Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Thomas E. Kelly, PsyD, LP
Clinical Director

Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with 33 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. He has provided the clinical direction and supervision for the St. Peter Counseling Center for nearly 5 years.

Dr. Kelly has worked in a variety of mental health settings and with a variety of levels of care including residential treatment for children, inpatient treatment for children and adults, and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. He has worked in a variety of classroom settings for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Kelly began his professional work in psychology as a Milieu Counselor for children with Autism and has worked with this population in a variety of roles since 1986. He has additional extensive experience working with parents, teachers, school settings, and probation officers. Utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy, Dr. Kelly has experience working with adolescents and adults with sexual behavior or offending problems. Other therapeutic techniques include insight-oriented supportive therapy and play therapy.

Dr. Kelly also performs assessment and evaluation for children, adolescents, and young adults for a variety of mental conditions or concerns.

Gene Taylor, MS, LPCC
Executive Director

Gene is originally from Huron, South Dakota. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Huron College in 1978 with a Major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Gene received his Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Development from South Dakota State University in 2003. Prior to his position at Hoffmann Center, Gene worked in residential care with adolescents in South Dakota starting as a night youth counselor and working up to Program Director. He not only has administrative experience, he has extensive experience working on the clinical side with children, adolescents and families. He has over 30 years of working in various administrative roles within the residential field. Gene is the Executive Director of the Leo A. Hoffmann Center organization and Hoffmann Outpatient Counseling Service Centers. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Scott Schaffer, MS, LPCC, LICSW
Therapist

Scott graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Scott is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Scott has over 15 years of clinical experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and families. Scott focuses on client strengths and works collaboratively with clients to help them navigate roadblocks in their lives. His background includes helping clients with sexually problematic behaviors, social and emotional difficulties, trauma, and psychosis.

Tricia Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Therapist/Program Director

Tricia initially began working with the Leo A. Hoffmann agency in 2011 as a youth counselor in the Hoffmann Center residential treatment program. Tricia then began as a therapist in the St. Peter Counseling Center program in 2015, following a brief 6 month break from working at LAHC. Tricia obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree and she went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree, both from Minnesota State University- Mankato. Tricia brings a professional background that is diverse and includes working with children and their families with concerns ranging from communication to trauma and child problem sexual behavior. Other areas of experience include: mental health therapy with adults, children, and families, social skills training (CTSS & ARMHS) with children and adults, serving people with intellectual disabilities co-occurring with mental illness, residential and outpatient treatment for adolescent boys, policy and accreditation work, and services for the elderly population. Tricia is licensed as an LICSW and provides clinical supervision to newly licensed clinician and other mental health practitioners. She has formal training in play therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Kara Kocmick MSW, CTRS, LICSW
Therapist

As a therapist, I engage in a therapeutic relationship to help support people throughout their journey with mental wellness and self-discovery. Throughout this journey I support with compassion, empathy, and active listening. As we embark on this journey I help guide to build insight into current patterns to explore how they are currently impacting our overall well-being and support throughout the discovery of positive changes. I work with adolescents and adults that have difficulty managing relationships, emotions, and life transitions. Additionally, I also focus on sex-specific programming assisting in the exploration of healthy boundaries, relationships, and sexuality. Throughout my practice, I support clients in understanding how their environment impacts their mental wellness and general well-being.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I have experience serving individuals that have difficulties with anxiety, depression, effects of past trauma, and challenges with relational boundaries. My model for change is increasing the insight of the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and pulling from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. This integrative approach allows me to support my clients in the best way that serves them.

Lindsay Boettger, MA, LPCC
Clinical Supervisor / Therapist

Lindsay Boettger received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2012 with a dual focus on treating mental health and substance use disorders. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with experience treating a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, executive function concerns and ADHD, phase of life adjustments, parenting education, Autism, and problem sexual behavior. Lindsay has a passion for working with adults and children with developmental trauma and utilizes a variety of modalities including individual, family, couples, and group therapy. She has specific training to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), attachment based and other play therapy. Lindsay is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Her work with children is very hands on and family oriented. Lindsay is trained in DC: 0-5 and treats individuals ages birth through adulthood.

Felicia Kellen
Therapist

Felicia begin working for the Leo A. Hoffmann agency in 2017 as a residential unit therapist, now providing therapy at St. Peter Counseling Center. She obtained her undergraduate in psychology and law enforcement from Minnesota State University – Mankato. Then, a masters in Psychology with a specialization in child and adolescent development from Capella university, and is in the process of obtaining her licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. Felicia has worked with children and families with concerns ranging from communication, trauma, to problematic sexual behaviors. Other areas of experience include: social skills training (CTSS & ARHMS) with children and adults, mental health therapy with children and families, servicing people with intellectual disabilities co-occurring with mental illness, residential treatment for adolescent boys, and program development of CTSS and ARHMS. She has formal training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR).

Rachel Swenson, MSW, LICSW
Mental Health Therapist

Rachel Swenson has over twenty years of professional experience working with individuals and families in southern Minnesota. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in social work from St. Cloud State University and her Master’s Degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas and College of St. Catherine. She is licensed as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW) providing mental health assessments and psychotherapy to both children and adults in our New Ulm outpatient office location. She has experience and interest in working with individuals and families that are facing stressful life adjustments, divorce, blended families, child behavior problems, child maltreatment, domestic violence, and mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. She is a mental health representative with the Brown County child and adolescent pre-placement team, adult protection team, and the mental health local advisory council (LAC).

