MPSI Psychotherapy Center

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.

Marc Beitz

Marc received his BA in Philosophy from Williams College and is currently working towards his MSW at the University of St Thomas. He has experience working as a crisis counselor and with high-needs elementary students. As the child of immigrants, he is very aware of the role culture plays in our lives. Marc believes that creating an open and safe space for communication and exploration leads to opportunities for growth and change.

Claire Blaze, BA

Claire received her Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College where she studied Gender and Feminist Studies and is currently completing a Master of Social Work in Clinical Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. Although she is new to the field of clinical mental health, she has a background in social service work and brings a powerful enthusiasm for connecting with and supporting others through their healing and personal growth. Claire is fascinated by the human mind, the human experience, and the human spirit, and believes that true healing is achieved through authentic, caring human relationships. She is also a passionate advocate for social justice and believes that the forces of culture and society can have a significant impact on individuals’ mental health. Claire holds a deep respect for the trust that clients bestow her and takes genuine joy in helping clients to explore their inner lives.

Emily Eng, MA

Emily is a biracial Cambodian-American psychotherapist whose work is grounded in somatic, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and decolonizing practices and perspectives. She views the psychotherapy relationship as a collaborative space for nurturing healing, liberation, and empowerment. Emily brings a deeply nonjudgmental presence and believes that feeling seen and heard by your therapist is essential for the work of therapy. Beyond her clinical work, Emily is dedicated to working in collective and community for economic, racial, gender/sexuality, and environmental justice.

Emily received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Lucinda Moody, MSW, LGSW

Lucinda completed her BSW at Grand Valley State University in 2017 and MSW at the University of St. Thomas in 2020. In addition to the psychoanalytic training received through her fellowship at the Psychotherapy Center, Lucinda has also completed CCTP and CCTP-II training to enhance her skills in working with clients who have a history of trauma. She spent her teenage years in Togo, West Africa, working in a small mission hospital with her family. She has experience working with people following disasters and currently runs a program that helps people with disabilities get involved in the amateur radio hobby. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, gardening, and spending time with her two cats.

Lucinda likes to empower clients to recognize and use their strengths to find their unique path to healing and balance.

Eric D. Penniston

Eric has a J.D. since he has been pursuing a combined program with his MSW. He expects to complete the MSW and sit for the bar exam in spring 2021. His focus will be on deepening his knowledge and clinical skills around individual and community trauma and how systems can avoid reinforcing those harms. His B.A. is in Psychology, where he grounded his studies in cognitive neuroscience. He has also studied Media Studies at the graduate level. He has worked in the areas of addiction, crisis management and domestic violence. Eric enjoys hiking, reading and playing guitar.

Corbin Quinn MA, PhD

Prior to switching to a career as a therapist, Corbin was a teacher for over fifteen years. He recently interned as a counselor at a drop-in center for adults with severe mental illness and spent two years working with people recovering from substance use disorders. Corbin has a deep interest in helping people living with unresolved trauma, anxiety, depression, gender/sexuality issues, and addictions/compulsions.

He earned an MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota, where he is completing an MSW degree in Clinical Social Work. Corbin currently serves on the Diversity and Social Action Committee of the American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

Erin Trapp

Erin is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Minnesota in clinical mental health. She studied comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine, where she received a PhD in 2009, and for the past ten years, she has taught literature, cultural studies, poetry, the environmental humanities, and writing at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Her therapeutic approach centers on tending to and making space for one’s inner life and unconscious conflicts. She values the importance of this work in creating sustainable and meaningful community and life experiences. Erin spends time reading and writing about environmental loss and grief, environmental racism, anti-oppressive politics, and trauma.

Star Williams

Star is completing her MSW at the University of St Thomas. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with sixteen years of somatic and energetic bodywork and meditation practice. Star has a strong interest in neuroscience, trauma work, spirituality, meditation/mindfulness, and body-centered approaches. She currently holds a MA in ESL and enjoys teaching and working with people from all over the world. Star loves getting out in nature with her dog and swinging from a hammock with a good book.

Kylie Gamm

Kylie Gamm is currently a Saint Mary’s University graduate counseling student. She is committed to deeply understanding one’s suffering and what it takes to change. Living in Rochester, Kylie has worked at Mayo Clinic in the areas of bioethics, humanities, end-of-life care and with those struggling with severe and persistent mental illness. She received a BA from the University of Minnesota, where she studied the relevance of the biological sciences to social, environmental, and health-related problems. Kylie is a graduate of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute’s Exploring Psychoanalysis program and serves on various committees where she continues to work for justice, and for joy.