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
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 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 – LAMFT
Remer, MN | Crosslake, MN
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.
Christine Davis – LADC, MA MFT
Hackensack, MN | Crosslake, MN
Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Metro State University in St. Paul, MN. She worked for the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2009. There she gained experience working with individuals, couples and families who were affected by addiction issues. She went on to receive her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. She is driven to obtain ongoing education related to ideas that will facilitate the opportunity for change and increased satisfaction in the lives of the clients she serves. Christine is trained as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator, a program specialized for couples in all stages of their relationship. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, addiction, and couple/family relationships.
Shannon Kempf – LICSW
Hackensack, MN | Wadena, MN | Crosslake, MN
Bio coming soon…
Bryana Cook – Clinical trainee for LICSW
Hackensack, MN | Remer, MN
Bryana Cook earned her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is currently finishing up her clinical training on the path to becoming a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She is open to working with clients of all ages.
Prior to landing at Birch Lake Counseling, Bryana enjoyed six years as an elementary school social worker where she provided counseling options for individuals, groups, and families. Bryana has extensive experience with children ages 4 and up. She greatly enjoys working with adults and families as well.
Bryana is knowledgeable in helping support individuals going through difficult life changes, experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, and/or difficulties with anger/strong emotions. She enjoys working with clients in practicing mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Bryana is also experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
In her free-time, Bryana enjoys practicing and teaching yoga and meditation. She spends as much time as possible in the outdoors and loves to garden, ski, snowshoe, camp, paddleboard, canoe, hike, and get out on the lakes with her husband and their two dogs. When not outside, you might find Bryana curled up with her cat and a good book.
Katie Tyrrell – MS, LPCC
Bio coming soon…
Paula Schroeder – MA, FLE (family Life Educator), LSW
Paula has an Associates Degree in Child Development from Anoka Technical College, a Bachelor‛s Degree in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and a Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Concordia University in St. Paul. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Social Work at St. Cloud State University. She is duo licensed as a LSW and a School Social Worker. Paula started off her career teaching preschool at Head Start in Ramsey County. She then began as a home visitor in the birth-3 program. She also worked with at-risk children and families at The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program in Anoka, MN as well as ACCAP‛s Transitional Housing Program. She has taught for 12 years in 3 school districts as a school social worker and has served on many committees working with children with special needs. She has been working in the Children‛s Therapeutic Support Program (CTSS) at Birch Lake Counseling since 2012 and her interests include working with parents of children with special needs, couples and adoption.
Paula enjoys volunteering at the Paws and Claws Animal Shelter, Hubbard in Prevention and with Hubbard County 4H. In her free time she likes paper crafting, camping and spending time with her family.
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.
Christine Desmond – BA
Bio coming soon…