Youth Services Staff

Get To Know Youth Services Staff Members

 

Casey Dickinson, BA is an Intern Therapist in the Youth Services program at Domestic Abuse Project. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Sociology. Now he is a second-year graduate student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities completing a Master’s Degree in Social Work. As a Youth Services Therapist, he provides both individual and group therapy to children and adolescents who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse. Casey’s previous experience includes working as a counselor on an inpatient mental health unit for children and adolescents. When working with children, Casey believes in creating a healing environment where children feel accepted and valued for their unique talents and strengths. In therapy, Casey utilizes cognitive-behavioral, ecological, and developmental approaches to understand the needs of children and adolescents.

Lauren Hofmeister, BA is a Youth Services Therapist at Domestic Abuse Project. She received a BS in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work there as well. Lauren has experience working with children and adolescents in multiple therapeutic settings including autism day treatment, therapeutic preschool, school social work, and in-home family services. At Domestic Abuse Project, she does group and individual therapy with children and adolescents who have witnessed and/ or experienced domestic violence. Lauren takes a strengths-based, developmental, and attachment approach to her work with clients. She believes in the resilience of children and families. Through the development of a positive therapeutic relationship and her understanding of child development, she encourages each child to harness their unique strengths when working towards growth and healing.

Kathleen Korndoerfer, BA is an Intern Therapist in the Youth Services Program at Domestic Abuse Project (DAP).  Kathleen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Luther College and will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services in May 2014 from Saint Mary’s University.  At DAP, Kathleen provides individual and group therapy services for children and adolescents who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence.  Kathleen’s prior experience includes working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, and has worked as a co-therapist providing family services to individuals and couples in Wisconsin.  Kathleen takes a client-centered, strengths-based, and interpersonal/attachment approach when working with children and adolescents. She believes that if given a safe, supportive, and unconditionally accepting environment, children and adolescents are able to work through their unique experiences of trauma and thus heal and grow.

Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW is the Supervisor of Youth Services and a Clinical Research Associate at Domestic Abuse Project. She received a BA in Global Studies and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. At Domestic Abuse Project she has provided group and individual therapy with children and adolescents who have witnessed domestic violence and with adolescent and adult men who use abusive behaviors. Angela previously worked as an attachment researcher at the U of MN Program in Human Sexuality, on a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), completing clinical interviews with adolescent male sex offenders. Angela takes a strengths-based, interpersonal/attachment, and ecological (person-in-environment) approach to the work she does at DAP. She believes that children and adolescents know what they need to heal from their experiences of trauma and encourages their healing and growth through an authentic relationship with a supportive adult in therapy. Angela is a Community Faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Sarah Lockhart, MSW, LGSW received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Luther College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. At Domestic Abuse Project, Sarah provides individual and group therapy services for children and adolescents who have witnessed domestic violence. Prior to coming to DAP, Sarah provided crisis intervention services and in-home skills based therapy services to youth and their families. Sarah takes a cognitive-behavioral, strengths-based, and developmental approach to her work in therapy with children and adolescents. Sarah uses her understanding of each child’s unique developmental needs to identify their core beliefs and harness their strengths to promote healing. Sarah believes that the foundation of therapy is a trusting relationship between a client and their therapist, and that growth comes through empowering youth to use their internal resources to heal.

Leah Martin earned a BA in psychology from the College of St. Benedict and is currently in her last year at Augsburg College in the Masters of Social Work program. At DAP Leah works with children and adults. She provides both individual and group therapy for children and adolescents who have witnessed and/or experienced abuse in the home as well as individual and group therapy for men who have used abusive behavior. Leah’s previous experience includes time spent in Chicago working with at-risk youth and their families. Upon her return to Minnesota she began working with adolescents with mental health issues in a residential setting as well as with adults and children as a counselor on an inpatient mental health unit. When working with children, Leah places importance on creating a safe and healing environment where youth can explore the strengths and resources they possess to help them grow. She uses a client-centered, attachment, and person-in-environment perspective when working with youth and believes that a trusting and supportive relationship in therapy creates a foundation for growth.

Amy Parsons, MSW, LGSW is a therapist in the Youth Services Program at Domestic Abuse Project (DAP). Amy graduated with a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health dual degree from the University of Minnesota as well as a Certificate in Trauma Studies in the spring of 2013. Since joining DAP in 2010, Amy has provided group and individual therapy to women, children, and adolescents who have witnessed and/or experienced family violence. Amy focuses on developing a safe and therapeutic space for clients to explore, understand, and integrate their experiences while learning to trust their unique strengths and resources in the healing process. Amy’s clinical experience includes providing in-home individual and family therapy, school-based mental health, case management for adults living with HIV, and treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Amy is also fluent in Spanish and has 7 years of experience providing therapeutic services to Latino families in various settings, both locally in MN and in Latin America.

Samantha Sosman, BA is a therapist in the Youth Services Program at Domestic Abuse Project.  She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and is now completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  At Domestic Abuse Project, Samantha has provided group and individual therapy for children and adolescents who have witnessed domestic violence and for adult men who use abusive behaviors within their intimate partner relationships.  Prior to her work at Domestic Abuse Project, Samantha worked as a counselor on an inpatient mental health unit for children and adolescents, and provided support and crisis intervention for runaway youth.  Samantha takes a strengths based, family systems and interpersonal/attachment approach when working with children and adolescents.  She believes that children and adolescents are unique and special, deserve the right to a safe and secure environment, and deserve to grow and be valued for their strengths.

Anne Wrenn, BA is an Intern Therapist in the Youth Services Program at Domestic Abuse Project. In 2004 she received a BA in English from the University of Minnesota and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Minnesota. At Domestic Abuse Project, Anne provides individual and group therapy to children and adolescents who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence. Before coming to Domestic Abuse Project, Anne has provided social work services individually and in groups with children in an elementary school in St. Paul. She also was a crisis counselor at the Sexual Violence Center and a volunteer tutor with 5-8 year olds at Simpson House in Minneapolis. In her work with children, Anne takes a strengths-based approach with a focus on both a child’s environment and his/her developmental history and needs. She believe that each child is unique and special and uses that approach to best serve a wide variety of clients. She is thrilled to be interning at Domestic Abuse Project.