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Our Mission

Summer Counseling is LGBTQIA+ celebrating and accepting, and has counselors who are experienced working with people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Summer Counseling is dedicated to being actively anti-racist and is constantly striving for cultural awareness and support in counseling. 

Our counselors provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, Individual Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Social Skills Training and Groups, Parenting Skills and Groups, Adlerian Therapy, and Couples Counseling. 

Our therapists are continually growing and learning about ways to support your mental health, which includes expertise and training in several types of therapy. Please see our "Services" section and your therapist's biography for more information! 

It can be intimidating to seek out mental health services and support! At Summer Counseling, we strive to provide a welcoming, friendly, and creative environment. Whether you are seeking play therapy services for your child, individual counseling, or couples or family counseling, our expert therapists provide safety, comfort, and skills to promote real change and healing. There is always a path forward into the sunshine!

We're here for you.

Summer Counseling is  located on the Woodbury/Oakdale border, and serves various other communities, including Afton, Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Stillwater, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, St. Paul, Cottage Grove, Newport, Inver Grove Heights, Maplewood, Hastings, and White Bear Lake. 

Our Therapists 

We have significant experience treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, communication challenges, family dynamics, children of divorce, trauma, abuse, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Sensory Processing Challenges, Developmental Delays, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Grief, Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm, Medical and Health Issues.

Meet our Team

Jennifer Kokes

Jennifer Kokes

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor & Minnesota Board of Behavioral Therapy and Mental Health Clinical Supervisor

Our CTSS Staff

Tyler Zgodava

Tyler is Mental Health Practitioner in our CTSS program. He is a graduate of St. Thomas University with a BA in criminal justice and sociology and is currently entering his second year of graduate school to obtain his master’s degree in Clinical Counseling. When he’s not working, Tyler enjoys teaching Tap Dance at Momentum Dance Project, basketball, and spending time with his family.

Casey Malone

Hello and good day!

I’m a mental health practitioner here at Summer Counseling in the CTSS program. Before this I was a positive support specialist and before that I was a chemistry teacher… and before that I taught English and history. I’m excited to work with teenage male-identifying clients to help with communication, emotional regulation, social skills, and more-while having the most fun possible!

When I’m not working, I like to play music, draw/paint, do some sports, snowmobile, read, watch documentaries, play video games, explore places, and talk to people. I also have 2 cats and I brush their teeth every night, and I have the scratches to prove it sometimes!

Kelsie Danchertsen

Hello! I have a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Louis University, and I'm happy to join Summer Counseling as a CTSS practitioner. I love use my Occupational Therapy background to incorporate sensory activities for children and teens during skills work. I love animals, reading, and traveling with my family in my free time. I can't wait to meet you!

Belle Edling

Hi my name is Belle. I provide CTSS as a Mental Health Practitioner. Before starting at Summer counseling, I worked with kids ages 2-7 who have autism as a Behavioral Practitioner providing ABA therapy. I have a BA in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and I am currently in graduate school working on a masters degree in Social Work. In my free time I enjoy going on long walks with my dogs, watching movies with friends and attempting to cook.

Adam Bennett

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Keshawn Sutton

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Kate Hoeffel

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Brittany Uddin

Meet Brittany D Uddin, a dedicated and compassionate Children’s Therapeutic Support Specialist (CTSS) with a rich background in high-resource professional roles within the special education center-based program of an elementary school.

Britty D Uddin brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the field of therapeutic support, having previously served as a key player in the special education center at Valley Crossing Elementary School in Woodbury. In this capacity, she played an instrumental role in creating and implementing tailored programs to support the diverse needs of students with various learning challenges.

Drawing on her previous experience, she skillfully integrates therapeutic techniques into her practice, creating a nurturing and inclusive environment for children to thrive emotionally and academically.

As a CTSS therapist, Ms. Britty is committed to fostering positive mental health and emotional well-being in her clients. She possess a deep understanding of the complexities of working with children in an educational setting, and her previous history in a high-resource professional role has equipped her with the skills needed to tailor interventions that address the specific needs of each individual.

With a proven track record in the special education domain and a commitment to ongoing professional development, Britty is poised to make a lasting impact as a CTSS therapist, helping children navigate the complexities of their emotions and build a foundation for success in both school and life.

During her free-time she enjoys attending her middle school son’s sporting events, helping her 4 year old learn new things, doing arts and crafts and during the summer, the pool is her go to! She enjoys cooking for her partner, and learning new recipes. Outside of work, her life is family and self-care based.

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