Adaire Lassonde, SSND
Program Specialist, Intake Specialist, and Mnsure Navigator
Education: Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Mediator with certified training.
Experience: Pastoral Minister in parishes for 11 years, working with issues of separated and divorced persons. Coordinator of Services for Separated and Divorced of Catholic Charities since 1986.
“Both as the Intake Specialist and as a Program Specialist focusing on separated and divorced persons, the most rewarding parts of my work are being a non-judgmental, compassionate ear to those whose pain is hard for them to describe, and being able to offer supportive and educational services to them.”
Clinical Counselor and Supervisor
Education: BA Psychology Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY; MSW Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA
Licensure: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Experience: Continued education in many areas, with a main focus on developing a holistic approach to mental health; certification in teaching the Couples Communication Program, and in supervision. 40 years of experience doing individual, couple, family and group counseling
Location: Seton Services, 1276 University Avenue, St. Paul
“It has been a gift to work with clients who allow me to share some of their most difficult struggles and painful memories as they move forward in learning to recognize their own goodness and to create some happiness in their lives. I have always valued Catholic Charities’ policy in making space for clients who have little or no money – that they are just as deserving of excellent clinical work as folks with more financial resources. It is a joy to work with such a creative, bright, supportive team. I love this group!
Some of my activities and interests: Long-term mindfulness practitioner and several years teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing; graduated from 2-year training program of the Gestalt Institute of the Twin Cities; volunteer counselor at Walk-In Counseling Center for 18 years; student of the Enneagram; trained yoga teacher; former teacher of Family to Family and Hope for Recovery through NAMI-Minnesota.
My background in mindfulness and in Gestalt psychology leads to the understanding that change is facilitated by awareness, and awareness arises when we are willing and able to be present with our thoughts and feelings, in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity. The counseling relationship, based in deep presence and listening, can be a safe and supportive place for processing the past, understanding the present and for clarifying what is important to us and the steps we need to take to move in the direction of our values, needs and aspirations. It is always a great privilege for me to accompany clients on their unfolding journeys.
Education: BA in Theology/Spirituality with a minor in Spanish from University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. Education License for High School Teaching through St. Mary College, South Bend, IN. Philosophy Studies through Continuing Education Program at the University of Minnesota. Masters in Social Work from Boston College, Massachusettes
Licensure: Licensed in Indiana and Minnesota to teach at the high school level; LICSW through the State of Minnesota as of 1998 Advanced Training: 2-year Fellowship in Psychodynamic/Analytic Work at Hamm Clinic, St. Paul, MN
Clinical Experience: Internships at the Children’s Home Society in Boston and the Modern Employee Assistance Program; Social work position at Regions Hospital directing a depression group and doing discharge planning; Spanish counseling services at CLUES for individual, couples and families; Fellow for two years and staff person for 13 years at Hamm Clinic providing psychotherapy predominantly in Spanish for individuals, couples and families. Provided translation services for psychiatric staff.
“I work for Catholic Charities because I prefer to work for an agency where all Spanish-speaking immigrants can be received; and I enjoy the spiritual component of Catholic Charities, which resonates with my Mexican Catholic culture. The most rewarding part of my job is alleviating human suffering and activating human potential.
I have been a volunteer with Counseling Services since completing my clinical internship here in 2011. I have taken additional training in group therapy and sat in on a group for a year before starting my own group.
“It’s an honor to work with clients who are making changes in their lives, and to be allowed to accompany them on their journey. It has been especially rewarding working in the housing sites where the journey has included homelessness. Volunteering at Catholic Charities has also allowed me to consult with and learn from some great experienced clinicians, helping me to improve my own practice.”
Nate Rauschendorfer MSW, LICSW
Education: B.S., Major: Family Social Science, University of MN, Minneapolis, MN MSW: Clinical Social Work, University of St. Thomas & College of Saint Catherine Licensure: LICSW, MN Board Of Social Work
Areas of Focus: Anxiety, Depression, Communication, Mental Health, Crisis Intervention, Suicidality, Spirituality, Anger, Grief & Loss, Relationship, Holistic Health, Life Transitions, Parenting, Family, Clinical Supervision, Mindfulness, Stress Management
Populations Served: Families, Couples, Blended Families, Adolescents, Parents, Teen Parents, Migrants & Refugees, Men’s Therapy Group
Experience: 16 years at Catholic Charities, 10 years post-masters experience, providing clinical & general social work services to adults, couples, families, and the community
Locations: Catholic Charities, Seton Services Building, 1276 University Ave., W. St. Paul and the Church of St. Timothy, Parish Office Building, 707 89th Ave NE, Blaine
Education: BA in Child Psychology, U of MN; MS in Community Nutrition, U of MN; MA in Counseling Psychology, University of St Thomas
Licensure: Registered Dietitian; Master’s Level Licensed Psychologist
Advanced training: Motivational Interviewing; Certified in EMDR
Clinical experience: 25 years in counseling; 30 years in nutrition counseling
“My initial career was in clinical nutrition. While I enjoyed working with people to be healthier physically, counseling psychology is about helping the whole person to be healthier- emotionally, mentally and physically. Helping individuals process the parts of their past that affect their ability to be happy and be who they are, and to help them find their motivation to change, is what I enjoy. We all struggle and need help/resources to enable us to be at our best. I appreciate the mission of Catholic Charities and feel grateful to work here.”
Clinical Volunteer/Family Worker at Northside Child Development Center
Education: BS: Social Work and Ethnic Studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato, MSW: University of Minnesota
Licensures: LGSW MN Board of Social Work Clinical Experience: Individual Counseling, Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS), Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health (ARMHS), Child and Family work
“I am deeply honored by the opportunities I have to walk through difficult times with individuals and families. Stress, trauma, mental health concerns, loss, and change can affect our physical and emotional health, our relationships and our families. I offer support, listen, and work with folks to find solutions or come to a greater place of peace.”
“I feel privileged to work with clients that share their personal stories with me. Through a collaborative approach I assist clients in discovering their personal and relational strengths. I believe one of the keys to success in personal relationships is discovering and understanding what others are experiencing. At the same time, when we embrace who we are, we are better able to respect, value, and love others to our potential. I work with individuals, couples and families and have engaged with clients in a variety of clinical settings since 2007. I am certified in Prepare & Enrich and trained in EMDR.”
BSW University of Wisconsin, Madison 1984 (with Honors)
Master of Divinity Harvard University, the Divinity School 1987
Certificate in Missiology Mexican American College, San Antonio 1987
Doctor of Ministry Aquinas Institute of Theology (Associated with Saint Louis University) 2002
MSW University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University 2009
Deb enjoys and feels privileged to accompany people who have survived trauma on their journeys to healing and integration. Her background is in Clinical Social Work and theology, and she has enjoyed learning from and working with Spanish speaking people from many countries in Latin America for more than 30 years. Currently she has her practice at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in South Minneapolis.