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Shelley Houston, LMFT, Therapist / Clinical Director
I began my journey in the field of mental health almost 20 years ago as an undergraduate intern in a community support program. This experience changed my career path and I went from pursuing a degree in education to pursuing a career in counseling. I attended the University of St. Thomas and received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have had some wonderful work experiences since my journey began and have worked in intensive residential treatment, as an ARMHS worker, psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, and outpatient mental health.
In 2005, I had the life changing experience of attending an intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and I have embraced this approach as a part of my practice. I have since received intensive DBT training in Prolonged Exposure (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorders.
I joined this practice in 2011 and I love working with people in our DBT program. It’s truly awesome to watch someone who has no hope and does not believe in their own potential begin to use these skills and strategies in their own lives and begin to build their "Lives Worth Living."
I am also experienced in working with couples, adolescents, families, chemical dependency issues, depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Christine Butler, LPCC, Therapist
I joined Turning Point in October 2016. I am enthusiastic about self-improvement and the empowerment of others. I have volunteered for the last seven years with an Indiana based program serving local youth through education and outreach. I have over three years experience working in a Community Mental Health Clinic, providing counseling to individuals, families and conducting group psychotherapy. I have taught Abnormal Psychology for a local community college in Indiana and have completed research in cognitive psychology and human performance.
I Graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a bachelors in Law and Society with a minor in Psychology. In 2012, I obtained a Masters degree from Liberty University with an emphasis on marriage and family counseling. 2014, I obtained my second Masters degree from Liberty University for Professional Counseling. I became a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association on Trauma in 2015.
Taylor Harrison, LGSW / Intake Therapist
I am a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee Knoxville's Master of Science in Social Work program. My emphasis was on evidence-based clinical practice with and the treatment of trauma and trauma-specific interventions. Prior to finishing my master’s, I worked in behavioral health agencies supporting adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa, but recently relocated to Duluth after finishing graduate school in Knoxville, Tennessee. I joined Turning Point in November of 2016 and am excited to work with people on their journey to wellness!
Maria Holm, LGSW, Psychotherapist, Therapist
I am a psychotherapist who provides mental health counseling utilizing a person centered, strength based approach. I embrace and value each person as an individual with unique strengths and consider it an honor to share in their life experiences. I have been serving people with mental health needs since 2007. I began working as a clinical psychotherapist, utilizing evidence based and clinical methods in 2016, when I attended and graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a clinical social work degree and obtained licensure as a licensed graduate social worker. I greatly enjoy working with people towards their goals and am passionate about providing a warm and safe place for people to process through life difficulties, trauma, and learn to identify their strengths and value.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked as a social worker and had the honor and privilege of developing mentor relationships with youth and working with them to achieve life goals, providing services to families through the Headstart program, assisting individuals with disabilities in achieving their vocational goals as a vocational case manager, and, working within the court system to unite families and support youth in working through legal challenges.
Evidence points to the value of the therapeutic relationship as a source of healing potential. It is my belief that true healing can take place when we can be fully known and wholly accepted. In my practice, I encourage and celebrate the embracing of weakness, vulnerability as strength, and honesty without judgment. It is my great pleasure to provide an environment of acceptance and non-judgment to promote healing and wholeness for all.
Evan Toonstra, LGSW, Therapist
I completed my Masters in Social Work at The College of St. Scholastica in 2017. My program focused on mental health across the lifespan, including adolescents and older adults. My background has included working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, adolescents, and individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. As a clinical intern, I co-developed and facilitated a CBT based Chronic Pain Management group.
I believe in using a holistic approach to mental health, looking at all aspects of the human experience to foster positive personal growth. Each person is filled with potential to lead fulfilling lives; together we unlock that potential.
Mary Young, LPCC, Therapist
I have over 25 years of experience helping people with a variety of issues including grief & loss, employment related issues, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, chronic illness and disabilities, and adjustment concerns. I provide EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and counseling services to adults of all ages. If you’re interested in working towards positive changes in your life, I would appreciate and be honored by the opportunity to meet with you.
I received my Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1994. I worked as Public Housing Service Coordinator and Mental Health Practitioner at the Human Development Center in Duluth from 1996 -2007 prior to beginning my therapy practice in Texas in 2010. I relocated to my native Duluth in 2014 where I joined the Turning Point team. I hold credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Employee Assistance Specialist – Clinical (EAS-C). I am also certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute.
Jodi Hall, Administrative Assistant
I was born and raised in Two Harbors. I graduated from Duluth Business University with a degree in business management and moved away for a number of years. But I found there is no place like home and I returned to the Duluth area to be closer to family. I joined the Turning Point Team in March of 2017 and I am excited to be a part of a fun team that cares so much about the people they serve.