Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology

3101 Superior Drive Northwest, Rochester, MN 55901

Rochester

Tel: 507-288-8544

Faribault

Tel: 507-333-5044

Meet The Team

Rochester, MN

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Dr. Merchant is a passionate practitioner with a sub-specialization in forensic psychology. Frank utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for adult and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems such as trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems.

Owner, Licensed Psychologist

FRANKLIN D. MERCHANT, PsyD

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Dr. Gupta has been in practice for over 30 years. He works with a wide range of patients, 18+ and Geriatric, for their psychiatric needs. Dr. Gupta is currently accepting new patients in the Rochester and the Faribault office. He accepts most major insurance.

Psychiatrist

DR. LALIT GUPTA

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Kathryn ("Katie") brings over 30 years of experience to APP. Katie works with clients across the age spectrum (6+ years and up). In addition to individual and group psychotherapy, her specialties include: play therapy, couples, and family therapy. Areas of interest include: depression (particularly with seasonal components S.A.D.), life transitions (adolescence to young adulthood, divorce, etc.), PTSD, stress management, grief and loss. Research interests include: the correlation between attachment and PTSD; depression in children; and the influence of fathers on adult development in their children.

Therapist

KATHRYN A. AMUNDSON, Ph.D. MSW LICSW

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Libby is the 4 year old Samoyed who succeeded Katie’s TDI certified therapy dog, Lexi. Lexi crossed – over this spring after 10 years of loving and supporting clients. Given the sadness experienced by those who knew Lexi, Katie knew there had to be a therapeutic successor. Then she met Libby, also a former show dog. The connection was immediate. While Libby is new to her “office” life, she is affectionate, bright and inquisitive. She loves people, is fearless and tunes in to clients very quickly. She and Katie are a great team. Libby is a welcomed addition to APP.

Certified Therapy Dog

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Laura is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her graduate degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She began her career as an in-home therapist working with children and their families. She works with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, couple, and family therapy. Laura has experience in the areas of family therapy, premarital and marital counseling, stress management, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and behavioral disorders.  Laura is certified in the Prepare and Enrich Inventories that focus on premarital and marital relationships.  

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

LAURA COSIO, MA, LMFT

Kelsey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She completed her training at Iowa State University. She began her career as an in-home therapist working with children and their families. She works with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, couple, and family therapy. Her areas of expertise include: trauma, abuse, grief, attachment, behavioral disorders, adoption, foster care, and family therapy.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

KELSEY KITZMANN, MS, LMFT

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Dr. Kocian was licensed as a psychologist in 2012 and enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. She brings a holistic approach to her work with clients, utilizing a mind-body approach to therapy while operating from a DBT/CBT framework. She has worked extensively with anxiety, depression, trauma, poor body image, relationship struggles, and personality disorders. Dr. Kocian is also a trained yoga instructor and specializes in yoga psychotherapy, a body-centered approach to therapy that utilizes yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to promote healing on a deeper level where stuck emotions and trauma can reside. Dr. Kocian takes both an empathic and directive approach to therapy, leading clients to feel better and achieve their therapeutic goals quickly.

Licensed Psychologist

DR. ANGELLA KOCIAN, PsyD, LP

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Kristi has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1996 providing therapy to adults, couples, and children from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. She also specializes in providing psychological assessments and testing for children and adults. She has special interest in ADHD, stress management, and anxiety disorders including panic, phobias, OCD, and social anxiety. Kristi has also been teaching in the graduate program at St. Mary's University since 2008.

Licensed Psychologist

KRISTINE M. MEYER, MA LP

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James specializes in anxiety and depression, work related stress, grief and loss, health and wellness goals, family and marital conflict, parenting, attachment issues, autism and developmental disabilities.  He provides individual therapy with adults and adolescents, couples therapy, family therapy for families with children of all ages, and parenting support.   James believes that social, psychological and emotional difficulties are not signs of abnormality, but rather a reflection of the diversity of human experience.   James believes that people of all ages, experiences and ability levels are capable of learning, growing, changing and living their lives more fully.  

Licensed Social Worker

JAMES P. RECHS, LICSW, BCBA

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Melissa is a graduate of the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, Minnesota with a Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.) She is nationally board-certified (NCCAOM) for both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (Diplomate in Oriental Medicine) and is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practices in Acupuncture (L.Ac). In addition, Melissa is committed to reframing these ancient healing traditions in a modern context and dedicates a great deal of time researching evidence-based integrative medicine to bring a comprehensive and integrative understanding of health to her patients. Acupuncture and oriental medicine treat a wide range of diseases and is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Board Certified Acupuncturist 

MELISSA SCHULTZ, M.Ed., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM), L.Ac

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Becky has been licensed and in practice since 1998. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. She has experience helping individuals overcome the effects of trauma (past and present), depression, anxiety, as well as anger management. Becky helps couples achieve better communications and thereby have increasingly deeper and more satisfying relationships. She also enjoys helping parents develop positive parenting skills and strategies. Becky has extensive training and experience working with children and adolescents in all areas that affect their lives from domestic violence, addiction, physical and sexual abuse, divorce, ADHD, behavior, and school issues. Becky has worked with children in foster care, as well as with foster parents and parents working for reunification. She also has experience working with adoptive families and children. 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

REBECCA VIGARS, MA, LMFT

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