Meet The Team

Insurance Accepted Mental Health Treatment Programs Done By Passionate Professionals


Brooklyn Center and Edina Therapists

Meet our expert group of Brooklyn Center and Edina Therapists. Our dedicated professionals are prepared to work with clients to improve their mental health and wellness. Whether you or a loved one is struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or sexual behavior problems, our therapists have years of experience working with a variety of mental health diagnoses.

We take a team approach to every case in helping those who are struggling to transform for the better. Our masters-level clinicians are seasoned and passionate about creating change in the lives of others. Steps For Change is filled with empowering individuals ready to help their community in Edina and Brooklyn Center, MN. See for yourself!

Janae Sullivan, LPCC

Executive Director/Owner

“When a pebble of harm hits the pond, the ripples spread far. It is my passion to prevent that pebble
from hitting the pond again.”

Janae Sullivan found her passion in helping youth move forward from sexual harming behaviors when
she was an undergraduate at Southern Oregon University. After earning bachelor’s degrees in both
Criminology and Psychology, she went on to the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she
earned her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in the treatment of sexual offenders. While working in both residential and outpatient programming, she has dedicated the last 12 years of her career to the treatment of sexual abusers.

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Tracy Mitchell, MHA, BAPsych

Program Administrator

As a newcomer to the Midwest from the West Coast, Tracy has found a new love for the simple life here in Minnesota. With her Master’s Degree in Health Care Management and Administration from Colorado State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, her passion for healthcare has led her down many different paths but has ultimately guided her back into the mental health field. In her free time, you’ll find her enjoying outdoor activities (sun or snow) with her husband and 2 boys. 

Ashley Gustafson

Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Minnesota, Ashley enjoys the great outdoors and being out on the water. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors degree in Community Health Education and Psychology. Ashley has always been drawn to the healthcare field, particularly mental health, and loves helping others. When she’s not working, you can usually find her at a Twins game or playing with her pug, Rocco.

Toni Krynski, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor

Toni obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She has experience working with adults who have engaged in sexually harming behaviors and has decided to shift her focus to working with adolescents. Toni enjoys teaching clients about healthy dating and relationship skills, healthy sexuality, and promoting gender equality. In her free time she loves to camp, hike, fish, and travel.

Todd Turgerson, M.A.

Clinical Therapist

Todd graduated with his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He has extensive clinical experience working with juveniles in outpatient clinical, community based and inpatient residential setting serving at-risk youth and their families. He has specializing in his career in working with at-risk/high-risk violent juvenile offender and repeat juvenile offender populations, violent juveniles who have been convicted of sexual harming behaviors and juveniles who are actively involved in the juvenile correction system.

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Kathryn Echols

Clinical Therapist

Kathryn, or Kat as most know her, will graduate with her master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Counseling and Psychological Services in December 2023. She found her calling when providing body safety education to youth in the community and working at a child advocacy center. Kat has years of experience and extensive training in working with child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault survivors but is excited to shift her career focus toward assisting clients in addressing their sexually harmful or problematic sexual behavior.


Kat understands that opening up and sharing about ourselves may be challenging, but she hopes to build trust by listening and offering genuine, non-judgmental care and concern. She looks forward to empowering and walking alongside the unique discovery process of each client as they work to become the best version of themselves. When not working, Kat enjoys trying and cooking new meatless meals, exploring outdoors, and spending time with her two kids and partner.”

Emily Petschl, MS, LAMFT

Clinical Therapist

Emily graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from various walks of life, in both individual and family settings. Emily applies a systemic approach in her practice and believes that examining larger systems surrounding an individual is key for understanding an individual’s beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors. In session, she strives to foster a safe environment where clients are free to be their most authentic selves and begin their personal growth journey. When not working, Emily enjoys spending time with family, going to the cabin up north, and binge-watching Netflix.  

Alexa Anderson, MSW/LGSW

Clinical Therapist

Alexa holds a master of social work from the University of Minnesota twin cities.  Alexa has experience working with adults with sexually harming behavior in both correctional and community-based programs. Alexa has also worked with individuals living with addiction and serious and persistent mental illness, along with those experiencing homelessness. She believes that strong therapeutic work is found at the intersection of empathy and accountability. When not working, Alexa enjoys watching TLC reality shows and playing covers of Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash on her guitar.

Laura Gilmer, MA, LMFT

Clinical Therapist

Independent Contractor for Private Insurance Clients

Laura is a former elementary school teacher with 23 years of experience working with children and families. She approaches her work with clients from a family systems perspective, integrating cognitive behavioral, narrative, experiential, and strengths-based thinking into her therapeutic interactions with clients. Laura enjoys helping young couples build a solid foundation for a lasting relationship and more seasoned couples rebuild and renew their love for one another. She is honored to help young people, families, and adults heal from the challenges and wounds that life often brings, in particular those related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, family conflict and/or change, and life transitions.

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Stephanie Garcia, MS, LAMFT

Clinical Therapist

Stephanie received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University in 2020. Stephanie has worked with children, adolescents, couples, and families. Stephanie uses a person-centered approach that focuses on strength and resources– and being direct as needed. Stephanie believes a community-based approach is essential towards change and support. She likes to go on walks with her two dogs and try new recipes in her free time.

Justine Haukebo, LPCC

Lead Clinical Therapist

Justine attended Concordia College, where she majored in Psychology and obtained minors in both Women’s Studies and Music. She graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. Justine is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which uses the brains natural propensity for healing to reprocess events in a more adaptive way.

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Ashley Beltrame, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Therapist

Ashley received her Master of Social Work degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of
Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has experience working with adolescents and adults in correctional and
community-based settings. Ashley approaches therapy with a biopsychosocial lens, helping each person understand how mind, body, and systems interact to impact how we exist in the world. She enjoys incorporating art and creativity in addressing sexuality, identity, violence, boundaries, depression,
anxiety, and trauma. Ashley provides services in English and Spanish. She spends her free time kayaking, gardening, and seeing local music.


Abby Dohm, MSW, LGSW

Clinical Therapist

Abby (she/her) graduated with her Masters in Social Work and Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota. She has experience working with children on the autism spectrum and with families experiencing domestic violence. Abby has worked with juveniles and adults involved in the criminal legal system and is passionate about providing a healing space for each of her clients. She believes that a strong, trusting relationship between the therapist and the client is key to growth and lasting change. 

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Antonesha Bass-Gail

Administrative Assistant

Antonesha was born and raised in Minnesota. She enjoys the Minnesota weather both Sun and Snow! Antonesha has a love for learning and passion for helping others. She has experience working with children and experience working in the healthcare field. She holds her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Diploma in Medical Administrative Assisting, both at Rasmussen University. During her free time, she loves to spend time with family, and travel. 

Bob Stamm


Born and raised in North Minneapolis, I attended Minneapolis North High School and attended the University of Minnesota. Prior to college, I had enlisted in the army and thoroughly enjoyed my time  as the General’s driver. When my enlistment was up, I went back to school, and eventually went in as a partner and opened up The Nurse Connection, a temporary staffing agency. After 14 years, I sold this business and began a career with HCSO Water Patrol and have since retired. I very much enjoy working with people and the children at Steps For Change.