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Staff members: New Brighton

Jesse Kardong, MA, LMFT

Jesse is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. The role of therapist is a “second career” for Jesse, who previously spent nine years as a licensed teacher. Jesse primarily works with children and adolescents in his therapy practice. His clinical interests include anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, behavior disorders, parent consultation, and client advocacy.

Jesse’s therapeutic approach is to work closely with clients and parents/guardians to identify strengths, learn new strategies for coping, and come up with practical solutions to life’s challenges. An ardent believer in the healing power of creativity, Jesse attempts to bring a combination of enthusiastic playfulness and steadfast professionalism to each session. He enjoys spending his spare time reading, listening to/playing music, shooting baskets, and re-watching the first three Star Wars movies.

Jessica Voerding, MA, LMFT, RPT-S

Jessica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. The opportunity to collaborate with individuals and families in the therapeutic process to bring about healing is a privilege she does not take lightly. Jessica includes creative approaches such as play, writing, art, movement/yoga, and guided relaxation in her work. Her casual yet energetic nature combined with empathy and respect for the individual and process allow her to work effectively with various individuals – from children (beginning at age 3) who may be struggling in the home or school environment, to adolescents and their families challenged in relationships, to adult women hoping to develop a greater sense of well-being.

Craig Norvell, MA, LMFT

Craig is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has worked extensively with youth, individuals, couples and diverse families in a variety of settings. Using a collaborative approach has allowed Craig to assist others to find relief, hope and solutions to issues ranging from unsatisfying relationships, marital conflict and divorce, parenting challenges, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Romana Trilegi

Romana Triliegi, MA, LPCC

Jay Sidor

Jay Sidor, MA, LMFT

Jay Sidor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works primarily at the New Brighton location. Jay’s focus in therapy is strengthening the client’s confidence in managing difficulties and increasing their ability to thrive. His experiential and cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy allows the client to develop and grow at their own pace. Jay works primarily with children, adolescents, teenagers, and their families in identifying and improving problem areas that affect their well-being. He has also worked with adults struggling with anxiety and depression, and has experience with diverse groups in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Jay’s unique personality and sense of humor provide a welcoming and safe environment for therapy, and allows him to connect well with clients of all ages and backgrounds. In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, golf, basketball, and generally being active. He has also been known to binge watch a season of Stranger Things or Game of Thrones, and enjoys sci-fi and mystery shows and books.

Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman, MA, LMFT

Challenges visit everyone, and every person has a story to tell. As an Art Therapist, I utilize the creativity process and narrative therapy to build a safe space for you to grow and heal. This work is a collaborative, creative process of establishing preferred relationships with yourself and your world, or with your family and loved ones. I welcome families, adults, teens, tweens, and children. I have experience working with anxiety and emotional challenges, loss, trauma, behavioral issues, ADHD, adoption, chronic pain, physical and sexual abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation, anger management, peer issues, and depression.

Sessions involve interacting with a range of art media, as well as talking and other activities according to the specific needs presented. Narrative conversations weave verbal communication into the visual and tactile experience of creating.