Clinical Trainees

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Leora Effinger-Weintraub

Behavioral Health Intern

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I am pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at St. Catherine University. Like the St. Kate's program and Rainbow Health, one of the driving factors in my social work practice is social justice. As a member of multiple historically marginalized communities, in my work, I strive to honor and make space for all intersecting identities. I also believe that my most fulfilling work will include both building therapeutic relationships with individuals and families, and advocating to create positive change in communities and society. 

My past work, volunteer, educational, and social work experiences working with people in personal and societal/structural crises has impressed upon me the transformational power of self-determination. These have included service in the public sector Human Resources field, mediation and conflict coaching specializing in restorative justice to divert young people away from the criminal justice system, and providing social work services to a diverse group of young people experiencing homelessness. 

As I move into my work here at Rainbow Health, I welcome the opportunity to create spaces that facilitate growth and healing. I am especially drawn to work with LGBTQ+ individuals in my community and hope that my career will one day include work with queer adolescents and young adults. Critical theory, feminist theory, queer theory, attachment theory, and models of identity development are frameworks that drive my work in therapeutic relationships, with a focus on strengths and the empowerment of the individual in their environment. My training in trauma awareness and resilience are a foundation to explore deep healing from childhood, historical/societal, and acute trauma. Above all, one of my deepest core values is authenticity, being my true self in ways that enable others to find, develop, and embody their truest selves. 

Beginning in February 2021, Leora will be leading a Group Teletherapy series for those experiencing grief and loss.

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Arielle Johnson (AJ)

Behavioral Health Intern

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Hello! I am currently pursuing an MSW through the University of MN. My concentration area is Clinical Mental Health and my approach to therapy is rooted in intersectional feminism, racial equity, queer and trans liberation, and economic justice. I hold a BA in psychology and environmental studies from St. Olaf College and bring over eight years of experience working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds to my practice. My work and volunteer experience thus far have been focused on college access and success for low-income students, climate resilience, and rehabilitative mental health services.

I am excited to work with individuals of all gender and sexual identities. As a queer femme, I am especially passionate about working with folks from the LGBTQ+ community, particularly those who identify as bi+, pansexual, and/or minoritized/invisible in our community. Additionally, I have studied and practiced Zen meditation and am eager to learn more about incorporating mindfulness into our work together. 

In therapy, our relationship is my top priority. I look forward to meeting you and cultivating a therapeutic alliance with empathy and an understanding that you are the expert of your experience.

Beginning in January 2021, AJ will be co-leading a Group Teletherapy series for those who have experienced religious trauma.

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Huda Omar 

Behavioral Health Intern 

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Hi there! I am a graduate student studying clinical social work at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. Currently, I am a Behavioral Health Intern here at Rainbow Health. This role provides me the opportunity to work, learn, and enhance my therapeutic skills in a holistic environment. Here I hope to provide my clients with a safe and comforting environment that allows individuals to showcase as much vulnerability and self-expression necessary to facilitate their healing goals.  

As an anti-oppressive practitioner, my work with clients is based on transparency, non-judgment, support, inclusivity, partnership, and empowerment.  In my previous work, I’ve had the pleasure to work with clients from all walks of life. The majority of my clients were diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illnesses. I was able to work with a team of health care professionals to provide clients with a targeted treatment plan to significantly decrease their symptoms and any self-defeating behavior counteracting or opposing their goals and aspirations. Additionally, as a native Somali speaker, I am able to assist clients who speak primarily in Somali.  

As a Rainbow Health Behavioral Health Intern, I hope to work with clients in a transparent and collaborative manner. I believe that wellbeing is not a destination but a journey, and I plan to meet and assist your needs wherever you are in your voyage of healing and self-discovery. 

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Kelsey Schultz  

Behavioral Health Intern

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Well, hello there! I am a graduate student in the Clinical Social Work Program at Simmons University. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies from DePaul University.

I strongly believe that positive mental health and social change are intrinsically connected. At its core, my role is to hold nonjudgmental, collaborative, supportive space for folks to hone a sense of self and cultivate a relationship with the world around them. I practice psychotherapy through a psychodynamic, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, trauma-informed, sex positive, fat liberation, harm reductive, community-oriented lens. I blend many therapeutic approaches and theoretical frameworks to ensure that each person I work with receives care that is tailored to their unique needs and desires.

I welcome clients from all spheres of life and lived realities. I am mindful of power dynamics and systemic implications embedded in mental healthcare settings and relationship building across difference. Most of my professional experience has been with communities that are underrepresented, under supported, economically limited, identify as BIPOC, and/or LGBTQIAP2S+. As a gay nonbinary person, I am especially passionate about working with folks from the queer community.

I am currently accepting clients for individual, couples (including poly/non-monogamy), and group therapy. My areas of professional interest include (but are not limited to): sex, gender and sexuality, intimacy, trauma, relationships with our bodies, unpacking and addressing biases and internalized “ism’s”, grief and loss, PTSD.

As we work together, my hope is that you feel nourished, resourced, and energized. I believe we each have expertise and a story to tell. I would be honored to bear witness to your story and participate in this journey with you.

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Sam Trewick  

Behavioral Health Intern

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I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University, which compliments my background teaching yoga and my personal commitment to cultivating wisdom through movement, meditation, and mindfulness. 

As a Transpersonal counselor, it is my belief that spirituality (however you define it) supports and enhances psychological growth and healing. I am also exploring ways in which the physical body can be a healing tool – even/especially when the body is the source of trauma – through the use of exercise and movement in conjunction with compassionate mindfulness and traditional talk therapy. I am grounded and inspired by the work of Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and others who share the belief that everything we need for healing already resides within us … but that we absolutely sometimes require assistance to access it. Like those teachers, I also believe in the healing power of humor! 

I hope to be of help to the LGBTQIA+ community, of which I am a member, as well as those who grapple with body shame, a crippling inner critic, attachment (family of origin) issues, loneliness, meaninglessness, and the everyday struggles that can make life feel gray.