Our Therapists

Jaci Pekarek

Jaci specializes in the treatment of complex trauma disorders. She has a special interest in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Oriented Psychotherapy, grief & loss, emotional management, and attachment/relationship issues. Jaci believes in holistic healing and compassionate healthcare to foster a transformation for true healing and well-being.

Melissa Rohrig

Melissa's focus is to create a holistic dynamic to empower a healthy mind and body.She has experience working with clients of all ages, including college students, couples, and families.Melissa uses cognitive behavioral therapy, strength based and person centered approaches.She partners with clients, helping them create positive changes, and connect with their authentic self.

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Dr. Alice Mitwaruciu

Dr. Alice Mitwaruciu believes in individuals’ ability to change and improve their lives using “Strength-Based” and “Resiliency Bolstering” approaches by working with the talent/interests of clients to assist them to problem solve, regulate emotions/behaviors, and lead healthy balanced lives. Dr. Alice conducts evaluations to determine accurate diagnosis and provides treatment recommendations. She also conducts court ordered evaluations and substance use evaluations.

Dr. Alan Levinson

Dr. Alan Levinson has been practicing as a clinical psychologist for more than 20 years. His specialties include individual, group, and couples therapy for adults, along with complete assessments and diagnoses of more complex issues. He prefers to use a cognitive, client-centered approach to help clients recognize obstacles in their lives and work to overcome them by collaboratively setting achievable short and long term goals.

Mary SimBarcelos

Mary has extensive experience in the human service field, both in residential and outpatient treatment, and studied a variety of healing methods from many cultures around the world while working at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. She uses these experiences in her therapy and workshops, including mindfulness, meditation, music, and expressive arts. Mary specializes in trauma, addiction, and dis-associative disorders, and women. She is down-to-earth and creates a safe space for her clients to heal holistically through humor and gently normalizing mental health as part of being human.

Gerry Merck

Gerry provides group and individual therapy to adults, adolescents, seniors, foster/adoptive parents, and the LGBTQ+ community. She specializes in mood disorders, and works with trauma and abuse, parenting, and addictions. She is a trainer for NSPRC in Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk, and offers critical incident stress debriefing. Gerry is available for community presentations on depression, anxiety, stress management, and Mindfulness Training.

Jeanne Johnson

Jeanne has been providing psychotherapy service for children, adolescents, and adults since 1979. She offers services for individual, marital, and family issues in the areas of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, PTSD, grief and loss, women’s issues, and geriatric. Jeanne’s approach to treatment is eclectic to meet the needs of the individual case. Her goal is to help clients to live safe, healthy, and productive lives.

Kendra Johnson

Kendra has experience working with families and individuals with a wide range of mental health concerns and challenges including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and life changes. She is passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community and strives to provide a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space here at Monarch. Kendra is licensed as an Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Professional Counselor.

Kira Peterson

Kira has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is certified in multi-systemic therapy, which is useful in working with behavioral issues with adolescents and families. Kira believes in empowering both the body and the mind through cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based and person centered approaches. Kira strives to make her clients feel comfortable and welcomed in a supportive and judgement-free environment.

Kiki Haakenstad

Kiki's specialties include behavioral disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, internet addiction, and Christian Counseling.She works with clients from the ages of 10-99 years old, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviors.Kiki is intentional in approach and has a holistic philosophy.

Camille Sass

Camille is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and National Certified Counselor . She uses the latest research, TF-CBT, Sand Tray therapy, play therapy, EMDR, and Person-centered counseling to help people heal from all levels of trauma. Additionally, Camille really enjoys helping people improve self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. She works best with kids ages six or older, teens, and adults.

Dezirae (Dezi) McEvoy

Dezi takes a holistic health approach, focusing on treating and supporting the person as a whole. All facets of life are examined including mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual to help determine the best plan for healing. She strives to create a safe environment that is welcoming to all and goes beyond focusing on an illness and eliminating symptoms, but rather creates a positive approach to life.

Dina Critel-Rathje
Online Sessions Only

Dina is a licensed independent mental health practitioner, marriage and family therapist, with 25 years experience. She desires for clients to feel safe, respected and heard. Dina provides individual, couple and family therapy, addressing relationships, forgiveness, grief, chronic pain and illness, adoption, attachment, depression, trauma ,anxiety, CISD, crisis counseling. She practices solution focused and trauma informed care.

Ingrid DeVries
Online Sessions Only

Ingrid provides therapy to adult clients, specializing in co-occuring disorders, substance use, trauma, relationship issues, and stress management. She has worked in substance use and mental health for more than eleven years and enjoys working with culturally diverse clients. Ingrid has a strength-based and personalized approach to each of her client’s needs, helping them to explore their potential and has additional training in motivation therapy, cognitive-behavoral, trauma informed care. Fluent in spanish and portugese.