Leah Davis
AR Billing Specialist

Peggy Brekke
Outpatient Office Assistant

Taylor Steckelberg, MSW, LGSW
Therapist

Taylor has a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from St. Cloud State University, and a Master’s Degree in social work from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She enjoys helping clients find their strengths, and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives. Taylor has experience working with, youth, adolescents, older adults, and families. Taylor has a thirst for knowledge and continues to grow her practice and expertise in the field of psychotherapy.

Nikki Ketzeback
Mental Health Practitioner

Nikki is obtaining her Masters of Clinical Psychology and Addictions Counseling through Winona State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In the past Nikki has worked within a variety of settings helping the adolescent and adult populations. Her professional experience includes facilitating psychoeducational groups and creating a therapeutic alliance within the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient setting. Nikki believes in creating authentic relationships and harnessing client’s strengths to empower them to achieve their personal goals. She is passionate about advocating for mental health and believes it is important to decrease mental health stigma in the community. Nikki enjoys being outdoors, running, interior design, spending time with her family, and being up north at the cabin. Her approach to therapy is to provide her client’s with a safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where they can develop tools to effectively cope with life’s difficulties.

Katie Dorschner, MSW, LGSW
Therapist

Katie Dorschner obtained her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of North Dakota. Katie holds an LGSW. She recently completed her graduate internship through Hoffmann Counseling. Her previous experience has allowed her to work with people in many stages of their lives. She has special interests in working with children and treating trauma. She also enjoys learning about art therapy techniques, animal assisted therapy, and cultural competency. In her free time she enjoys yoga, running, and reading. Katie believes incorporating daily self-care is vital to mental health.

Kelliann Kutschke, MSW, LGSW
Therapist

I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Corrections and Law Enforcement and a Master’s in Social Work both obtained from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have experience with youth and adolescents in the area of social skills (CTSS), past trauma, sexualized behaviors, and youth and adolescents who have been involved with the criminal justice system. I enjoy helping clients find their strengths and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives. I believe in providing a safe environment for my clients to thrive and develop the appropriate skills and tools to make these positive changes. I enjoy being outdoors, learning, and spending time with my family during my free time. I believe incorporating self-care and being intentional with it is important to everyone’s mental health.

Cheiron McMahill
Clinical Trainee

Cheiron works in the office and in-home settings. She has long experience living abroad and supporting the mental health and adjustment of multicultural children, couples, and families. She strives to understand the world from her clients' perspectives and is interested in working with clients of all ages.

Colleen Solberg, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Supervisor

Colleen Solberg is a licensed independent clinical social worker who received her master’s degree at the University of Minnesota. She has over ten years of experience in individual, couples and group therapies. She takes a person-centered approach to therapy and promotes whole-person wellness, goal-setting and self-discovery. She believes in creating a strong therapeutic approach with her clients by being non-judgmental, compassionate, and genuine. She enjoys working with older teens and adults with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma.

Positions available

Mental Health Practitioner

Hoffmann Counseling Services of St. Peter and New Ulm is seeking full time Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) in our Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) program. Our CTSS program provides community based rehabilitative services to children and adolescents with mental illness. Our Mental Health Practitioners provide individual and family skills training under the direction of a Qualified Mental Health Professional. Qualified candidates will be able to provide services to children and families in the home and community settings, and work independently and engage effectively with children with mental illness. A valid driver’s license, auto insurance, reliable transportation and proficient use of computers are necessary to fulfill this position; previous experience with electronic health records is desirable.

 

Qualifications and Skills:

Mental health practitioners providing services for the treatment of mental illness, who are not eligible for enrollment, must be under clinical supervision of a mental health professional and must be qualified in at least one of the following five ways:

1. Holds a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science or a related field, from an accredited college or university and meets either a or b:

a. Has at least 2,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of mental health services to recipients with mental illness

b. Is fluent in a non-English language of a cultural group to which at least 50% of the practitioners recipients belong, completes 40 hours of training in the delivery of services to recipients with mental illness, and receives clinical supervision from a mental health professional at least once a week until the requirements of 2,000 hours of supervised experience are met

2. Has at least 6,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of mental health services to recipients with mental illness. Hours worked as a mental health behavioral aide I or II under Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) may be included in the 6,000 hours of experience for child recipients.

3. Is a graduate student in one of the mental health professional disciplines and an accredited college or university formally assigns the student to an agency or facility for clinical training

4. Holds a masters or other graduate degree in one of the mental health professional disciplines from an accredited college or university

5. Is a tribally certified mental health practitioner who is serving a federally recognized Indian tribe

In addition to the above criteria:

·         A mental health practitioner for a child recipient must have training working with children.

·         A mental health practitioner for an adult recipient must have training working with adults

·         Good verbal, written, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to pass DHS Background Study.

Valid MN Drivers License and Proof of Insurance.

 

To apply, see the employment application and instructions below.

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Benefits of Choosing a Career with Us

  • Flexible schedule
  • A chance to join a team that makes a difference
  • Be a valued member of the team
  • Excellent and competitive benefits package (medical, dental, life, 403B plan, FSA/HRA, PTO, 10 paid holidays)
  • Continuing education and training opportunities available
  • Potential licensure supervision opportunities
  • Fun and professional work environment

Click here for Employment Application

Please email your cover letter, resume, and completed application to Heather Pautsch at hpautsch@hoffmanncenter.org or mail to: Hoffmann Counseling Services,, Attn: Heather Pautsch, 1715 Sheppard Drive, PO Box 60, St. Peter, MN 56082