Meet our Staff
Our Bismarck Location
The company was formed by Valerie Meyers, MS, LPCC, the owner of the company, in May of 2010. Valerie Meyers, MS, LPCC, was born and raised in the Bismarck-Mandan area. In 2001, Meyers earned her B.S. in Community Psychology from St Cloud State University in St Cloud, MN. She continued her education, earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI graduating in 2004. Meyers specializes in treating children with expressive therapies such as play therapy, sandplay therapy, and art therapy. She has extensive training in children, parenting, and ways to help them. Learn more about Val.
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Talesa Heger, MS, LPCC
Talesa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Talesa has experience providing therapeutic services to individuals, families, and groups. Talesa's focus is cognitive-behavioral therapy, with training in play, art, and sandtray therapy strategies as well as trained to provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy which is evidenced treatment approach for many types of psychological distress to include anxiety, depression, and trauma based issues. The client population Talesa serves presently includes pre-school through geriatric populations. Outside of work, Talesa enjoys watching her children at sporting events, camping, boating, and family trips.
Heather Mattheis, MSW, LCSW, TSTCY; Trauma Yoga Facilitator
Ms. Mattheis was born and raised in ND. She has worked numerous years with children and families with a primary focus on child abuse and children's well being. She enjoys working with all ages of children and their families. In practice she utilizes play, art and sandtray. In addition, she is trained in EMDR and enjoys helping those whom are battling trauma symptoms. She is also the only certified Trauma Centered Trauma Yoga instructor in the state of North Dakota. Heather also loves helping others with their lifestyle by teaching low glycemic classes or meeting individually for wellness consultations.
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Amanda Lange, MS, LPCC
Amanda was born and raised in the Bismarck. She graduated from the University of Mary with her Bachelors in Psychology in 2016. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Mary with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience with working with children and their families as well as working with children residing in in-patient psychiatric treatment centers. She loves working with children of all ages, along with their families and caretakers. In practice she utilizes play, art and sandtray. She is also trained in evidenced based therapies such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In her off-time Amanda loves to play with her dog, Simba, and spend time with her family.
Angie Abrams, MS, LPCC, ND Certified Counseling Supervisor
Angie is originally from Montana and has lived in North Dakota since 2006. She has over 10 years of experience providing individual and group counseling services to adolescent, adults, couples, and families. She has specialized training in criminogenic risk/needs assessments and offending/recidivism, EMDR, CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing. She attended Dickinson State University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She subsequently earned her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Mary. Angie’s special interests include anger management, relationship distress issues, and clinical supervision. Outside of work, Angie enjoys staying active, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and spending time with her family, and Shih Tzu, Riley Bear.
Hannah Torgerson, MS, LPCC
Hannah was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. She Graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education in 2015. She taught second grade in Dallas, TX before getting her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas at Dallas. She loves working with children of all ages, along with their families and care takers. In practice she utilizes play, art and sandtray therapies. Hannah is also passionate about the connection between nutrition and mental health. Through genetic testing, low glycemic eating, and supplementation, she works with individuals and families to optimize healthy living.
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Carissa Fenster, MS, LAPC
Carissa has education in art, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling. She has taught art and worked in many capacities in Bismarck schools. Carissa's approach to counseling is holistic, looking at the whole person: mind, body, and spirit and person-centered, focusing on fostering a trusting and caring relationship in therapy. Carissa utilizes art, play, and sand tray therapies. She enjoys working with both youth and adults. Outside of work Carissa enjoys spending time with her family, being involved with her church family, and playing sports.
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Vanessa Deibert, MSW, LMSW
Vanessa is originally from rural South Dakota and has lived in the Bismarck-Mandan area since 2008. She graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 2012. In 2020, she graduated from Florida State University with a Masters in Social Work. She has years of experience working with foster care adoption, which also is a huge passion of hers. She enjoys working with children of all ages and their families. In practice, she utilizes play, art, and sandtray. When she's not working, Vanessa enjoys spending time on the family farm, reading, and crafting.
Michelle McKim, MS, LAPC
Michelle recently received her Master of Science in counseling from the University of Mary. She is passionate about working with people of all ages and finding what will help them be their best self. Michelle utilizes multiple counseling theories to assist her clients, depending on their needs. She works with all ages and may implement EMDR, TFCBT, Experiential Play Therapy, art or sandtray modalities. Outside of work Michelle enjoys being a foster mom, reading, kayaking, camping, and coaching curling to youth.
