About the Stable Living Therapists
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Kippie Palesch, MA, LPCC
Kippie A. Palesch, MA, LPCC is a Licensed Professional Clincal Counselor, a Certified EMDR Clinician, and owner of Stable Living, LLC. She specializes in trauma therapy for adults as well as couples counseling. With a warm, creative approach, Kippie helps clients tap into their inner strength and work towards authentic well-being. She sees it as a privilege to help clients learn to trust themselves, engage fully in life and develop meaningful connection. Living and working on her lovely 23 acre farm in Minnetrista, MN, she has served clients from the Twin Cities area including cities such as Excelsior, Wayzata, Waconia, Victoria, Delano, Watertown, Mound and Maple Plain.
In addition to traditional talk therapy, Kippie is also passionate about incorporating animals into the healing process. As an equine-assisted psychotherapist, she knows that horses help heal and provide opportunities for growth and learning. Studies show that horses have the potential to influence people in powerful ways. Through this interactive therapy, horses provide an opportunity to overcome fear, anxiety, depression and addiction as well as a variety of other mental health and behavioral issues. Working alongside Kippie and her horses helps build confidence, provide insights into relationships as well as engrains a template for healthy attachment.
Kippie is also a certified Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician. EMDR is type of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. By using EMDR, people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.
Having raised four children into early adulthood, Kippie now finds time to enjoy many activities including horseback riding, camping, yoga, travel, cooking, and reading. Her six horses, golden retriever, tabby cat as well as everyone’s favorite hound dog, Gitana, are also a great source of joy for her. Kippie would welcome the opportunity to learn about you and what brings you health and happiness.
Patti Brown, MA, LMFT, CNT
Patti also earned a second Master’s Degree in Nutrition Therapy, believing that physical and emotional health are firmly integrated. Her education around renewing our relationship with food helps clients to both understand the food-mood connection and reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression so often associated with unbalanced nutrition and metabolism.
“I bring compassion, current research, and humor to help you let go of stubborn blocks, depression, anxiety and past trauma. I also utilize a solution focused and nutritional approach to sobriety support. I can teach you to communicate your needs more effectively both to yourself and others. As a mother and grandmother, I have developed some patience and wisdom as to where to push and where to let go. I love to learn from everywhere I go, though humbly admit that most of what I know came from raising an autistic son and rehabilitating rescue horses.”
Todd Monger, MA, LPCC
Todd Monger, MA, LPCC specializes in the area of clinical counseling and sports psychology. In addition to pro-viding part-time counseling services for Stable Living, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Rides and is Executive Director of Student Development at North Central University. Overseeing academic, disability, career, and mental health counseling support services to the college population, Todd is gifted in communicating and connecting with young people in creative ways that make a lasting impression.
Todd is also committed to assisting individuals and organizations in harnessing their full potential by identify and removing the obstacles that prevent advancement in life. With a strong arm in leadership, Todd is passion-ate about developing experiential workshops for organizations, including staff development and corporate team building.
With a background in both social work and clinical counseling, Todd has also worked extensively with children and adolescents. Todd believes in the healing power found in utilizing equine experiences as a catalyst to bring about deep insight, positive change, compassion, and understanding in this great journey called “Life.”
Originally from Australia, Todd now resides in Medina, MN with his wife and two daughters who have both benefited from the gifts horses provide. While his daughters long for the day that they’ll own their own horse, the family has settled in to raising goats, alpacas and chickens while embracing the rural lifestyle in as many ways as possible.
Dena Sage, MSW, LGSW
Having worked at Schumann Elementary School in Orono, Washburn Center for Children, The Bridge for Youth and a crisis group home for children with severe and persistent mental illness, Dena is knowledgable and skilled at helping clients learn and grow. With a passion for young children, Dena is a master at assessing needs and giving kids of all ages proper tools to navigate their unique circumstances; setting them up to have the skills needed to cope with life’s challenges.
And, Dena walks the talk. Having three children of her own and two step-children; she is equipped with not only professional know-how, but personal experience which allows her to appreciate just how challenging parenting can be for most adults. Dena approaches life with a sense of humor and an open heart. In her free time, Dena enjoys outdoor activities with her family, being active and listening to music.
Melissa Patterson, MA, LPC, LADC
Jenna Vissell, MA
Jenna Vissell, MA, believes in the power of change and healing by connecting children and adults to the natural world around us. Specializing in early childhood development, couples, and family work, Jenna blends a variety of therapeutic techniques with ecological principles. With a background in early childhood Autism Spectrum Disorder, Jenna welcomes interactive family participation and excels at parenting skill development. Through designing an undergraduate degree in Ecopsychology and Wilderness Therapy, Jenna melded her graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy to specialize in Nature and Animal-assisted Therapy.
Ashley Wurdeman, Master of Science
See us at the farm for Equine-Assisted and In-Office Sessions:
680 Game Farm Road, Minnetrista, MN 55359
Experience either equine-assisted therapy or more traditional office work at our unique farm setting in the barn. At home with the horses on their 23 acre farm, we can walk, talk, learn and grow with the help of horses.
Fill out the form on our Contact Us page, or call 952-240-1621.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you!