Abound Counseling​

Abound Counseling brings quality, affordable behavioral health services to people in communities across North Dakota through a therapy network that matches experienced therapists with individuals and families who seek care.

Abound Counseling accepts most major insurances. Please inquire about your specific insurance compatibility upon scheduling. 


Telehealth services can be provided to any site in ND that can support a HIPAA compliant computer link provided by LSSND.

Thank you for your interest in Abound Counseling. You may call us at 701-223-1510 to request an appointment or use the forms located in the link below. We will reply to your request as quickly as possible.

Click here to complete the Client Identification forms

Honoring our Roots

Charley Joyce, Founder, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (retired)

Charley Joyce has transitioned into retirement from his practice at Abound Counseling after more than 40 years of helping children and families connect, heal and move forward.

Charley launched Abound Counseling in 2015 with the intention of establishing a network of providers, all trained in evidence-based treatment models and serving communities statewide that were traditionally underserved, such as the child-welfare system. The goal has always been to improve

access to high-quality mental health care to all.


Although Charley no longer takes clients, he continues to provide guidance and supervision to the providers in the Abound Counseling network. He also is available to give trainings and presentations, on topics such as child trauma and grief/loss in foster care, on behalf of Abound and LSSND.

Charley has co-authored a book, Behavior with a Purpose: Thoughtful Solutions to Common Problems of Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Youth, which has done much to build understanding between foster children and their caregivers. An updated second edition was released in the spring of 2020. 


We are so grateful to Charley for all he has done to strengthen families, enhance mental-health services in North Dakota and inspire and mentor others. We know Charley is especially looking forward to his new "job title" as husband, dad, grandpa and fisherman!

Our Providers



Deborah Schon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Deborah Schon has been in the social work field since 1990, starting at Charles Hall Youth Services as a social worker. She began working at New Horizons Adoptions in 1996. 

Deborah earned a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 2000, receiving her LICSW in 2003. She has worked at West Central Human Services in Bismarck since 2000, where she continues to work as an advanced clinical specialist. Deborah has experience treating depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, personality disorders, grief and family relationship issues, along with advanced training in treating trauma. She works with families, children and adults of all ages. 

Deborah is married and has two adult and two adolescent children. She loves animals, as attested by her two dogs, five cats and two horses.  On her days off you will find her outside hiking, biking, kayaking, riding horse or trying to find some new adventure to experience. 

Guy McCommon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Guy McCommon, MSW, LCSW, has been in the social work field since 1993. He received his bachelor of science degree in social work and social behavioral science from the University of Mary; he completed an accelerated master of social work program at New Mexico State University.

Over the last 15 years, Guy’s professional experience includes clinical therapeutic coordinator at the N.D. State Hospital; program director of the Eight Rivers Residential Program; mental health therapist at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Las Cruces, N.M; team leader for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Readjustment Counseling Services in Las Cruces; team leader for the Minot and Bismarck Vet Centers.

Guy served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-79. His service included two tours during the Vietnam War. He has done extensive work with combat veterans, their families and individuals who have been subjected to sexual trauma as well as many other mental health issues.

Guy is located in Bismarck and will begin with Abound Counseling on August 15, 2015. At this time he can only see pre-authorized VA referrals; other insurance companies are pending.

Katie Krueger, Licensed Master Social Worker

Katie has worked in the human services field since 2011. She grew up on a farm in rural North Dakota and later moved to Fargo where she attended NDSU and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Katie stayed in the Fargo area for 10 years, where she worked with children and families who had mental health or behavioral health needs.

Katie earned her Master of Social Work degree through the University of North Dakota in 2019. Katie continues to work with children, adolescents, families, and those involved in the foster care system. In addition, Katie has experience working with those involved in the Criminal Justice system. Katie is a certified Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP) group facilitator. She has also completed Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training and is in the process of completing a year long certification. Katie is especially passionate about bringing services to those living in rural areas and educating service providers and first responders on Secondary Trauma. She believes that people are the experts of their own lives and values the opportunity to walk with them during difficult times.

Katie currently lives in Bismarck North Dakota with her husband and their dog. She enjoys cooking & baking, snuggling her dog, camping in the summer, and reading a good book in the winter months.


