Clinical Trainees

Nova J. Bradford

Nova J. Bradford

Behavioral Health Intern

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I am a current Master of Social Work student at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health and a minor area in Sexual Health. I also hold a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

As a behavioral health intern at JustUs Health, I work with clients from a variety of backgrounds and current difficulties. However, my professional background is in the field of sexual health, so I have a particular interest in working with issues related to human sexuality, including problems related to sexual functioning and desire. I work with individuals of all gender and sexual identities, and I am passionate about working with members of LGBTQ+ community. I am currently the student member of the Board of Directors for the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH).

I hope during our time together in therapy, you feel authentically seen and heard. As a trans woman, my approach to therapy is rooted in intersectional and queer feminism, and I am passionate about working towards justice both inside and outside the therapy room. My perspective is informed by sex positivity, trauma-informed care, and risk reduction.

Raisin Johnson

Raisin Johnson 

Behavioral Health Intern

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I am a student working towards my Masters in Social Work at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. I also have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and am a Certified Sexual Assault/Sexual Violence Advocate. As a queer Asian-American person, I am passionate about intersectional social justice work and fighting for equitable treatment for everyone. I primarily have worked from a strengths-based and person-centered approach to support individuals in their growth. It is my belief that focusing on people holistically, prioritizing their experiences, and providing a safe and inclusive space can allow for positive change and healing.

I have primarily worked with LGBTQIAA2S individuals who have been victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and I am excited to continue to work with individuals in the community. I also look forward to working with people who come from other diverse communities and backgrounds. I am interested in learning more about, and working with, individuals who need support with chronic mental health issues, co-occurring disorders, and relationship difficulties. I hope to apply trauma-informed, harm-reduction, and attachment-based lenses when working with these issues.

In our work together, I hope that you will feel comfortable being yourself and sharing what is on your mind, and I want you to feel like the space we share is free from judgement. I believe that together we can identify your skills and strengths, and it is my hope that you go out into the world feeling empowered with the knowledge that you have been heard and you are enough.

Ruby Levine

Ruby Levine

Behavioral Health Intern

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I am a Behavioral Health Intern finishing my final year of an MSW program at the University of Minnesota. Coming from a social work perspective, I believe in the resiliency of every human and want to help you build on your strengths to accomplish your own goals.

I am focused on serving the LGBTQ+ community, with particular attention to bisexual, pansexual, and other non-monosexual identities. I believe that one methodology can’t encompass the wide breadth of human experience, and draw on techniques such as narrative therapy, interpersonal therapy, and CBT.

Before beginning my MSW, I worked in abortion access and remain active in the reproductive justice movement. This ethic, which holds that every person is the most important decision-maker in their own lives, underlies my work. I want to work with you to build the life you want to have.

Casey C.R. Nielsen

Casey C.R. Nielsen, BA, MHP

Chemical Health and Behavioral Health Intern

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I am a Chemical Health and Behavioral Health Intern. I am completing my final year in the Co-Occurring Disorders program at Adler Graduate School, working towards my LADC and LPCC. I have a BA in Sociology and have worked in various positions in the chemical health and behavioral health fields since 2011.

I work from a person-centered, strengths-based, risk-reduction approach and incorporate a variety of techniques based on individual needs. My areas of interest include folks living with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), substance use disorders, process addictions, and the LGBTQIAA2S community.

I believe Alfred Alder said it well when he said this of empathy: “Seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” For me, empathy is a big part of therapy. I will show you empathy, and I hope to help you look inward to find ways to be gentle with yourself. I look forward to working with you.

Tynessia Snoddy

Tynessia Snoddy

Behavioral Health Intern

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I’m a graduate student at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the Counseling Psychology Program. I will be pursuing licensure as an LADC and LPCC. I earned my BA in Psychology from University of MN - Twin cities. I currently work as a Behavioral Health Intern at JustUs Health. I also work as the Supportive Services Manager at Clare Housing-Marshall Flats. I specialize in harm reduction/risk reduction, strengths-based, solution-focused, trauma-informed, and person-centered care. In both roles I provide safe, healing, and restorative supportive care to people living with HIV/AIDs. My being a part of the continuum of care allows for the elimination of stigma and disease, and the optimization of the lives of people affected.

During my practicum, I plan to focus on assessment tools for appropriate diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as learn to implement CBT and DBT. I currently serve people in the LGBTQ community and communities of color, most of whom have experienced trauma, stigma, and all the “isms”. My experience involves working with matters such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress response, and severe and persistent mental illness, as well as grief, transition, and addictions.

My belief is that everyone has the right to exist as they are without shame or stigma. I believe everyone has an innate desire to self-actualize, and I’m here to support clients in the process of healing and living in a state of wellness.

Ly VerHage

Ly VerHage

Behavioral Health Intern

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I am currently a graduate student pursuing my Masters in Social Work and licensure as an Alcohol/Drug Counsellor.  I am a Certified Sexual Assault Advocate and have worked with youth and families with trauma, domestic/sexual/familial violence histories, and those who have experienced systemic disenfranchisement. 

Trauma comes out in different ways with different folks and learning to understand and cope is difficult, yet freeing.  I am excited to work with those within the LGBTQIA+ community, those with trauma histories (especially religious-based trauma), those who have experienced disordered eating/fatphobic trauma, and/or chemical health concerns. 

You are the expert of your own experience and deserve a therapeutic relationship that is safe and judgement-free in which to pursue your goals, discover your strengths, and work through the tough stuff, while feeling supported and empowered.

Tammie Wittrock

Tammie Wittrock, MPH

Behavioral Health Intern

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I am a clinical intern currently enrolled at the University of St. Thomas for a Masters in Social Work (MSW) with the hopes of obtaining my LICSW. I am versed in trauma-informed care and obtained my Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 2017, with a focus on mental health disparities.

My professional interest includes eliminating disparities among racial, ethnic, and other disparaged groups. I currently work as a Contract Analyst with adult mental health contracts and use my position to champion equity and equality for the residents I serve. I have worked with adults and adolescents across all socio- economic backgrounds and am particularly interested in family of origin issues and historical trauma. Clinical approaches that I would like to incorporate with clients include cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and DBT/DBT-C.

I have a unique perspective on mental wellness as I have and continue to embark on my own journey of healing. I truly believe that all of us are born with everything we need to be the best “Us” we can be. My passion is to guide others to find their own path.