Tricia Gagnon LPC-S, Owner, EMDR Consultant in Training, 200 RYT Yoga Teacher

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers. I am an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist

MY STORY began after going to counseling at age 13. I was either living in a semi-numb state or very emotional. Past traumas and being told I was “too sensitive” had led me to shut down my feelings. When my feelings would finally bubble up (as they always will), they would come out sideways….I had no idea what was happening or how to handle it.

After only a few sessions with a therapist, I could talk about my feelings calmly. I didn’t shut down and/or cry like before. Something had happened when it seemed like we were only having a conversation. How could that be? Why did I feel better? It seemed like magic had happened and I had to know just how. Read more

Nici Richardson LPC, BCC, BC-TMH, Licensed Professional Counselor

My pronouns are: She, Her, Hers

Growing up, my sister was an avid reader. She would read all kinds of books from various genres, and one day, she shared a book with me when I was in middle school, “The Heart Reader of Franklin High” by Terri Backstock. It is a fictional book about a typical teenager who woke up one day, and could hear the deepest needs of those around him, the things that weigh on their hearts, that they often do not put into words. I was captivated by this, and couldn’t help but think what an incredible gift that would be to be able to read other’s hearts. Read more 

Desiree Nitka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, EMDR Trained

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers.

There is no greater honor than to walk down a path of healing and recovery, with individuals, to become their most authentic selves and live a life of fulfillment and freedom.  For therapy to be beneficial, it is essential to have a therapeutic relationship, which fosters a safe space where you may come as you are and feel accepted and seen without judgement.  The traumas I experienced in early childhood led to issues with anxiety and an overly active “fight or flight response” to, seemingly, minor conflicts or challenges. Read more

Benjamin Klaassen M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor

My pronouns are: He, Him, His.

I love being a therapist because sitting with someone and engaging in authentic relationship energizes me and brings me great fulfillment that I haven’t been able to experience elsewhere. This has grown deeper over time as I myself have grown more authentic.

I utilize an existential humanistic approach of talk therapy. I believe you are responsible for the changes you wish to see in your life while my goal is to join you in your self-exploration as an understanding and nonjudgmental guide. I do not claim to be an expert on life, but come from a place of understanding since I’ve had my own challenges and dark periodsRead more

Mark LoPalo, Certified Equine Facilitated Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner, 200 RYT, Equine Coach

My pronouns are: He, Him, His.

How I got into this work is a result of reaching out during my own personal turmoil. I was struggling with whether to get a divorce or not, and saw a therapist. The therapist knew I did dressage and trained with horses. He asked if I would work with a client of his that was stuck in therapy and headed for divorce and unemployment. I agreed to give it a try, and the rest as they say is history. The client’s relationships and his self-awareness improved dramatically so the therapist couldn’t have been happier. This story always reminds me that as one door closes, another door opensRead more

Melissa Brown MS, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Supervised by Monica Urbaniak, LMFT-S

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers.

I feel honored to witness the process of self-discovery, exploration and healing. After experiencing my own growth and healing in therapy, I understand how powerful it can be to have a safe and compassionate space to be seen, heard, and understood. My hope is to create a place where you can share, own, and even re-write your story as you discover your own unique path to healing. Read more

Doreen Simonian, MA, MS, LPC Associate

My pronouns are: She, Her, Hers. I am fully LGBTQIA

“Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and more loved than you know” ~Winnie The Pooh

Though this quote appears in a beloved children’s book, I find it inspiring for both young and old. We all need to know that we have, within us, so much untapped strength and resilience. Life can often be hard and, when it throws us a curveball, it helps to have someone in our corner who can support us in tapping into those unique qualities that enable us to deal with life and emerge even stronger than we ever thought possible. Read more

Mindful Path Counseling + Wellness, PLLC (Mindful Path) is a management company providing space and support services to the mental health providers in this office.  No partnership or other business entity relationship exists between Mindful Path and these providers.  Each independent licensed therapist who offices at Mindful Path is solely responsible for the services they provide and the manner in which they are performed and are not agents or employees of Mindful Path.