Bismarck and Telehealth

Jennifer Ann Boeckel, Licensed Master Social Worker

Jennifer Ann Boeckel, Ph.D., LMSW, earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary, and her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Social Work from the University of North Dakota. After working at Minnesota and North Dakota PATH, Boeckel moved to Denver to complete her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Denver. Returning to Bismarck, Boeckel worked as a hospital social worker at St. Alexius Hospital, and resumed her research with Essentia Institute of Rural Health. Boeckel continues to work at EIRH and is an instructor for the Bachelor and Master of Social Work programs at Walden University. Throughout her social work career Boeckel has focused on children and families and looks forward to continuing this work with Abound Counseling.



Sara Knudson, Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker

Sara Knudson, LAPC, LBSW, earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the University of Mary in 2015.  She was a social worker at Charles Hall Youth Services working as a case manager for teens and adolescents within the home.  She then went on to complete her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Mary where she graduated in 2018.   Sara has worked as an Intensive In-Home Therapist at Lutheran Social Services in the Dickinson region for two years; where she mainly worked with adolescents, teenagers, and families.  She is currently working towards her highest level of licensure, LPCC, and has a goal to complete this by 2021. 

Sara has had education and additional training in Asist, Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, creative and expressive arts therapy, and play therapy.


In the summers you will find her at the lake where she enjoys boating, kayaking, swimming, and spending time with family.  During the winter months she is a “Pinterest-ing” fanatic where she will get ideas for new recipes, crafts, and places to travel!''


Bismarck, Dickinson 1x a week and telehealth



Chris Hertler, Ph.D., Licensed Pscyhologist

Dr. Chris Hertler has been a licensed psychologist in North Dakota since 1991. He has lived in Dickinson since 1987. Hertler practiced psychology at Badlands Human Service Center until his retirement from the Department of Human Services in September 2014. He started providing psychological consultation services to the Lutheran Social Services Family Counseling Program while still employed at Badlands. Hertler entered independent practice by forming Red Tail Psychology Services, PLLC in the summer of 2014. He works on contract with the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation to provide part-time psychological services at Circle of Life, an alcohol and drug treatment center in New Town. 

Hertler became an Abound provider in August 2015. He likes to provide services to people with a variety of difficulties, from every walk of life. He works with people in almost every age group. He sees his practice with Abound as an extension of his life-long vocation as a healer. 

Hertler provides confidential therapy services to individuals and families. His office is located at St. John's Lutheran Church, 146 6th Ave. W., in Dickinson. He sees people for appointments on Monday evenings at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00. 


Grand Forks

Jasmyne Ramirez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jasmyne graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2002 with a bachelor’s in Social Work and an emphasis in substance-related disorders. In 2010, she graduated from UND with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has extensive training in the area of trauma impacts and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Jasmyne says she is dedicated to providing services that are evidence-based, ethical and person-centered. For the past 16 years, she has worked with children, adults and families in several capacities including community-based, school-based, and virtual settings. Today, she primarily works with adolescents and adults in the areas of grief and trauma as well as on adjustment difficulties, symptom management and life stressors.

In addition to being part of Abound Counseling, she also practices as a tele-therapist in several other capacities. "It has been so exciting to be part of the ever-growing world of telehealth over the past three years of my career! I really appreciate the ability to serve clients who may be experiencing transportation or provider barriers, meet their goals from the comfort of their own home."

Grand Forks & telehealth

DeNae Haagenson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, ND & MN

DeNae Haagenson M.Ed, LPC, LPCC, NCC, is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Master's in Clinical/Mental Health Counseling. DeNae has been providing mental health services in Minnesota for the past seven years. She has extensive experience working with trauma, children and families, as well as providing mental-health services to children with chemical dependency. DeNae has spent the majority of her career providing services in schools, in the homes of her clients, as well as in the office. This past year she expanded her practice to include providing trauma-focused equine-assisted therapy. DeNae believes in animal-assisted therapy and often uses her own animals in her practice.


DeNae is excited to expand her practice in her hometown of Grand Forks, where she lives today with her husband, children and her two dogs.


