Samantha Schendzielos, Counselor, MS

Email: samantha.schendzielos@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-424-0798

Counseling Philosophy

Counseling is a journey of self-exploration by the student, meant to increase his/her level of self-understanding and self-awareness. As a counselor I act as the guide or facilitator of this journey to help enable change. I do not act as the expert on the student's life. My goal is to create a safe place in which students can explore what is getting in the way of their success and/or happiness. I approach each student with respect, authenticity, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard.

Education

St Cloud State University, BS-Business; St Cloud State University, MS- College Counseling & Student Development

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Carley Saravia, Counselor, MS, LPC, LSC

Email: carley.saravia@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-424-0912

Counseling Philosophy

I feel honored to work with college students during what is a time of major transition and self-discovery no matter where you are in life. I also know that this time can come with significant challenges, such as lack of motivation, indecision, school/work/life balance, anxiety, relationship issues, difficulty with focus, loneliness, grief or depression among many other obstacles. Dealing with the many stressors that come your way is not something you have to do alone.  I approach therapy from a holistic, strengths-based perspective where I hold intentional space for you so you can feel safe exploring your feelings, thoughts and experiences. I hope that our work together will empower you to process any issues you are facing and identify the answers to your own self defined goals. If you are struggling with your current situation, come talk with me and we can begin working on what feels right for you.

Education

Normandale Community College, Associate of Arts; University of Minnesota, B.A. English; Northern Arizona Graduate Certification, Education; University of Wisconsin River Falls, M.S. Counseling, Moorhead State University- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 

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Johanna Gangl, Mental Health Therapist, MA, LPCC

Email: johanna.gangl@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-488-0409

Counseling Philosophy

I consider counseling to be a rare, invaluable opportunity. It is a space designed for building self-awareness by exploring values, feelings, behavior patterns, and thoughts without judgement, typical relationship expectations, or trust violations.  I identify myself as a trauma-informed, strengths-based practitioner. I partner with my clients to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals by providing empathy, psycho-education, and guidance. Throughout our lives, we are presented with the idea that success means not needing anyone, but I believe wholeheartedly that growth begins with being seen, heard, and valued in moments of human connection.

Education

Randolph-Macon College, BA-Psychology; University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MA-Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology; Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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Julia Salinas, Social Worker, LSW

Email: Julia.Salinas@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-424-0883

Social Work Philosophy

My role as a Social Worker is to advocate for individuals, insure that their basic needs are met, and connect them to community resources, ultimately empowering them to flourish in life. I will accomplish this by working closely with each person to identify his/her needs, by providing guidance throughout the process, and by collaborating with internal and external partners. As a Social Worker, I have the unique opportunity to work with people holistically, treating the person as a whole and considering all social aspects of the person’s life. Throughout our work together, I hope individuals can identify their strengths and potential to live a successful life. My goal is to provide a supportive, trustworthy, and culturally sensitive environment where people from all walks of life can be heard and feel welcomed.

Education

Augsburg University, BSW- Social Work, Licensed Social Worker

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Elton Dahn, Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Title IX Coordinator

Email: elton.dahn@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-488-0229

Student Mediation Philosophy

In all of my roles, I seek to be flexible with students, staff, and faculty to create a positive and welcoming environment, and I strive to approach situations with empathy, concern, and fairness. I strive to provide understanding and openness to all cultures and experiences.

Education

North Hennepin Community College, AS - Criminal Justice; Metropolitan State University, BS – Criminal Justice