Each of our therapists has had extensive training and several years of experience. They grow to know you personally and care about you. You are valuable and they want to see you experience progress and fulfillment in your life. They provide “coaching” and “counseling” to help you realize your goals.
Carol Horsager – MEd, LMFT, SEP, EFT
Hackensack, MN | Crosslake, MN | Wadena, MN
Carol earned her Master of Education degree in Parent Education and Family Relations from the University of Minnesota. She worked as a Preschool Teacher and Child Care Instructor and then took time off to raise her two daughters. Carol also worked as a Paraprofessional with Minnewaska Area Schools attending to students with special educational needs. She served as a Consumer Counselor working with developmentally disabled adults through Prairie Community Services and Storge Residential Treatment Homes. Carol took classes at Bethel Theological Seminary and earned her Post-Graduated Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. She worked with children and their families in the home setting as a Mental Health Practitioner through the Professional Family Based Division of Nystrom & Associates. While at Nystroms, she also worked with couples, families and children on an outpatient basis. Carol has specialized training and interest in anxiety, trauma, depression, adoption and attachment concerns as well as marriage and family relationship issues. Carol is trained in Somatic Experiencing and Emotional Focused Therapy.
Carol loves spending time with her family on their hobby farm and also likes camping, relaxing at their cabin, motorcycling with her husband and caring for the family pets. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, sewing, quilting and playing violin.
Kate Friesner – LMFT
Kate completed her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology at Houghton College in upstate New York. She returned to Minnesota to earn her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul and is currently working towards licensure. She has worked with children, adolescents, couples, and families in clinical, home, residential, and school settings. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, recovery from sexual abuse and trauma, adoption, couples therapy, and parenting issues. Kate is especially interested in attachment and narrative therapy and the way belonging and emotional connectedness influence personal stories, thereby affecting all relationships from birth to adulthood. She is thankful for the opportunity to share in the stories of people’s lives and help them identify and succeed in the improvements they wish to make in their own life stories.
Kate enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, camping, and most other outdoor activities, particularly while participating in them with her family.
Shannon Kempf – LICSW
Hackensack, MN | Wadena, MN | Crosslake, MN
Bio coming soon…
Darren DeVries – MA, LMFT
Crosslake, Hackensack & Wadena, MN
Darren received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Dordt University and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2010. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in couple’s therapy, personality disorders, mood disorders, family dynamics, parenting skills, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, male issues, relationships, spirituality, emotion regulation, stage of life concerns, and other life stressors. He is trained in DBT therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and is a Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Darren is also a member of the Focus on the Family Christian Counselors Network.
Darren uses an eclectic approach in therapy which customizes treatment to the client’s needs. This may contain modalities such as solution focused therapy, experiential therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, strategic therapy, family systems, and dialectical behavioral therapy. He looks at the greater picture of who and what else may be involved with symptomatic behavior or thoughts. This may include highlighting strengths and encouraging greater use of past attempted solutions, or by acknowledging growth areas and focusing on new ways of thinking and/or behaving.
Prior to working at Birch Lake Counseling, Darren has worked many years as an outpatient therapist, DBT therapist, supervisor, and in-home practitioner. He enjoys spending time with his family, working outside on various projects, aviation, flying stunt kites, actively participating in his local church, and eating spicy food.
Jenny Cushing – BS
Clinical Therapist in Training
Stephanie Moore – BA
Stephanie graduated from North Park University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. She has worked in social services for over 20 years working in Chicago with families of diverse backgrounds. She has experience working with youth, young adults and families in settings such as prevention, residential and independent living. She moved to Minnesota in 2016 and has been working with both Northland School in Remer and with Birch Lake Counseling as a Mental Health Practitioner in our Children’s Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS).
She enjoys spending time with family and friends and gives her time to others in need of support. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling and shopping.