Grand Forks and telehealth  



Becky Kopp-Dunham, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - ND & MN

Rebecca (Becky) Kopp Dunham received a bachelor's in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead and obtained her master's in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She is dual-licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).


As the wife of a Minnesota farmer, Becky has a special interest in identification and treatment of mental-health issues related to farm stress. Through Abound's Farm-to-Farm Therapy program, she provides in-person and telehealth services to farm families, and has been featured as an expert on the topic via platforms such as "News and Views with Joel Heitkamp" on KFGO Radio and the North Dakota State University Livestock Extension Ag Challenges Webinar Series.

Becky is certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) which is an evidence-based treatment for children, and also holds a certificate in permanency and adoption competency. 

Fargo, Farm to Farm Therapy, telehealth

Stephanie Mestery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker – ND & MN

Stephanie has been in the social work field since 2001 after graduating from Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She earned a master’s degree from University of North Dakota in 2011. She is licensed in both North Dakota and Minnesota. She has worked with all populations from birth to elderly in acute-care and home-care settings.

She is currently certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Infant Mental Health. She also holds a certificate in Permanency and Adoption Competency and is ASIST-trained in suicide prevention. She is currently completing her PCIT certification. 

Stephanie grew up in the Fargo-Moorhead community and has remained here ever since. She resides with her husband and four beautiful children. All of their children have joined the family through either domestic or international adoption from Africa. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, exercising and relaxing at the lake. Stephanie says she has a passion for the adopted child and helping those affected by trauma. "I am motivated in my practice to hear each individual’s story and walk their journey with them," she says.

Fargo and telehealth

Sara Stallman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Director

Sara Stallman has been providing mental health and early intervention services to children and their families for the last 12 years. She grew up in a small farming community and later attended Concordia College, Moorhead. She received her master’s in social work at Augsburg College.


Sara is a licensed clinical social worker in both Minnesota and North Dakota.

Sara works with children on issues related to anxiety, depression, and attention and behavioral difficulties. She recognizes that caregivers are vital to the treatment process. Sara sees each caregiver as “the true expert” of their child and works to make them integral to the healing process.  

Sara also specializes in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy to help children heal from significant stressors, losses and/or abuse. She is currently completing her national certification to be an adoption competent therapist, specializing in foster care and adoption issues. Working with caregivers and children who are part of the foster care system is a true passion for her.

Sara and her husband have three daughters and are licensed foster parents in Clay County.

Jasmine Ottmar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jasmine is a small-town, North Dakota-grown farm girl who has always aspired to work with children and families. She earned an undergraduate degree in social work from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2010. Jasmine went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in 2011.

Jasmine has experience working as a social worker with individuals and families in a variety of settings, which include intensive in-home therapy, a correctional facility and county social services as a foster care case manager. Jasmine has a profound understanding of the impact child abuse and/or neglect has on children and families. She is particularly concerned with the impact of trauma on children and adolescents and improving interventions to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical, behavioral and relationship health. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Jasmine values the belief that every human being has the potential to change and continue to learn throughout his or her life. She meets each individual where he or she is at, and seeks to guide the person toward a higher place. 

Jasmine loves spending time with family and helping on the family farm. She enjoys nature, working in her garden, reading, listening to and playing music, and working out at the gym.

Fargo and telehealth

Jeff Stine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jeff Stine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN. Jeff continued on to advance his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

Jeff is a retired Master Sergeant who spent 20 years with the Minnesota Army National Guard. In Jeff’s military career he has completed three overseas tours to include Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Kuwait. Jeff is well-versed in combat-related stress, trauma and reintegration. 

Jeff previously worked for Social Services as a Child Protection Worker. He has extensive experience in assessing families for safety and advocating for family’s needs. He believes that every child deserves to have a safe and loving environment to help them strive in life. Jeff offers solution-focused treatment to all ages, parenting skills and safety planning.

Jeff is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a suicide prevention model. His motto is, “Never quit on those who never quit on us!” To him this means, mental health does not just affect the individual suffering, it affects all those who care for and support the individual. By caring for yourself you are also caring for those who love you.

