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psychology – mind

At Stepping Stone Clinic, every patient starts with a whole-person evaluation – an assessment of a person’s strengths that can be built upon to better manage factors contributing to challenges.

Our “precision medicine” approach takes into account individual variability in brain development, coping style, genetics, nutritional sensitivities, environment, and lifestyle. This allows our providers to more accurately identify which strategies will work specifically for you.

We also offer (re)testing across the lifespan. An evaluation and treatment plan should grow and change with the person.

At Stepping Stone Clinic, we want to make sure we are treating the person you are today, not the person you were months or years ago.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • 20 to 30 minute Warm-Up Call to assess needs and Next Steps.
  • 60 minute personal One-on-One Assessment to review history and current symptoms.
  • 1 to 8 hours of testing using non-invasive tools, instruments, questionnaires, and labs.
  • Testing can include Psychological, Neurodevelopmental, Cognitive, School Readiness, Executive Functioning, Memory Health, Preoperative Clearance, and Nutrition Labs.
  • 60 minute Feedback Session to review results, offer recommendations, and create a step-by-step plan.
  • 30 to 60 minute in-person or virtual therapy sessions with a specialist from your careteam.
  • Check-ins with Behavioral Health Coordinator (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! to review progress and coordinate care.

CBT – ACT – DBT – EMDR – EFT —— ? SOS!

Sometimes trying to decide which therapy approach is right for you seems like swimming in alphabet soup.

Let us help you make sense of it!

Whichever therapy “letters” we recommend, we rely on evidence-based treatments – meaning research has found evidence that the specific therapy type is effective in treating a specific issue.

Therapy can take on multiple forms with a team of different providers depending on individual needs.  For example, a patient may have individual therapy with one careteam provider and have family therapy with another. Interventions may include health habits and goal support, life tools, or Side-by-SideSpecialized sessions where two members of your careteam work side-by-side, combining different health/wellness perspectives to enhance care. sessions. Parent-child interventions could be used to enhance therapy with play-based therapy, parent coaching, or support for medical and special needs. Brain training may be added to include executive functionExecutive functioning is like ‘the boss’ in your brain that coordinates how to use mental energy, skills, and abilities. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based set of processes that have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. tools, memory strategies, brain exercises, biofeedbackBiofeedback is a mind–body therapy that teaches a patient to monitor and then control bodily processes that are normally involuntary, such as muscle tension, blood pressure, or heart rate, for the purpose of improving wellbeing., and neurofeedbackNeurofeedback uses a computer-based program to assess and retrain brainwave activity with sound or visual signals as a way to help patients learn to regulate and improve brain functioning, mood, and attention..

Check out why Stepping Stone Clinic is an exceptionally unique clinic where you can combine many areas of health into one visit– these integrated services can take you from surviving to thriving at any age and stage.

the SSC steps to wellbeing

Warm-up Call

The first step is to schedule a free WARM-UP CALL that provides us a chance to get to know one another and start to develop an understanding of what is going on and how we can help.

Initial Evaluation

This is a chance to look at the whole-person and understand how to treat the person today, not from months or years ago. The process is individualized and can include specific testing. We  leave no stone unturned.

Treatment Plan

We take what we've discovered during the evaluation to map out a NEXT STEPS treatment plan and organize an integrated care team, including a Behavioral Health Coordinator (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! as a guide through every step.

Team-Based Care

Our specialists collaborate to provide whole-person care that combines appropriate treatments for any stage of life – from infants to mature adults. These may include therapy, nutrition services, sensorimotor interventions, and life tools.

Ongoing Support

The BHCA 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! helps navigate your transitions in care including stepping in and stepping out of services. We provide guidance through each step, adding life tools, wellness classes, and specialty support as needed.

meet the psychology team

Rachelle Hansen, PhD, LP
Clinical Psychologist
Neurodevelopmental Specialist
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

Clinical Psychologist

Assessment and Parenting 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.

Deborah Fisher, PsyD, LP

Counseling Psychologist

Medical Psychology Specialist

Dr. Deborah Fisher has a Docorate of Professional Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to that, she earned her Master's Degree in Sociology with a Counseling License at the University of Idaho. In addition, Dr. Fisher has served for four years as a Board Member of the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

Before becoming a psychologist, Dr. Fisher spent 20 years as a Registered Nurse in critical care. She also served as a Clinic Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield/Allina, and Director of Training at Argosy University. She has travelled to the Soviet Union, Australia, and New Zealand. Her travels gave her an understanding of life experiences different from her Southern Minnesota upbringing.

Currently, Dr. Fisher works with adolescents and adults as a General and Chronic Pain Psychologist, with a focus on Medical Issues. She takes a mindfulness and whole-person approach with her patients. She applies general techniques, EMDR. hypnosis, CBT, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy, in order to see and treat the whole person.

