Shawn Bulgatz, MA, LMFT
Post Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy - University of St. Thomas
Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology - University of St. Thomas
Bachelor’s Degree in English and Psychology - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Shawn has had extensive training in the field of play therapy and uses a non-directive/experiential approach to working with children in play. Shawn believes in a systemic approach to working with children. Meetings with parents and collaboration with other providers for the child occur on a regular basis. If recommended by the therapist, parents can become part of their child's play therapy session.
Almost 90% of play therapists are female. Unfortunately, many children have had negative experiences with men. Shawn offers the opportunity for children to develop trust and work through past trauma with an experienced male therapist. It has proved to be a very unique and healing experience.
Ann Fleming, MA, LMFT, RPT
Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy- Bethel Seminary, Arden Hills MN
Bachelor of Arts in Communication- University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Ann is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She has worked with children and families in a variety of settings for over 20 years and has a passion for helping kids thrive. She also has several years’ experience working with adults with mental health challenges and disabilities. As a military spouse of 25 years, Ann also has personal and professional experience with the stress and adjustment of deployment. Many of these stressors are the same as those experienced by families who are undergoing custody issues, divorce/separation, and the process of having children diagnosed with learning or other disorders.
Ann uses a combination of non-directive, directive, and experiential approaches in play therapy with children. She is a certified in Autplay, a play therapy approach to working with children and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Ann approaches working with families from a strengths-based perspective feels honored to walk alongside the families she works with during difficult times. In her spare time, she does lot of walking with her two labs, Tali & Bailey.
Naomi Heller, MSW, LICSW
Master's Degree in Social Work, University of St. Thomas
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Sarah Nides, MA
Master’s Degree in Adlerian Psychology and Psychotherapy – Adler Graduate School
Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Sarah has experience providing group, individual, and family therapy. She has worked
with most ages in a variety of settings including schools, daycares, homes, and day
treatment centers. Sarah believes in the value of each individual’s unique strengths
and aims to guide her clients towards healing through creativity. Sarah’s approach is
gentle and informative while offering a safe, warm, and encouraging environment.
She hopes that her clients will feel heard, as she seeks to understand their concerns
and find ways to guide them towards their therapy goals.
Sarah primarily utilizes Experiential Play Therapy in her work with children between
the ages of 2-12 years. Although, she may implement other models or techniques
depending on therapy goals and the individual’s developmental age. Sarah
collaborates with her clients to understand their unique needs and then identifies
which approaches will work best for the individual.
Through creativity and encouragement, children can learn to flourish and develop a
foundation for positive growth and development. Sarah always appreciates being
invited to become a part of your healing journey, as she is continually amazed by the
growth that can occur when children are given the space to share their stories.
Sheldon and Cali Sue
Sheldon (Mini Goldendoodle) and Cali Sue (Rescued Mix that Shawn affectionately refers to as a ChiMalShiPomYorkiPoo) are at the Eagan office several days a week. They are the official greeters to those who enter the waiting area and help out during therapy sessions with Shawn.