. She offers individual, couples, and family counseling at the Rogers site.  Mai uses active listening, genograms, and questioning to understanding life from the client’s perspective in order to help connect relational patterns and process the heart issue.  She has and continues to speak at Marriage,Young Adult, and Youth conferences.  

Born in Thailand, Mai has a love for diversity and learning different cultures.  She keeps herself active through Volleyball, walking trails, and playing with her children.  

What you believe about yourself and others will shape how you live.” Dr. Rob Reimer (author of Soul Care and personal friend/mentor)"

Kassandra DeBoer, Psychotherapist - Rogers, MN

Do you feel like you've tried everything and are still feeling stuck?

Kassandra guides clients through their stuck situations, helping them find the root of a problem, while providing perspective, comfort, and support to get to a more centered place. When clients have tried all they know how to do, she introduces a breath of fresh air to heavy situations. She uses a mix of humor, brain science, care, and enthusiasm to connect with clients and work through the mess of life together.  She specializes in parent/child relationships, couples communication, self-esteem, and spiritual shifts. Her contact information is 612-445-8200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Kassandra prioritizes cultural awareness, LGBTQ+ affirmation, and societal structures when looking at scenarios with clients. She uses her strong academic background, her quirky side, and a healthy passion for the enneagram to guide her practice.                                              

Kassandra DeBoer is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering counseling to individuals, families, couples, and adolescents. She has a degree in Psychology from University of Minnesota, Morris and currently attending Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Marriage and Family Therapy Program. 



Suzanne Komanski, MS - Psychotherapist - Buffalo, MN

It takes strength to reach out for help. Some of us have heard the message that you're weak if you ask for help. I get it. I want to be a safe and non-judgemental place to explore your experiences and help you discover the strength you have. I believe healing is possible. I work with children, teens, families, individuals, couples and groups. Her contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 407-900-3494.

Suzanne has her Master's of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Cloud State University. She prioritizes providing a safe, non-judgmental space for her clients to work through and process the challenges they are facing. Listening to client’s stories is her primary focus, to help them take the necessary steps to attain their goals and achieve healing. She seeks to meet her clients where they are, explore with them where they would like to be, and support them on their path of getting there. She utilizes a collaborative integrated approach, with a focus on the client’s strengths, matching therapy to the individual needs of the client.


Eric Resler, M.Div, Psychotherapist Intern - Rogers

Eric believes that life has a way of blindsiding all of us with difficulty, loss, or change.  He has experienced the need for outside insight when navigating these difficult parts of life’s journey. Along with his spouse and three kids, he has navigated a wealth of challenges. Eric also loves story and enjoys hearing and joining the process of each person’s story. He is a deeply empathetic listener who is able to intuitively help people see their difficulties in a new way. Eric is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern offering counseling to individuals, families, couples, adolescents and can provide Telehealth services.  He can be contacted at 651-239-5180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eric is always open to conversations (and is likely to ask you) about sex, God/Spirituality, and other ‘taboo’ topics. He also likes to walk alongside student and adult clients who self-identify as outside the ‘norms’ – secular, geek, cosplay, and LGBTQIA communities.  Eric has enjoyed teaching at teen and college student retreats on performance, perfectionism, and anxiety. Eric (along with his wife Rachel) has had the privilege of leading marriage retreat weekends and being the keynote speaker at several marriage conferences. He more recently taught a community course on building self-awareness and relationship connection through understanding our needs, narratives, and leaning into vulnerability.

Julia Furness, Psychotherapist Intern - Buffalo, MN

I understand that it can be difficult to start therapy because you are sharing personal things with someone you have never met. There may be some feelings of anxiousness and nervousness and that is completely understandable. Everyone’s story is special and I admire that, that is why I like to make your therapy process comfortable, safe, and having you leave feeling heard and not alone. What I bring to the therapeutic relationship is openness, empathy, compassion, and a non-judgmental presence. My approach to therapy is using past experience, education, sense of humor, and collaboration to help build upon strengths. Through collaboration I feel this allows the client to be the expert in their journey which gives them the capabilities of growing strongly both personally and interpersonally.

Julia Furness is a Marriage and Family Therapy intern offering counseling to individuals, families, couples, and adolescents. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Capella University of Minnesota, and currently attending Capella University of Minnesota Marriage and Family Therapy program. Her contact information is 763-229-7573 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.