Jeff is a devoted husband and a proud parent of two wonderful boys. He has a passion for the outdoors which includes hunting, fishing, and camping. His greatest enjoyment in life is spending time with his amazing wife and children. 

Fargo and telehealth

Hannah Ritteman, Licensed Master Social Worker

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from North Dakota State University, and a Master of Social Work with a clinical focus from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Prior to joining Abound Counseling, I worked in various capacities in the child and family welfare field, and while receiving my education in Wisconsin, I provided outpatient mental health services to children, teens, and adults, as well as offered community support services to individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental health issues. At this time, I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art and play therapy, and Trauma Focused—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

I have experience and enjoy working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds and have a strong passion for social justice advocacy and the treatment of trauma. 

I'm an LGBTQIA+ ally and openly welcome immigrants and refugees, and I've committed myself to matters involving gender and sexual orientation/expression, race, ethnicity, and culture, and mental and physical wellness. 


My approach to therapy is to consider individuals the experts of their lives, and me as a guide. The human condition suggests that we all experience highs and lows in life (the lows often consisting of losses, traumas, and stressors), and it is my passion to help people understand and work through those experiences in order to bring forth healing. I would describe my therapy style as relaxed and accepting.


In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and cooking, and I prefer to be outside whenever I’m able. I collect antiques and am a lover of animals.

Valley City, Fargo and telehealth

Julie Larson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - ND & MN

I provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, and personality disorders.  I believe that helping is an honor and healing is a collaborative effort that requires honesty, caring, and personalized care without judgment.  


I have a special interest in trauma and am nationally certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), which is an evidence based treatment for children and adolescents.  I also have a special interest in the integration of client’s spirituality into the healing process.  


I grew up in Valley City, ND and graduated from Jamestown College (BA-Psychology and Criminal Justice) and Minnesota State University-Moorhead (BSW).  I later completed my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota.  I am married and have one daughter.  In my free time, I like to spend time at the lake with family and watch my daughter participate in sports. 

Valley City, Fargo

Jessica Deckert, Licensed Professional Counselor

I earned my Bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University, where I double-majored in Anthropology and Women/Gender Studies. I continued my education at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and earned my Master's degree in School Counseling. During graduate school, I co-presented on counseling and supporting LGBTQIA students. In Oklahoma, I was a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a certified teacher in the area of school counseling. I am an LPC in North Dakota and am working towards becoming an LPCC. 


As a school counselor, I served students in both elementary and middle school settings. I worked with PreK-3rd-grade students as the school counselor, enrichment and ELL building coordinators, and worked closely with the special education programs. I spent the majority of my school counseling career at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center, where I worked closely with the students who had emotionally disturbed special education needs. I also taught the district-wide anger management program. I worked with two mental health agencies in the Tulsa area as a Mental Health Therapist. I was on the Oklahoma School Counselor Association Board. I have experience as an adjunct psychology instructor at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.


My therapeutic approach is humanistic in nature, and I believe my clients are the expert on themselves. I

will frequently work with clients on developing mindfulness skills, which will ultimately help them put other newly learned social/emotional skills into practice. I have competency in areas of school-related problems, LGBTQIA, depression, anxiety, and career counseling. I am trained in ASIST, and I am a Triple P Positive Parenting Level 3 Primary Care Provider. 


In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time at the lake.



Fargo & telehealth

Hayley Jangula, Abound Intern

I moved to Fargo in 2011 to earn my bachelors degrees in a dual degree program at NDSU. I received my Bachelors in Human Development and Family Science through NDSU and my Bachelors in Social Work through Minot State University in 2015. I became a licensed social worker in ND in 2015. I worked at The Village Family Service Center as a case manager through Big Brothers Big Sisters for 2 years before moving to the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program at Lutheran Social Services where I have been for the past 2 years. I am currently earning my Masters in Social Work through University of Central Florida, which will be completed December 2020. I have training specific to Mental Health First Aid, Child Welfare Certified, trauma training, and crisis intervention training.


