Meet The Team
PRIYANKA RAO, PSYD, LP
Chief Clinical Director
Priyanka Rao is the Chief Clinical Director for Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology. She is a Licensed Psychologist who provides individual therapy for adults and couples therapy. She specializes in working with interpersonal difficulties, trauma, identity development, couples work, anxiety, and depression. She particularly enjoys working with young adults, those struggling within their relationships, and people hoping to explore and understand unique aspects of their identities. Priyanka believes that therapy should be a supportive, rewarding, and at times challenging experience to help clients grow in the ways they want to, and she works collaboratively with clients to help them determine their treatment goals and ensure they are getting their needs met. Priyanka’s therapeutic style is direct, challenging, and supportive, with a healthy dose of humor.
TINA WATSON WIENS, MA, LMFT
Clinical Manager, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Tina is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical manager at Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology. She provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. In additional to the general issues of psychotherapy, Tina also has a focused interest in relationships, couples discernment counseling, military families, trauma, religion, spirituality, and existential inquiry. She believes that our current and historical contexts (race, culture, religion, family, relationships, employment, worldview, gender, economics, health, sex, age) influence our daily lives in powerful ways. Tina uses systemic and attachment-based frameworks to understand people and issues and takes a holistic approach to healing. She is collaborative, relational, and has been dedicated to the transformational work of therapy for more than 20 years.
Tina is a MFT clinical supervisor and a trainer in the areas of intercultural development, Narrative Exposure Therapy, and inter-group dialogue. She has been a consultant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, a volunteer with the Center for Victims of Torture in Amman, Jordan, and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer for local universities. Prior to joining APP, Tina was an assistant professor and the program and clinical director for the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Bethel Seminary for eight years.
MELANIE HEU, LCSW, LADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Melanie Heu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor. She believes that an honest and healthy therapeutic relationship between clinician and client sets the foundation for successful therapy and will prioritize trust when working with individuals to overcome life challenges.
Melanie has years of experience working with adolescent, adults, couples, and families that struggle with an array of issues such as, self-esteem, identity, relationships, complex trauma, and addiction. Prior to joining Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology, she spent much of her career serving immigrants and refugees as well as individuals and families involved in the criminal justice system.
Melanie is trained in the application of the Adaptive Internal Relationship (AIR) Network Model. This is a neuro-developmental, competency -based model that is primarily orientated towards giving people the freedom to engage fully with themselves and in relationships with others. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) founded by Dr. Francine Shapiro. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Her approach to addressing all forms of addiction follows the teachings of Dr. Howard Wetsman’s Neurobiology of Addiction. Melanie helps recovering addicts understand the disease of addiction and explore their capacity for change.
In addition to her work as a clinical therapist, Melanie is an Adjunct Professor at St. Catherine’s University where she teaches a class on Addiction and Recovery: Families and Diversity. She is also a member of the National Advisory Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).
Besides her dedication to work, Melanie partakes in variety of regular physical and creative activities to enhance focus and to keep grounded. She absolutely loves hiking, dancing, Jiu Jitsu and learning to speak another language. Melanie is currently bi-lingual and fluent in English and Hmong.
KATIE ERNST, LMFT, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Katie is an LMFT with experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked with clients struggling with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship struggles and parenting related issues.
Katie works collaboratively with clients to meet the unique needs and goals of
each client and family system. She strives to foster a strong, trusting, non-
judgmental, therapeutic relationship as this is essential to the development
and growth of clients. Katie knows making change can be a difficult process.
She will work with clients to join them on their journey; meeting where they are at, learning about where they want to go, and then working collaboratively with them to get there.
JESSICA FARUQ, MA, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Jessica has been working in the mental health field for 23 years in a variety of settings. She began working with children diagnosed with ASD and their families in her undergraduate internship in 2000 which turned into a long-term position providing opportunities to work with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. These experiences propelled Jessica to pursue further educational and professional growth opportunities. Jessica's professional interests are focused on conceptualizing intervention systemically and discovering ways to use relational, client centered, applied behavioral analysis, and cognitive behavioral theories and tools to help teach, strengthen, and generalize skills across important settings. Jessica is dedicated to conceptualizing clients individually and holistically; supporting the development of healthy durable skills and positive change. She has psychotherapy experience with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse racial, ethnic, class, gender and sexual identities. She approaches therapeutic relationships collaboratively to support positive change. Jessica's expertise include: autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, life transitions, relationships, children, adolescents, young adults, and family conflict. Jessica has extensive experience with facilitating groups and curriculum development.
SCOTT GRANDT, MSW, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Scott is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who provides therapy to adults and teens, particularly with issues related to anxiety, depression, crisis, boundaries, relationship problems, and grief/loss. He believes in meeting people where they are at in their mental health journey. Scott primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help give individuals the skills needed to cope and thrive. Scott graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and Russian Area Studies. He went on to get his Masters in Social Work from the joint program at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University. Scott's most recent experience comes from working in an intensive outpatient setting, particularly with an Adapted DBT IOP group.
Outside of work, Scott enjoys engaging in a number of hobbies including playing board and video games, reading fantasy/science-fiction books, watching the latest Marvel/DC/Star Wars films, spending time with his cats, and participating in a percussion music group.
JODIE HOLZMAN, MSW, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jodie Holzman has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 18 years. She graduated from University of Denver. Jodie works with clients age 17 and through the life-span. Jodie integrates a person centered approach utilizing: DBT skills, Relational therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Serving with clients who are experiencing transitions and adjustments in life, depression, anxiety, relationship navigation, stress management, struggling with patterns that are no longer serving them well.
Believing that therapy goals begin with compassionate care, and a sense of being heard: Therapy can interrupt patterns that are no longer effective, while creating space for client's inherent wisdom and timing to come forward and cultivate hope.
Jodie enjoys working with clients in finding their voice, their sense of direction and their courage.
When not in the office Jodie enjoys skiing, hiking, and tending her garden.
JUIHSIEN KAO, PHD, LP
Licensed Psychologist, PHD
Juihsien is a licensed psychologist who provides individual therapy to adults (18+). Juihsien understands that it takes courage to seek therapy and she strives to create a supportive, trusting, safe space for clients to explore their struggles and challenges with her. Juihsien also understands that clients need more than empathetic listening in therapy to get “un-stuck” in life and to make the changes they desire to have. She believes in the importance of a strong scientific/theoretical foundation for change to occur in therapy and she draws interventions from the following therapy modalities: Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Juihsien works with a wide range of psychological issues. Some of her special interests include trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, family of origin issues, and identity issues. It is her hope that clients find therapy to be a rewarding experience where they receive the compassion, empowerment and tools/strategies to make meaningful changes in their life.
Outside of work, Juihsien enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano, working out, playing table tennis and being close to the nature.
Dan Madsen, MA, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Dan Madsen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 9 years of experience in the mental health field. He provides individual therapy to adults (18+).
Dan believes that people are the experts on their own experiences and works towards empowering and equipping people to be agents of change in their own lives. He desires to help people flourish within difficult and complex circumstances. Dan's therapeutic specialties include anxiety, stress, depression, social anxiety, insomnia, identity issues, family of origin issues, adjustment issues, and more.
Dan has extensive training in applying evidence-based approaches including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and more.
Outside of the office, Dan is a national park enthusiast who enjoys getting into nature and enjoying the outdoors. He also enjoys painting, printmaking, and board games.
"I would be excited and honored to join you on this journey. How we continue to hold compassion and kindness for ourselves truly matters. Taking the step into therapy is quite courageous. I believe we can only heal what we are willing to feel and we change when it is unbearable to stay as we are."
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