We are a multi-disciplinary group of experienced clinicians providing quality mental health services to the community since 1984. We have joined together to combine our areas of expertise in a caring and supportive environment.
Our staff is skilled in a wide variety of treatment methods focusing on the individual, couple, or family with a view that encompasses the whole: mind, body, emotions, behavior and spirit. We share a common enthusiasm as change agents who assist clients in their work to restore functioning, health and well-being. Our staff includes:
- Licensed Psychologists
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
- Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Maplewood Psychology has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Psychologists in Minnesota.
THOMAS E. KELLY, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Clinic Director (he/him)
Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with 37 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults. Over the course of his career, from training to practice, his developmental path as a Clinical Psychologist has evolved in some very distinct and unique directions – sometimes divergent, sometimes related, always connected. Likewise, the paths of the individuals he has had the privilege to serve, have evolved in some very distinct and unique directions.
In addition to a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Kelly also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Studies and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago. Doctoral clinical internship training was at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center in New York. Dr. Kelly has worked in a variety of mental health settings and levels of care including residential treatment for adolescents, and both inpatient and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. He has worked in a variety of unique classroom settings for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Training for more than a decade at both the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago provided an important early training foundation.
Dr. Kelly began his professional work in psychology as a Milieu Counselor for children with severe emotional disturbances and children on the autism spectrum. He has worked with this population in a variety of roles since 1986. Over the years, training and treatment expanded in a variety of niche areas including Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) notably for child survivors of sexual abuse, as well as adolescent and adult problematic sexual behaviors. He also directs an inpatient sex-specific treatment program in Forensic Psychology in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
Dr. Kelly has extensive experience working with parents, teachers, school settings, and probation officers for juveniles and adults. His early training and work in a psychoanalytically oriented psychodynamic milieu provided a lens through which he currently practices cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented psychotherapy approaches to helping individuals make positive life changes. A more recent focus of interest has been helping older adults navigate stage of life stressors and developmental changes over time.
Dr. Kelly also performs Psychological and Psychosexual Testing Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults.
SHARLA BURTH, M.A. LMFT (she/her)
Sharla is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who enjoys working with youth, adults, and all types of family systems to improve communication, reduce mental health symptoms, and to cope with various life challenges so you can be the best YOU. Sharla is experienced in helping clients work through issues related to grief and loss, self-esteem, sexual health for youth, postpartum mental health, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, and developmental disabilities.
Sharla works from a person-centered, strength-based, non-judgmental framework and believes that every person is the expert in their own life. Through holding hope, encouraging expression, building a sense of belonging, and allowing people to make informed decisions for themselves, Sharla believes we can authentically and unapologetically be who we are, and she will help clients make steps towards positive change.
Sharla recently worked at a culturally specific agency for Native American chronically unhoused youth, providing youth and family therapy, and supervising the children’s mental health unit and the suicide prevention program. Prior to that, she worked as a children’s mental health case manager at a day treatment and habilitation center for adults with developmental disabilities.
Sharla graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University.
JEAN EICH, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist (she/her)
Dr. Eich is a Licensed Psychologist who works with individuals aged 10 and older. She is experienced helping people with a wide variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, anger, post-traumatic stress, work problems, fears in social situations, grief and loss, relationship problems, body image issues, difficulty coping with stress, LGBTQ+ issues, personality disorders, and safety concerns.
She has experience working in hospitals, schools, private practice and community mental health settings. Dr. Eich believes growth and change begin when her clients feel safe and know they have a therapist they can trust. Dr. Eich is genuine and brings her full attention, insights, and self to sessions. She listens actively and is non-judgmental. In their work together, Dr. Eich’s clients say they feel unconditionally accepted while also feeling challenged to grow.
Dr. Eich has an expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and helps individuals learn DBT skills to improve emotions, manage stress, better relationships and increase self-awareness. She has provided DBT services for the better part of a decade and has developed, facilitated, and coordinated DBT programming for adolescents and parents. Dr. Eich is the author of Dialectical Therapy Skills Training with Adolescents: A Practical Workbook for Therapists, Teens and Parents.
She has a special interest in maternal mental health and enjoys working with women on improving mental health during pregnancy and motherhood. Dr. Eich can help women cope with depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. She can also help women and their partners cope with pregnancy and infant loss. Dr. Eich will collaborate with physicians to ensure holistic care, and she welcomes mothers who bring their baby to session.
Dr. Eich’s therapeutic approach incorporates mindfulness, and person-centered and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She helps clients to validate and accept themselves, and to identify and change thoughts and behaviors that contribute to mental health concerns. She believes in a collaborative approach and works with her clients to build on their strengths and achieve their goals.
CHRISTINE JOHNSON, LPCC, LADC (she/her)
Christine is a independently licensed clinician at Maplewood Psychology who enjoys working with children over 8, adolescents, and adults. She also works in a residential substance use facility and has a passion for working with co-occurring disorders. Christine also has experience in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment disorders, and life transitions. Her work utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques and emphasizes client autonomy and person-centered care. Her therapeutic style is rooted in compassion and empathic listening, while also using humor and play to provide relief while navigating challenges.
