Ashley Baird Urbanski graduated with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. During her studies she volunteered on Crisis Connection’s crisis line and the National Suicide Prevention Line. She also completed a practicum at Park Nicollet Melrose Center treating individuals and families struggling with eating disorders. She went on to take a position at The Emily Program where she furthered her specialty treating eating disorders. She began work at The Emily Program in the adolescent residential program and proceeded to work in adult day programs and adult outpatient services. Ashley then transitioned to private practice and now works at DBT Associates, providing DBT and RO-DBT treatment. She continues to specialize in eating disorders at this clinic. Ashley has a passion for helping those struggling with eating disorders and hopes one day for a world without this struggle. She is a member of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and also works for this association as an Administrative Coordinator. When she is not in the therapy office you will find her traveling the world, making jewelry, crafting, hiking, biking, and going out to eat with her husband.
Ellen Gish MA, LPCC. After more than 25 years working in the advertising and marketing sector in the Twin Cities, Ellen completed her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in 2013. She has experience working with adolescents and adults on a variety of issues such as anxiety and panic, agoraphobia, depression, self-
esteem and identity issues, stress and anger management, relationship issues, life transitions, grief and loss and family of origin issues. Ellen believes that the client-therapist relationship is central to the healing process. She focuses on providing an open, safe, and caring environment where each client can feel like they were heard, and acknowledged, without judgment or expectations. She employs mindfulness techniques as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help her clients discover healthier patterns of living and interpreting their life experiences. Ellen completed her training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 2018 while working at DBT Associates and currently works with adult individual clients and co-facilitates two adult DBT Skills Training Groups. Ellen is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and utilizes that protocol to help clients reprocess past traumatic experiences. Ellen has a strong interest in human spirituality and provides Christian counseling to those that desire that approach. In her free time, Ellen likes to attend live theater, explore craft fairs and festivals, play board games, and spend time with family and friends. Ellen has three children at home: Skyler is a sophomore at Totino Grace High School, and Cooper and Sadie, her two Australian Labradoodles.
Marilyn Reichman, MA, LP, has extensive experience in treating clients using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In addition to the standard DBT program, she co-facilitates a DBT-Substance Use Disorder class and works with clients with chemical dependence and other addictions. Since 1997, when she began her DBT training, she has incorporated DBT skills and protocols in her work. In 2006, she completed the 10-day DBT intensive training with a team of therapists from DBT Associates, LLP. In addition, Marilyn works with clients who have an over-controlled personality style, using RO-DBT. She completed RO-DBT intensive training in 2015. Marilyn is also a trained practitioner of ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), using it to treat some clients with trauma histories, and incorporates aspects of Internal Family Systems theory in her work. As an RN, beginning in 1983, Marilyn worked in inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependence units, day treatment, and managed outpatient psychiatric crises in an outpatient mental health clinic. Marilyn Reichman, MA, LP, completed her degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University in 1993. She enjoys spending time with family, baking, singing and playing the piano. Marilyn has always loved animals, including her pets: the world’s best cat and naughtiest dog.
Justine Lahn graduated from Augsburg College in 2017 with a Masters in Social Work on the clinical track. In her studies she focused on providing therapy in a multicultural setting and has worked with a range of people including adults with disabilities, children, adolescents, and adults. Justine has been practicing DBT since 2016; at DBT associates she sees adolescents and co-facilitates an adolescent DBT skills group. She plans to attend the RO-DBT intensive course May of 2019 which helps those with an over-controlled personality style. Some things she likes to do in life include crafts such as knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, etc., cuddling with her dog and 2 cats, reading, learning new things, and watching “The Walking Dead” and eating tacos with her spouse on Sunday evenings.
Andrea Soles, LMFT, Graduated from University of Minnesota, Mankato in 2007. She has been a DBT practitioner since 2013 and has completed the intensive workshop through Behavioral Tech. Andrea provides individual DBT and co-facilitates the adolescent and family skills groups. In addition, Andrea utilizes Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment Dynamics, and Somatic Work to help release trauma trapped in the body.
Catherine Johanneck, MSW, LICSW is a 2009 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her focus was clinical social work in the mental health field. Since obtaining her license in 2011, DBT has been her primary focus. Her first training in DBT was in 2011. She has also completed a 10 day intensive in 2013 and a 5 day advanced intensive in 2014 where she trained under Marsha Linehan. She provides individual DBT to adults and adolescents and co-facilitates DBT group skills training sessions. She is working toward certification with the Linehan Board of Certification for DBT. In her free time she enjoys snuggling with her cat and reading. In the summer she enjoys going camping.
Hi! I’m Sue Venzke and I have been a therapist at DBT Associates for 14 years. I have an MSW degree in social work from the University of Iowa and I have worked in the field of mental health for 45 years. (Wow!) A tiny, plucky nurse from Kentucky, who was one of my mentors, advised me to keep changing jobs so that I stay fresh in my skills and interests. I took her advice and have worked at a regional treatment center, community mental health center, day treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, supervised staff and co-developed a comprehensive CSP program with residential, work, drop in center, psychosocial learning center, community outreach and crisis team, medication management and recreational components based on the Boston Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In a residential program I did program development, program evaluation, and implemented and trained all staff in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation model. In the last 18 years I have worked in mental health clinics as a therapist specializing in DBT, and I recently trained in Radically Open DBT that addresses therapy needs for individuals who are over controlled and lonely. My approach to mental health treatment and therapy is person centered and a collaborative relationship with my clients. I have worked with many wonderful people, both clients and staff, and I have taken new learning and treasures from all. I’m curious and I like new adventures and meeting diverse people. In my spare time, I garden, read, swim and hang out with my corgi, Dozer. My new adventure, at a ripe age, is taking horseback riding lessons. My life motto comes from Helen Keller: “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but is my chief duty is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
Kristen Fritsinger, MSW, LICSW, obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine in 2000. She spent numerous years working with adults who have serious and persistent mental illness, with a range of diagnoses. In 2004, she joined and became a partner at DBT Associates. She has been extensively trained in standard DBT since 2006. She provides individual DBT therapy to adolescents and adults, as well as co-facilitates a DBT skills group. Since 2015, she has completed several 10-day Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) Intensive Workshops. She provides individual RO-DBT therapy to adolescents and adults, in addition to co-facilitating a RO-DBT skills training class. She is a member of the RO-DBT senior clinician team. She is the first, and currently only, RO clinician in the United States to become certified as a RO-DBT supervisor and the first fully accredited US RO-DBT intensive trainer. She has a passion for counseling, training, and providing supervision to other professionals. Her other loves include: running with her golden retriever, watching her son play hockey, rock climbing with her daughter, and chilling out with her spouse.