I have a passion working with children and families. I have gained experience working with children and families by being a licensed foster parent for the past 6 years as well as my professional career as a case manager.  I have an 18 year old foster daughter that has been placed with me for over a year. I enjoy spending my time with family and friends, reading books, playing fetch with my dog, and being outdoors on the lakes in the summertime.






Sarah Wicks, Licensed Master Social Worker

In my work, I take a holistic, strengths-based approach to health. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Luther College in Iowa and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of North Dakota. My graduate work focused on awareness and treatment of perinatal and postpartum mood disorders.


Prior to joining Abound, I served at a hospital in Iowa as a psychiatric social worker with adolescent and adult patients and their families. I also served at the hospital as the home care social worker helping individuals and families recovering from health setbacks, navigating decisions regarding caregiving settings, and making end-of-life decisions. I have worked with homelessness, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and newly resettled immigrants and refugees. I also have experience with organic vegetable farming, having owned and managed a farm with my spouse prior to becoming a social worker and value mental health services for farmers. All of this is work I am very passionate about and makes me view all individuals I work with from a holistic perspective.


I believe in the idea that all individuals have the ability to “bloom where they are planted” if provided with space and tools to do so. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental space to guide individuals and families towards healing and growth so that they can come into a season of blooming again. This may be done through a variety of evidence-based intervention models, as well as by incorporating the strengths and interests of each individual into our work together. 


I am married to a Lutheran pastor and have three energetic and wildly different boys. I most enjoy spending time with my family outdoors camping, swimming, or going to the playground.

Jamestown & telehealth



Lindsey Krueger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been practicing in the mental health field since 2013. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed my Master of Social Work in 2015 from Edinboro University. I began working for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota in 2016. My experience has included working with a range of ages from childhood through adult life-span in outpatient agencies, in-home services, and currently in private practice.


I specialize in treating grief/loss, adoption issues, anxiety, anger, depression, military life, domestic violence, and family/relationship concerns. I also facilitate and lead a batter’s treatment program.


As an active duty Air Force spouse, I have had the opportunity to live and work with a plethora of diverse populations. I lived in Okinawa, Japan for over 7 years and have moved all throughout the United States. I am originally from the great state of Wisconsin.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, three children, and our Yorkie. I have a great passion and love for adoption, as we adopted our oldest son internationally when he was 14 years old. In my free time, I enjoy spending time at the lake with family, watching my children attend their sporting events, and being active.


I believe strongly in providing an atmosphere that is accepting, non-judgmental and empowering. I utilize evidenced based treatment strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporate other techniques such as Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.


Tara Schaefer-Nygaard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a Minot native, I earned my Bachelors of Social Work degree at Minot State University. I started working in the child welfare field and moved to Idaho where I attended Northwest Nazarene University and earned my Masters of Social Work in 2012. While working in the area of child welfare I have worked with domestic violence, child protective services, foster care, in-home wrap around, and special needs adoption. I have also worked with foster and adoptive parents in preparing for foster/adoptive parenting, education and support while caring for children. I began my clinical work in 2016 when I began working with Lutheran Social Services as an In-Home Family Therapist. I transitioned to being a clinical therapist at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch here in Minot where I provided individual and group therapy to adolescents between the ages of 10-18. I also provided family therapy with the children and their parent/s, foster parent, adoptive parent and/or mentor. I currently work as a contracted Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Minot Air Force Base and provide services to active duty service members stationed here in Minot.

I have completed education and training for trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy as well as prolonged exposure therapy. I am trained in Yoga Calm that incorporates yoga based movement with mindfulness and meditation. I use a variety of acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical informed behavior therapy skills to provide a person centered approach. I specialize in treating trauma, anger, anxiety, depression, and family/relationship concerns.

I believe in empowering my clients to make informed decisions about their treatment and care while we work together in meeting their goals. I believe that my clients are the experts on their life, their family and themselves; I am here to learn about what they hope to achieve, learn and change by reaching out. I believe that providing a safe space that is free from judgement and is accepting of you is critical in building a strong relationship with your provider.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, our five children and our pets. We look forward to adding to our family as our children get married. In my free time, I enjoy attending sporting events for our youngest child and for nieces and nephews that live in the area as well as spending time with my family members and friends.