Dr. Fisher enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 step-children, and 3 grandchildren as often as she can. She belongs to Toastmasters, practices Yoga, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In her spare time, she enjoys music and sings in a choir. She also enjoys spending time with her two rescue dogs, a Yorkie and a Maltese mix.

Scott Collins, MA

Supervised Therapist

Counseling and Psychological Services

 

Scott Collins is a supervised practicum therapist for his Masters in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary's University of Minnesota's School of Health and Human Services. As a systems thinker and former software engineer, Scott was drawn to an internship at Stepping Stone Clinic because of the team's holistic, interdisciplinary approach to solution-finding. He is hoping to continue on with Stepping Stone after graduation and beyond.

Scott comes to Stepping Stone Clinic having lived in six states and two other countries including Japan. In his five years there he studied and became fluent in Japanese while teaching English to children and adults. Shortly after achieving his goal of becoming a translator for a Japanese company, Scott fell in love with a friend from Minnesota. He moved back to the States to marry her and start a new life in the Midwest. With encouragement and support from his wife, Scott has been able to confidently make this midlife leap into meaning and purpose with a job in the helping professions.

Believing curiosity to be his superpower, Scott is a voracious reader and a lifelong student of many different disciplines including hydroponics, forest bathing, permaculture, British politics, neuroscience, astrophysics, yoga, meditation, computer programming, and sustainability. As a humanistic therapist he is particularly interested in mindfulness, lifestyle-based mental health interventions, trauma-informed therapies, somatic therapies, neurodivergence, and self-actualization.

Jan Marie Johnson, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Family Health Specialist

 

Jan Marie Johnson received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She then served in the United States Air Force, first with the Security Police Squadron and then with base mental health clinic, where she became interested in the complex situations facing law enforcement and the impact of stress on vulnerable people within the military family.

Jan grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and spent summers Sierra Nevadas. When she was in her teens her family spent a year traveling around Europe. She most vividly recalls spending her 15th birthday on Loch Ness, hoping to see the famous Loch Ness monster known as “Nessie” who failed to show up. Jan and her sisters also spent time at a small Spanish school where no English was spoken. These experiences enhanced her perspective by showing her an outside-view of the United States, new ideas, and different cultural norms.

Jan has worked as a therapist in a variety of settings including community mental health clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and the military. Most notably, she developed the first on-site social worker position in a small, 100-bed community hospital in California, and developed a program to integrate care for low-back pain and depression. During her time in the Air Force, she developed resources for military families needing special services such as learning disabilities support, medical surgery, and mental health outpatient and inpatient services. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, trauma, caregiver stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and complex family stresses.

A believer in lifelong learning, Jan has continued expanding her skillset with training in DBT, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, hoarding disorders, multicultural treatment, and several other areas. She is an enthusiastic supporter of an integrated care model. In her personal time, Jan enjoys spending as much time with her kids and grandkids as frequently as she can. An avid movie buff, Jan also enjoys watching films with commentaries on. The collaborative effort of so many skilled professionals to bring a single project to life fascinates her.

Erin Keto-Stern, MEd, MSW, LICSW

Erin Keto-Sherman, MEd, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Family Therapy Specialist

Erin Keto-Sherman received both a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership and a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. During her time there, Erin established a strong track-record of helping young people navigate a variety of challenges and later expanded her focus to include helping individuals within their larger family context.

Erin started out working with homeless youth, mentoring pregnant teens, and providing support to individuals in transitional living programs. She continued to develop her skill set while working in the area of Functional Family Therapy. During that time, she honed her expertise in addressing family dynamics and supporting familial relationships. Committed to whole-person care, Erin continues to apply the diversity of tools she has acquired from her wide-ranging experiences including in-home therapy, intensive outpatient interventions, and school-based counseling to empower individuals and families, foster resilience, and promote mental and emotional well-being.

In her free time, Erin enjoys a quiet but active life as a “homesteader” on a hobby farm with her family. She practices yoga, loves hiking, and has recently discovered an interest in full moon hikes.

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.

HOURS*

Mon: 8:30AM - 8PM
Tues: 8:30AM - 8PM
Wed: 8:30AM - 8PM
Thurs: 8:30AM - 8PM
Fri: 8:30AM - 4PM
Sat: 9AM - 2PM
Sun: Urgent Care Only

* After-hours services for urgent care may be available upon request (service fee may apply)

CONTACT

6625 Lyndale Ave South
Suite 500
Richfield, MN 55423

*Free covered parking in back

Main: 612-886-3706
Fax: 612-886-3681

*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.

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