Jill Boike, MSW, LICSWClinical Director
Jill has been practicing in the mental health field for over 15 years. She received her MSW from Augsburg College and the University Of Bristol, UK. Her experience includes: providing CTSS services, outpatient clinical services and supervision. Jill’s approach in therapy includes a client centered focus with structural and systemic models. Her special interests include: adoption, attachment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), grief & loss, multicultural competency, art/play therapy, and international policy/practice. Jill is a board approved supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Social Work (all licensures) and Behavioral Health (LPC/LPCC).
Michael Boike, BSB, MA, LMFTBusiness Manager & Mental Health Professional
Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Carlson School of Management and has spent over 20 years as a professional in the Information Technology field. Volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem, Michael represented children involved in the legal system. In addition Michael completed his master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and is trained in EMDR for both children and adults and working towards certification. Michael is currently focused on ensuring the long-term stability and quality of the mental health services provided by Therapy Connections. His special interests include: attachment, child/family relationship issues, trauma & supervision.
Rita R., MA, LMFT
Rita received her Master’s Degree from Adler Graduate School in Richfield, MN, and has been working in the mental health field since 2004 where she began working as an ARMHS provider. Rita is a Board Approved Supervisor with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family therapy, and has completed the training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She believes in a client centered, family driven, and trauma-informed approach as she walks beside them on their journey to healing and recovery.
Amanda N., MA, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Amanda received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St Mary’s University. She has worked in the mental health field for six years. Amanda has experience working with sexual trauma survivors, people with serious and persistent mental illness, and people with developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with: adolescents, children, families & individuals. Amanda’s interests include group therapy (DBT), adoption, attachment, Art/play therapy, trauma, and home based services. In addition, Amanda has interest in supervision and additional training in art/play therapy.
Richelle A., MSW, LICSW
Richelle received her MSW degree in Clinical Social Work from St. Thomas University. She has been providing care in the human services field for 10 years. Richelle has experience working with people from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds and people struggling to recover from traumatic events or losses in their life. She also has experience supporting those managing chemical dependency concerns, serious and persistent mental illness, or developmental disabilities. Richelle has provided care to individuals, families, children, and adolescents. Richelle’s approach to therapy is grounded in developing a trusting relationship where it feels safe to work on difficult issues. Richelle works collaboratively in a trauma-informed and strengths-based way to identify where support is needed. She makes use of approaches such as Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people move toward healing.
Janell J., MA
Janell received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University. She has 7 years of experience in the mental health field, and has worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness, parenting issues, anxiety, and depression. She has also worked with children and families providing in-home therapeutic services, including work around autism, behavioral issues, and trauma. Janell appreciates and values using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with adolescents. Janell is currently under the clinical supervision of Jill D. Boike, MSW, LICSW.
Ruth P., MSW, LGSW
Ruth received her Masters in Clinical Social Work degree from the University of St. Thomas / St. Catherine University joint program and her Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Macalester College. She provides therapeutic services to adolescents and adults with a person-centered approach, drawing from clinical modalities like Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) while encouraging self-awareness through mindfulness. Ruth works with couples as both a Level 1 certified Gottman Method Couples therapist and a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator. Ruth takes a judgment-free approach to working with people of all identities, orientations, and persuasions. Her areas of experience include anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, family conflict, identity, substance abuse, chronic pain, and grief and loss. Ruth is currently under the clinical supervision of
Jill D. Boike, MSW, LICSW.