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There is no health without mental health - and it begins within family
Louisa, Executive Director, Community Mental Health Programs
Our Approach to Therapy

Getting therapy early can prevent more intense issues in the future, so we’re here to support you where you are when you need it. Our team of licensed therapists at Nexus-FACTS (Family, Adolescents, and Children's Therapy Services) is specially trained in trauma and stress, and we’re committed to helping families stay together, heal, grow, and move forward. We’re here to support the child and the family.

Learn more about Nexus therapy.

Our Therapy Programs

Telehealth or In-Person Outpatient Mental Health Therapy

Birth to Adult

Our clinicians support clients of all ages through in-person and telehealth video therapy. This includes individual, couple, relationship, and family therapy. We provide guidance, support, skill-building, and healing around many common issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Parenting issues
  • Partner/marital conflict

Our team is committed to bringing positive change and is trained in many specialty and evidence-based practices, including:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Trauma Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
  • Family Therapy
  • And more

Collaborate Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS)

(Ages 8-17)

Research shows that a child is best treated with their family, in their home. Our Collaborate Intensive Bridging Services are based on this approach. The treatment model involves a combination of intensive in-home therapy and a brief placement in an intensive residential treatment center, and it’s designed to help kids who struggle with:

  • Aggression/fighting
  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Truancy
  • Acting out in-home or school
  • Theft
  • And more

Our program is designed to help:

  • Stabilize the child’s behavior so they can live at home and access community-based services.
  • Equip parents to support their child and the rest of the family.
  • Improve the family’s ability to manage a crisis.
  • Streamline services and minimize the confusion of having multiple service providers across differing stages of treatment.

Families in this program experience a three-part approach, over the course of six to nine months:

  1. First, we provide therapy to the child and family in their home or another community setting to help prepare them for residential treatment.

  2. While the child is in a residential treatment placement (usually for 30–45 days), we provide in-home therapy to support and equip the family.

  3. And finally, after the child returns home, we continue to provide in-home therapy to the child and family, to support a smooth transition and ongoing success.

Parents who choose to participate must be willing to stay involved with their child’s treatment program—and with their own therapy as well. This includes engaging with their child during their residential treatment (calls, home visits, therapy sessions, etc.) and participating in in-home therapy before, during, and after the stay.

Early Childhood Therapy

(Ages 0-5)

When a child is hurting or acting out, the whole family is affected. We know young children need special care and attention to overcome the challenges they are having, and we’re here to help. We specialize in supporting small children who struggle with emotional and behavioral disturbances caused by mental health disorders, neurological vulnerabilities, and traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, exposure to drugs or alcohol, disrupted attachments to adults, and significant changes in the family.

These issues can sometimes cause:

  • Defiant behavior
  • Aggressive tantrums/anger management
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • School issues
  • Emotional regulation

To address these issues, young children attend our program for three hours a day, four days a week. We focus on helping them form trusting, secure attachments to their parents or primary caregivers, which is crucial to their development.

In addition, we help them develop adaptive coping, problem-solving, and social skills so that they can regulate their emotions and better control their behavior.

Families have a strong involvement in our program and receive support and guidance to help them transfer these positive coping skills to the home.

This program includes a range of services and treatments, including:

  • Individual and family therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Training for parents, child care providers, and schools
  • Support and consultations at daycare centers and schools
  • Coordination with other providers
  • PASS Day Treatment (see below)

Preschoolers Achieving School Success (PASS) Day Treatment

(Ages 3-5)

When small children need extra support, we’re here to help. Our PASS Day Treatment program provides consistent, ongoing care, every Monday through Thursday from 8:30–11:30 a.m., for young kids who are struggling with:

  • Following directions
  • Throwing temper tantrums
  • Calming down
  • Talking back
  • Fear
  • And/or general unhappiness

Our team of mental health professionals are uniquely trained to help young children gain skills that can help them better manage their behavior. We create an individualized plan for each child, to address their unique needs and strengths.

Transportation is provided for children who are eligible for the program.

