Staff

Clinical Fellows/Therapists

The therapists at the MPSI Psychotherapy Center are taking part in a one- or two-year clinical fellowship.  Each clinical fellow is at least a masters level mental health practitioner working toward licensure or a mid-career licensed psychotherapist deepening their clinical skills. All clinical fellows receive intensive supervision, training, and consultation to support the therapy that they provide.

Bridget Bender, BA, MSW Candidate

Bridget received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is currently pursuing her MSW/LGSW at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University and is a full-time firefighter in the metro area. She has worked as a peer supporter with MnFIRE and plans to continue to serve the first responder population as a clinician. She has experience working with individuals struggling with trauma/abuse histories, anxiety, codependence, self-esteem, loss, grief, and life transitions- especially those related to reproduction. She is interested in trauma work and is enrolled in classes at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute for 2019. Bridget takes a holistic approach to healing and enjoys helping clients examine their emotions, gain insight into themselves, build relational skills, and work towards their goals.

Michael K. C. Brown, M.A.

Michael has his M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services, and he is presently working towards his Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary’s University of MN. He also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of MN, wherein he focused on comparative religion and on methods of direct experience, such as mysticism and Qabbalah. Michael continues to study religion, mythology, and philosophy in his spare time. He also enjoys daily meditation, writing, cycling on remote, gravel roads, and backpacking in the North Woods.

Kaycie Dale, MSW, LGSW

Kaycie received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She had worked with homeless youth, Spanish speaking children and families, and in the public school system. She has lived and worked abroad in both Ecuador and Spain. She specializes in seeing clients with depression, relationship issues, and anxiety. She enjoys travel, going to concerts, and yoga.

Nicole Duenow, M.A.

Nicole is a psychotherapist and interfaith spiritual director whose work is grounded in practices of care that are trauma-informed, spiritually-integrated, and cross- culturally focused. Her Jüngian-flavored style incorporates methods and modalities that cut across multiple disciplines and fields of study, including neuroscience and behavioral physiology, comparative religions, the literary expressive arts, and the epigenetics of relational, historical, and intergenerational trauma. An Intermediate-level student of Somatic Experiencing® and on track for LPC-licensure and certification as a Registered Poetry Therapist, Nicole holds Master’s degrees in Counseling and Psychological Services and in Theology with a concentration in Spirituality. She appreciates psychoanalytic psychotherapy for its power, accessibility, and unique capacity to heal by honoring the complexities of the human person.

Patricia Holdahl, MSW, LGSW

Patty completed her Master of Social Work degree in the area of Clinical Mental Health and her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. She brings more than six years of experience working with adults with serious mental illness and/or developmental disabilities in clinic, home, and community-based settings. Patty is passionate about psychotherapy and works from the stance of a collaborative partnership in order to gain compassion, self-understanding, and growth. It is a journey taken together, but the focus is you–where you were, where you are, and where you want to be.

Abbie Shain, University of Minnesota Social Work Graduate Student

Abbie received her B.A. from Macalester College and is a 2019 candidate for a Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. In previous roles, Abbie has worked extensively with immigrant and refugee communities around the Twin Cities. Abbie’s practice brings together her clinical training and her background in community organizing to foster a restorative and shame free therapeutic space. Abbie partners with clients to build capacity and resilience around experiences of oppression and marginalization, anxiety and depression, and grief and loss.

Angela Porter, MSW, LGSW

Angela Porter received a Master of Clinical Social work from Augsburg University and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. Angela spent the past year working with homeless youth and providing psychotherapy services to adolescents. While rewarding, an interest in psychodynamic focused psychotherapy with adults brought her to MPSI. Additionally, Angela has extensive experience training horses and is interested in studying non-verbal communication and how it relates to psychotherapeutic practice.