Tricia Gagnon LPC-S, Owner, EMDR Consultant in Training, 200 RYT Yoga Teacher
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers. I am an LGBTQIA+ 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 periods. Read more
Mark LoPalo, Certified Life Coach & Intuitive Healer
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 opens. 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.