Our Team of Experts

We believe personal change occurs with an emotionally connected, collaborative relationship.

Becky Coulter, MFT, LMFT

AAFMT Approved Supervisor
Animal Assisted Therapy Team

Since graduating from Drexel University’s program of Marriage and Family Therapy in 1985, Becky Coulter has spent 30 years in delivering family, group and individual therapy and managing treatment programs. She has worked as a therapist and director in residential and outpatient treatment for women with eating disorders, prenatal family support services, mental health and addiction treatment for pregnant and parenting women, and adolescent residential mental health treatment.

Working with individuals and families under high degree of emotional and social stress, she feels privileged to have gained a wide exposure to problems of families of racial minority, adoptive families, children in out of home placement, trauma, identity issues, grief and loss, major mental illness and less acute but chronic and troubling behavioral responses to problems. While people who come to therapy need aid in reducing the effect of their symptoms on their daily life, they also come as a member of a family and community. These connections remain the strongest resource for resilience. It is my aim to respect and honor the family’s role in helping people to maintain and heal.

In addition to individual and family therapy, Becky has access the aid of her registered therapy dog, Rex. Rex comes with experience working with children ages 9-17 in residential therapy and volunteers once a week seeing patients at the St. Cloud Hospital. He serves as a stress reliever and a friendly, willing listener and aid in helping young children to learn the joys of reading.

Kayla Ward, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kayla earned her Bachelors of Arts from the College of St. Benedict’s, her Master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Her therapeutic approach is collaborative, cognitive, and systemic, present focused in nature, and is based on establishing a genuine, trusting relationship with clients. Kayla believes the best approach is to be respectful, genuine, compassionate, respectful, and inquisitive as clients navigate through the many difficulties that may arise in life. This enables her clients to express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment and leads to greater insight and positive life changes.

Kayla specializes in trauma therapy and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is empirically proven to be successful with children. She works with people of all ages, family types, as well as couples.

Kayla’s professional background includes two years as a unit and in home therapist for a residential treatment center for children and adolescents and one year working in rural Minnesota as an outpatient therapist. Kayla is a Member of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Luke Szczech, MS

Mental Health Practitioner

Luke received a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University in 2014. He is currently pursuing a full license in the counseling field in order to better serve the community. Luke’s approach to therapy is to first build a positive and therapeutic rapport with his clients. This involves providing a safe and confidential space for his clients to express their thoughts and feelings openly and without judgment. After this rapport, a client centered counseling base will be used as well as other techniques unique to the client’s situation.

Luke has had a wide range of experience in working with a variety of diverse individuals. He has worked in a residential treatment center for at risk adolescent youth ranging in age from 9-18 years of age. He has also provided services for adolescent athletes. Luke is very passionate about working with military veterans as well as military families, helping them through whatever psychological distress they may be experiencing.

Luke also has provided therapy for survivors of sexual assault, counseling the survivors as they try to surmount issues such as posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and other issues resulting from their assault. Luke worked with college aged students as well, providing academic counseling as well as helping them overcome any distress resulting from their pursuit of educational goals. And lastly, Luke has a high level of experience in providing therapy for individuals with disabilities, specifically spinal cord injuries. Having a spinal cord injury himself, Luke has more of an understanding of the subtle nuances that are involved in working with individuals with a disability.

Elisabeth Wallen

Educational Therapist
LD EBD Licensed Teacher/ ASD certification

I believe all children have substantial talents and they each have the ability to tap into those gifts to aid in their development and growth as an individual. All students possess a variety of ways to learn and must not be forced into the box some teachers believe they should adhere to. As a future inclusive teacher I would wish to use as many ways as possible to help my students move ahead; music, movement, visual aids, listening aids, and literature.

Reading materials would be appropriate for all students, including books in their native language from home or books in their development range. Braille books and books on tape would also be a must. I would encourage exploration on their part to better learn a subject. It could be as simple as looking to another source to understand something or as detailed as rewriting a curriculum goal to meet their needs. I hope to create in the students I work with a capacity for them to see that their abilities, characteristics and their behaviors are essential to their understanding of who they are, their identity achievement.

Kenna Gallus

Yoga Instructor

My journey with Yoga began a few years ago, and truly became my way of life while living in Arizona in 2010. I walked into a studio simply looking for a good class, and left with more than I could have imagined. That studio became my home, and I had a whole new Yoga family. I ended up working there full time and truly found my calling in life. I started my 200 Hr. Yoga Teacher Training with Mary Beth Nehl at Yoga Loft in Willmar, MN in the fall of 2011, finished my 500 Hr. Yoga Teacher Training in July of 2015, and finished Yoga Therapy training with Dr. Indu Arora at Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness in Minneapolis MN in July 2016. Under the guidance of both Mary Beth and Dr. Indu I have been able to take my practice to a whole new level, and properly learn how to pass these techniques onto my students. My style of teaching includes but is not limited to Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra. The work IN of a yoga practice has always fascinated me far more than the work OUT, and I love to explore that with my students, whether we are in Meditation or moving through a Sun Salutation. Yoga is a practice of awareness and it is not to be performed, it is to be lived.

Samuel Conway

Group Counselor

Sam Conway is a facilitator, mindfulness instructor, and grief and loss counselor who lives in the woods south of Avon, MN. He has served as the Chaplain at the St. Cloud Children’s Home, a service learning coordinator in Brooklyn, NY and the South Bronx, and trainer in consensus decision making. He attended Sarah Lawrence College where he studied poetry and theology and is the editor of Our Only Weapon Our Spirit, a collection of prison writing from Bobby Sands.