Samantha Schendzielos, Counselor, MS

Email: samantha.schendzielos@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-424-0798

Counseling Philosophy

Counseling is a journey of self-exploration by the student, meant to increase his/her level of self-understanding and self-awareness. As a counselor I act as the guide or facilitator of this journey to help enable change. I do not act as the expert on the student's life. My goal is to create a safe place in which students can explore what is getting in the way of their success and/or happiness. I approach each student with respect, authenticity, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard.

Education

St Cloud State University, BS-Business; St Cloud State University, MS- College Counseling & Student Development

Johanna Gangl, Counselor, MA, LPC

Email: johanna.gangl@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-488-0409

Counseling Philosophy

I consider counseling to be a rare, invaluable opportunity. It is a space designed for building self-awareness by exploring values, feelings, behavior patterns, and thoughts without judgement, typical relationship expectations, or trust violations.  I identify myself as a trauma-informed, strengths-based practitioner. I partner with my clients to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals by providing empathy, psycho-education, and guidance. Throughout our lives, we are presented with the idea that success means not needing anyone, but I believe wholeheartedly that growth begins with being seen, heard, and valued in moments of human connection.

Education

Randolph-Macon College, BA-Psychology; University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MA-Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology; Licensed Professional Counselor

Carley Saravia M.S., Counseling

Email: carley.saravia@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-424-0912

Counseling Philosophy

As a Counselor, I enjoy working with college students because it is such an exciting time of self-discovery, identity exploration and an opportunity to begin seeing yourself in new roles. I also know that this time can come with some significant challenges. Dealing with the many stressors that come your way is not something you have to do alone. It is my goal is to work with students holistically and to provide them with a comfortable, safe space in which to explore their feelings, thoughts and behaviors. I hope that our work together will empower them to identify the answers to achieve their own self defined goals.

Education

Normandale Community College, Associate of Arts; University of Minnesota, B.A. English; Northern Arizona Graduate Certification, Education; University of Wisconsin River Falls, M.S. Counseling

Julia Salinas, Social Worker, LSW

Email: Julia.Salinas@nhcc.edu
Phone: 763-424-0883

Social Work Philosophy

My role as a Social Worker is to advocate for individuals, insure that their basic needs are met, and connect them to community resources, ultimately empowering them to flourish in life. I will accomplish this by working closely with each person to identify his/her needs, by providing guidance throughout the process, and by collaborating with internal and external partners. As a Social Worker, I have the unique opportunity to work with people holistically, treating the person as a whole and considering all social aspects of the person’s life. Throughout our work together, I hope individuals can identify their strengths and potential to live a successful life. My goal is to provide a supportive, trustworthy, and culturally sensitive environment where people from all walks of life can be heard and feel welcomed.

Education

Augsburg University, BSW- Social Work, Licensed Social Worker