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Nicole Renner, MS, LAPC
Nicole has lived in the Bismarck-Mandan area since she was born. She graduated from the University of Mary with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2018. In 2021, she graduated from the University of Mary with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience with all ages and families. She specifically loves to work with military families both active duty and veterans. In practice, she utilizes play, art, sandtray, and talk. When she is not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, husband, and two dogs, traveling and being outdoors.
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Elizabeth Anderson, MS, LAPC
Elizabeth was born and raised in Fargo, ND before moving to Bismarck in 2016. She graduated from the University of Mary with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Addiction Counseling in 2019. In 202,1 she graduated from the University of Mary again with her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling. She has experience with working with at-risk youth and their families, and she also has experience working with victims of human trafficking. She loves working with youth of all ages, along with their families and caretakers. In practice she utilizes experiential play therapy as well as art and sandtray therapies. She is also trained in evidenced based therapies such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In her free-time, Elizabeth love spending time with her family and friends, playing cards, fishing, and reading.
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Madyson Hintz, MSW, LMSW
Madyson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who grew up in Bismarck. She graduated from Minot State University with her bachelor’s in social work with a concentration in addiction studies in 2020. In 2021, she graduated with her master’s in social work from Boise State University. Throughout her college career, she completed over 2 years of training under the owner of The Kids Therapy Center, Valerie Meyers. Madyson also has over 7 years’ specialized experience in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about working with ages three to adult and their families. She works well under pressure, with crisis management, pre-teens, teenagers, and challenging clients. In practice, she utilizes play, art, sand tray, and talk therapies. When she is not working, Madyson enjoys spending her time with family, friends, and German Shepherd Kona, being outside and active, on her family farm, and helping whenever she can.
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JJ Bressler, Master level Intern
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Nicole Myers, Master Level Intern
Timothy Wilson, MS, LCSW
Timothy is new to the Bismarck area and we are excited he has joined our team. He came to us from the east coast and is excited to help those 10 years or older. He is eager to help those with relationship burdens, depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and much more.
He has openings a couple evenings a week.
Emily Janes, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Emily is a pediatric nurse practitioner. In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and in 2020 she graduated with her Doctorate in pediatric nursing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has experience with both children and adults in a variety of settings and loves finding ways to help people reach their full health potential. She practices patient centered care and believes in a blend of modern and integrative medicine, utilizing a holistic approach. Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, working out, reading, and being outdoors.
Our Valley City Location
Jen Eberle, MS, LPCC
Jen Eberle graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Valley City State University in 2007. She then graduated from The University of Mary, Fargo, ND with a Master's of Science in Community Counseling in 2011. She started her career doing Intensive In-Home working with families in crisis. She has continued her love of working with children and families using creative interventions like play, art, and sand tray when she owned her own private practice, Creative Therapy, from 2014- 2019. Another major part of Jen's approach is to use a holistic model when evaluating the needs of her patients, considering not only behavioral and emotional health but also physical and spiritual wellbeing as well. She is also certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for Veterans.
In 2018, she was honored with the award of the Most Outstanding Mental Health Therapist by the North Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association. Jen has volunteered on many boards and committees in Valley City to help serve her community. She lives in Valley City with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she loves reading, walking, playing with her kids and pets, designing spaces at home, and traveling. Jen will be Full-Time and will be seeing adults and children (ages 2-18). She will be accepting insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield ND, Sanford, Medica, Optum, Medicaid, Cigna, and United Behavioral Health. She will be accepting EAPs like Livewell, St. Alexis, and The Village.
Sara Schmuhl, MS, LAPC
Originally from Minnesota, Sara has lived in Jamestown, ND for the last 11 years. For 25 years, Sara worked as a licensed cosmetologist and made a career change after identifying and developing a desire to help people in a very different way. She completed her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in April 2021 at the University of Mary. While focusing her work on adolescents and adults, Sara uses a wellness approach and focuses on the importance of various aspects of the individual’s wellness such as physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and more. Sara enjoys using various approaches depending on the needs of each individual and values getting to know each of them as a person. In practice, Sara enjoys using various techniques such as talk therapy, art therapy, psychoeducation, and others in a collaborative approach. In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking, camping, and hiking.