Intensive Home-Based Services

(Ages 0 to 17)

When needed, we provide intensive, in-home, family-focused services for kids ages 8 to 17 who have significant emotional and behavioral problems. Our treatment approach is called Systemic Family Therapy (SFT), which helps address:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Delinquency
  • And more

We also provide intensive treatment for children ages 0 to 17 who are in foster care. We work with the children as well as their foster parents and birth/adoptive families.

 

Psychological Testing

(Ages 6 to 20)

Nexus-FACTS is now providing comprehensive and individualized psychological testing to youth ages 6-18 and young adults ages 18-20. The testing includes a wide variety of psychological assessments, such as diagnostic evaluations, ADHD assessments, personality, and cognitive evaluations.

Psychological tests and other assessment tools are designed to measure and observe a client's behavior to arrive at a diagnosis and guide treatment. This process also provides information to the individual, family members, teachers, doctors, social workers, mental health professionals, and other care team members, to support and help that individual improve their functioning.

Psychological testing might be recommended to you if you or your child are having problems at work or school, or in personal relationships.

The first meeting is an intake session that lasts one hour. During this session, the provider gathers information, determines the type of assessment needed, and addresses any questions or concerns the client may present. Psychological testing occurs during the second appointment. This may vary for each client based on tests administered but typically ranges from 2-4 hours. The final session that occurs a few weeks after the second appointment is when the provider reviews findings and report with the client.

Our services can address issues arising from complex trauma as well. EMDR and TI-CBT are also available.

Our Therapists

Louisa D'Altilia

Louisa D'Altilia, MSW, LSW

Executive Director of Community Mental Health Services - Nexus-FACTS Family Healing
Maya Brown

Maya Brown

SFT Therapist / Mental Health Practitioner II
Dr. Joan Chemarum, PsyD

Dr. Joan Chemarum, PsyD

Mental Health Therapist
Tess Gonyer

Tess Gonyer

Mental Health Practitioner II - Early Childhood
Mikah Holloway

Mikah Holloway

Intern
Julie Jackson, LPCC

Julie Jackson, LPCC

Licensed Professional Therapist / Mental Health Practitioner I
Colleen Kelly, LAMFT

Colleen Kelly, LAMFT

Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist / Mental Health Practitioner II
Valerie Klingberg, LGSW

Valerie Klingberg, LGSW

Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist / Mental Health Practitioner II
Lisa Mendoza

Lisa Mendoza

Mental Health Practitioner II
Max Meketarian, MA

Max Meketarian, MA

In-home Therapist / Mental Health Practitioner II
Youa Moua

Youa Moua

Mental Health Practitioner II
Sue Murr

Sue Murr

Clinical Supervisor
Pat Rogers

Pat Rogers

Clinical Supervisor
Shoshana Rosenthal, MA

Shoshana Rosenthal, MA

Mental Health Practitioner II
Rachel Schwake

Rachel Schwake

Mental Health Practitioner I
Luke Spiegelhoff, LICSW

Luke Spiegelhoff, LICSW

Clinical Director

Scheduling and Fees

Scheduling

For outpatient therapy, sessions may be scheduled in various time increments based on need or preference. A 24-hour notice for cancellations is requested.
For community-based therapy, as referred by county social services or corrections, please discuss scheduling with your therapist and your county worker.

Fees

For outpatient therapy, please call 651-379-9800 to discuss the rates for our services. Sessions are billed by the therapeutic hour (50 minutes).
Payment or co-pays (depending on your insurance coverage) are due at the time of service. Cash, personal checks, and Visa/MasterCard/Discover are accepted. Other payment methods accepted: Insurance and Employee Assistance Programs.

Charges for out-of-office work, travel time, and telephone consultation will be billed to you at the next session and payment will be required at that time. Routine calls fewer than 10 minutes and time spent scheduling appointments will not be billed to you. For community-based therapy, as referred by county social services or corrections, please discuss fees and payments with your therapist and your county worker.

Nexus-FACTS Family Healing

1385 Mendota Heights Rd. Ste: 200
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
651-379-9800
Fax: 651-405-0358
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Admissions Information
Lesley Zelaya - lzelaya@nexusfacts.org
651-379-9800

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