change how you live,
change how you feel
real life skills
The nerd term for “real life skills” is “executive functions”.
Executive functions are brain-based action skills that help us do things like plan, organize, make decisions, prioritize tasks, shift between situations, pace energy, control emotions, curb impulsivity, and learn from past mistakes. Whew!
You may have been told or even just notice that you struggle with these skills but may not know how to get help.
Come work with one of our Executive Function Coaches to learn important study & social skills used beyond the school experience. Get extra help from our Behavioral Health Coordinator with things like creating resumes, job hunting, and making (and keeping) health goals.
Pssst. Parents! We have special sessions for you too.
This is just another way Stepping Stone Clinic’s unique whole-person approach to mental health can take you from surviving to thriving at any age.
- In-person or virtual sessions
- Can supplement therapy
- For parents, children, & adults
- Side-by-Side Sessions
- Learn HOW to learn
- Tailored 1-on-1 coaching
- Memory & Study Skills for life
- 1st – 10th grade students
- Flexible for busy schedules
- Camps & Excursions
- Meet new friends
- 8-18 years (grouped by age)
- Communication & Team Work
- Build up peer confidence
meet the skills team
Executive Functioning Coach
Skills Programs Lead
Sameer is currently studying at the University of Minnesota with a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. For the past 6 years, he has worked with kids as a tutor and summer camp counselor.
He is thrilled to bring his schooling and tutoring experience to creating a fun, exciting, and educational experience for students of all ages at Stepping Stone clinic.
He hopes to help students develop skills that will serve them now and well into their future!
Rachelle Hansen, PhD, LP
Clinical Director & Founder
Dr. Rachelle Hansen received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. While there, she was actively involved in several rural health initiatives helping integrate in-home mental health services and early childhood assessments along with outpatient health and behavior services. She completed both her Doctoral Residency and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she specialized in providing evaluations, behavioral interventions, and therapy to children, adolescents, parents, and families coping with medical conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr. Hansen's training and work experience has provided her the opportunity to work with toddlers to older adults at five different hospital systems, six rural health clinics, an inpatient and residential center, four private practices, a school-based therapy program, a community mental health clinic, and a neurology practice. In her life before practicing psychology, she was a reading recovery specialist before she was a court-appointed advocate working with families with children placed in protective care. She was also involved in conducting metabolic genetic research as part of her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
Because of her unique background in biochemistry, education, and psychology, Dr. Hansen envisioned working at a clinical setting that would consider all three. Thus, she opened an integrated mental health clinic, Stepping Stone Clinic, in 2015 and founded an executive function coaching center, LifeFx, in 2021. Her work today consists of therapy, testing, supervising, creating curriculum, and teaching. When asked what made her choose specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders, she says that it chose her. Her love of the brain and background in biochemistry allows her nerdiness to combine with the fulfillment she receives from making meaningful connections with people, their experiences, and their own unique superpowers.
Renee von Weiss, PhD, LP
Assessment and Executive Function Specialist
Dr. Renee von Weiss has a Doctorate from the University of Kansas in Clinical Psychology with specialization in health psychology across the lifespan. She gained additional training in clinical child and pediatric psychology during her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Florida. From there, she completed a one-year, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at the University of Louisville.
As a staff psychologist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for 8 years, Dr. von Weiss conducted psychological evaluations of children and adolescents presenting with a variety of developmental concerns, such as learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. She also provided therapy and inpatient consultation services for children, adolescents and families struggling with medical conditions. During her time at Children’s Hospital, Dr. von Weiss also supervised clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows through her involvement with Children’s APA-accredited internship program.
Dr. von Weiss specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations for patients who present with a variety of developmental and learning concerns. She works with the patient, family, and other providers to try to find a plan to help patients move forward in their life. She’s most passionate about treating anxiety and executive dysfunctions, as well as adjustment to and coping with acute and chronic medical and neurodevelopmental conditions. Overall, Dr. von Weiss takes a developmental, strengths-based approach to her practice.
Kris Lyons NBC-HWC, CHWC
Behavioral Health Coordinator
Kris, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, has a passion for integrating mindfulness practices into fitness, nutrition and overall wellness.
Her professional path began over 20 years ago when she started and led one of the first organic smoothie companies in Minneapolis; in the years since, she has run her own Pilates studio and provided fitness, nutrition, and stress-management classes for a wide range of organizations and audiences.
Kris is devoted to making the world a better place and she’s starting with you. She was recently granted permission to share her adaptation of the meditations, activities and prayers from The Book of Joy, By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Kris brings her extensive teaching experience, plus a long list of certifications and areas of study, to her work as a Behavioral Health Coordinator and Wellness Educator.
take the first step to wellbeing
Stepping Stone Clinic offers a unique step-by-step approach to team-based mental health care that integrates and unites different treatments. We serve people of all ages and at all stages.
Come talk with our psychologists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, executive function coaches, and Behavioral Health Coordinators (BHC)A BHC is our special team member who helps guide and support your care across providers. Think of the BHC as your personal go-to care advocate and motivator! about our whole-person integrated care.
Mon: 8:30AM - 8PM
Tues: 8:30AM - 8PM
Wed: 8:30AM - 8PM
Thurs: 8:30AM - 8PM
Fri: 8:30AM - 4PM
Sat: 9AM - 2PM
Sun: Urgency Only
* After-hours services may be available upon request and are subject to after-hours service fee
6625 Lyndale Ave South
Richfield, MN 55423
*Free covered parking in back
*For emergencies, please contact the MN mobile crisis line (call 612-348-2233 or send a text to 741741) or go to your nearest emergency room.