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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 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 you and your family.

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Our Treatment Specialties

Individual Therapy

We provide outpatient therapy to children, youth, and adults in the communities of Austin and Albert Lea, Minnesota. Gerard Community Mental Health Services was founded in March 2015, in response to the ever-growing mental-health needs in the area. Originally, we began working with kids in the Austin Public School District but we quickly began serving adults as well. We also provide specialized therapeutic services for children as young as two.

Family and Couple Therapy

We provide therapy for family groups—usually children together with their parents or caregivers—in addition to therapy for couples. A healthy family system depends on positive communication skills and emotional regulation. We help families build a foundation where each member feels supported, valued, heard, and loved. This is a critical first step to emotional growth and stability. From there, we help them build healthier relationships and a stronger family unit that can improve their current life and generations to come.

Assessments and Testing

Our team provides diagnostic assessments and psychological testing and evaluations, as needed, including specialized diagnostic assessments for children as young as two. Our psychological testing is individually tailored based on age, needs, and intellectual ability and may include personality, cognitive, and/or adaptive functioning components.

Trauma-Focused Therapies (TF-CBT & EMDR)

For patients who are struggling to recover from traumatic events and memories, we use evidence-based therapies that can relieve ongoing distress. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a process that uses narrative, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help people process through traumatic events. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another form of psychotherapy that helps people process traumatic memories that are negatively impacting their mental health and their ability to be present.

Our Therapists

Alisha Gallagher


Alisha is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor license (LPCC) with 5 years of experience providing mental health services for children and teenagers. Alisha graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2015 with her B.A. in Psychology and received her M.A. in Psychological and Counseling Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

At Nexus-Gerard Family Healing, Alisha works with adolescent females in our Outpatient/ Community Mental Health program, supporting a variety of depressive disorders, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, trauma, and personality disorders. Alisha has provided in-home services occasionally, as well as individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy for clients 14-18. Her main areas of focus are trauma, attachment issues, depression, and anxiety.

Dr. Lindsey Lilly

Licensed Psychologist

Lindsey graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Walden University in August of 2019. Her dissertation research was: “Examining the Relation of Psychological Distress to Shift Work in Firefighters”. Lindsey has worked as a master’s level counselor for the past eight years, focusing on adolescents with ADHD, ODD, and CD in day-to-day treatment facility. More recently, Lindsey has expanded her services to individuals of all ages and diagnoses. She provides individual and family therapy but her main focus is psychological assessments, including intellectual, personality, adaptive, social/emotional, and trauma.

Cynthia Momsen

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Cynthia has 13 years of experience in the mental health field. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1983 and from Winona State University with a M.S. in Community Counseling in 2007. She has worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology/Psychiatry providing individual, group, and family therapy, psycho-education, and diagnostic assessments in two intensive outpatient programs focused on depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, and co-facilitating an outpatient depression group for teens and their parents. She is trained in TF-CBT and EMDR and has provided therapeutic services to children and adults across the life span, with clients from six to 98 years old.

At Nexus-Gerard Family Healing, Cynthia works with the our Outpatient/ Community Mental Health services, supporting children, adolescents and adults with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Her focus is working with clients with anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, and attachment issues.

Ashley Schoonover

Licensed Generalist Social Worker (LGSW)

Ashley is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Ashley graduated with a B.S. in Social Work from Saint Catherine University in 2016 and an M.S. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Saint Thomas in 2019. Ashley is also trained in the therapeutic intervention of TF-CBT. Ashley has experience working with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and other mood disorders, and she’s provided individual and family therapy to clients aged six to 96. Her focus is on depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, loss, and anger.

Dr. Julie Peters

Licensed Psychologist (LP) and Outpatient Services Director

Julie has over 15 years of experience providing mental health services for children, adults, and families in residential and community settings. Julie graduated with her B.S. in applied psychology from Saint Cloud State University in 1998; she completed her M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services in 2004; and she received her doctor of psychology (PsyD) from the University of Saint Thomas in 2008. Julie has experience working in residential settings for children and adolescents struggling with mental health disorders, trauma, unhealthy sexual behaviors, and chemical dependency. She also has experience providing therapy and psychological testing and evaluations in hospital outpatient and community mental health settings for children, adolescents, and adults. She also provides clinical supervision to master’s and doctoral-level clinicians. Julie has been trained in TF-CBT and is an approved supervisor through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Julie has extensive experience in psychological testing and evaluations, as well as differential diagnoses of complex clinical cases. She has worked with a range of diagnoses, including anxiety disorders, depressive and other mood disorders, psychotic disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and attachment issues.

Matthew Talmadge

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Matthew has 10 years of experience providing mental health services for adults, children, and families. Matthew graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College (IL) in 2007, and from Bethel University in 2009 with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. He has experience working with non-verbal youth on the autism spectrum and youth with conduct disorder, reactive attachment disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, other mood disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He has been trained in trauma-focused therapies, including TF-CBT as well as EMDR. He has worked providing therapy services in a center-based autism program, he’s provided group, individual, and family therapy in a residential treatment setting with children 7-18 years of age, and he’s provided outpatient individual and family therapy services for clients aged 2-50. His focus is working with clients with anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, developmental, and attachment issues.

our locations


Nexus-Gerard Family Healing - Outpatient Services

Call: 507-434-4366
Fax: 507-433-7868


1111 28th St. NE, Austin, MN 55912
137 N Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007

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