Christine attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in chemistry. She then attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for graduate school, earning a Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health. She is licensed as an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).
While she is not working, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing in a chamber choir, traveling, and working on jigsaw puzzles. She loves animals and always invites clients to share photos of their pets!
KRISTEN KOBINSKY, M.S. Clinical Trainee (she/her)
Kristen is a Clinical Trainee at Maplewood Psychology who enjoys working with adolescents and adults of all ages. She believes that everyone deserves a space where they feel heard and understood. Her therapy comes from a person-centered place of genuine empathy and acceptance. She believes that between using one’s strengths and learning new coping skills, everyone has the ability to achieve emotional growth. She has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, trauma work and motivational interviewing. Some of the issues she has helped people work on include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, interpersonal relationships, and stress management.
Kristen obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Arizona, with a minor in Spanish. She attended graduate school at the University of Kansas, where she obtained a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Previously, she has done therapy work at a women’s prison and residential facilities for substance abuse. She is currently working toward her LPCC licensure.
Some of Kristen’s self-care activities include: gardening, playing sports, dancing, watching something funny, spending time with family and friends and meditating.
JO McBRIDE, M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (she/her)
Jo McBride works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families that are dealing with issues like depression, anxiety, anger, work problems, life transitions, and problems in relationships.
She fundamentally uses strength building and mental health education to support positive changes. From the beginning, she builds a sincere trust with her clients and provides a customized plan to restore the health and wellness of that person and their relationships. In couples therapy, she focuses on understanding the dynamics between the couple, and then she helps them make changes to enhance their relationship. Using cognitive-behavioral therapy, Jo helps clients build a deeper understanding of themselves and become empowered in their relationships.
Jo also has extensive experience facilitating adult and adolescent groups in a partial hospitalization program, where she provided group therapy and mental health education. Using evidence-based techniques, Jo guides clients through mindful self-awareness, acceptance, and emotional management. She also has experience treating children for mental health and behavior concerns. Jo believes collaboration with the child’s parent or guardian, school, and other services is key to their success.
Jo McBride is a Clinical Affiliate with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. She has also served as a site supervisor for post-graduates seeking a therapy licensure.
FELICIA PALMER, M.S. Clinical Trainee (she/her)
Felicia is a Clinical Trainee at Maplewood Psychology who enjoys working with adolescents and adults of all ages.
She is experienced with individual, family, and group therapy. Settings where she has worked include intensive outpatient hospital, residential facilities addressing dual diagnosis/substance abuse, private clinics, and schools. Therapy methods she uses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT); and Art, Play, and Dance Therapy.
Felicia believes that building a trusting therapy relationship is key for client success inside and outside of the therapy room. She is passionate about normalizing and destigmatizing mental health care and providing quality mental health care for all.
Felicia has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, as well as a Master of Science degree in Psychology. She is currently working toward her LPCC licensure. In her free time, Felicia enjoys dancing, spending time with her family, exercising, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
THOMAS M. SKOVHOLT, Ph.D., ABPP Licensed Psychologist (he/him)
Dr. Skovholt works to develop positive connections with the client to work together to get at the problem and find a solution. The goal is to reduce difficult feelings such as depression, anxiety, or anger, and add some happiness and excitement about life.
Doing therapy and counseling for many years gives Dr. Skovholt an optimism about the power of the therapy and counseling process, as well as an ease that comes only with lots of professional experience. He has worked with many individuals and couples, age 18 and up into the senior years.
Through the process of working his therapy and counseling practice; through teaching it to University of Minnesota students; and through presenting workshops to practitioners in the helping, health, and education professions, Dr. Skovholt has gained and developed much information to address client concerns. His own life experience covers many years and helps him understand challenges at different life stages. Living and working as a teacher of counseling in different countries (Turkey, Norway, Singapore) has helped him understand many concerns of minority and international individuals.
In therapy and counseling, Dr. Skovholt enjoys exploring a variety of general issues, as well as focusing on some specific areas. These include burnout and resilience, the work-life balance, career concerns, managing success, intimate and close relationships, reacting to loss and disappointment, and working with men who find it unnatural to open up about one’s problems.
Off work, Dr. Skovholt has a lot of fun spending time with family and friends, biking and cross-country skiing, enjoying the Gunflint Trail and Lake Superior, watching sports, going to movies, and more.
NICOLE YOUNG, MA, LPCC, (she/her)
Nicole Young is a licensed professional clinical counselor with 17 years experience working with kids, teens, adults and couples. Her approach is collaborative and supportive, using a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, along with trauma-informed therapy practices. Nicole’s hope is that those she works with will feel heard and understood as they work to make the changes they want to see in their life.
Nicole obtained her B.A. in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota, and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University.