To make an appointment with a counselor, call 651.772.5555.
Michael Thompson, MSW, LICSW
Mental Health IST & CM Program Supervisor
Michael is the supervisor for Face to Face’s Children’s Mental Health Case Management team, the ITS program, and MSW interns. He has 20 years of professional experience working in the social service field, with 15 of those years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The majority of his professional career has been spent working with children that are experiencing emotional and behavioral concerns related to their mental health. His professional experience includes working as a therapist in Early Childhood and Adolescent Day Treatment Programs, as a school based mental health therapist in the Robbinsdale and Osseo school districts, and since 2013 as a Mental Health Supervisor.
His therapeutic approach is strengths-based, with a client-centered approach. He is experienced working with young people that come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. His experience includes depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and trauma. He prioritizes equity, inclusion, and social justice, and tries to incorporate these themes in his work as a therapist and supervisor.
Selena Uribe, BSW
Children’s Mental Health Case Manager
Selena, (she/her/hers), graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from The College of St. Scholastica in 2018, and is continuing education by now attending The University of MN for a Masters of Social Work. She grew up in a large Hispanic family and is the oldest of five siblings. Selena has primarily worked with children and families whose cultures differ from her own. Her experience includes working with children, youth and families in early education centers, daycare centers, foster care, child welfare system and case management. She focuses on trauma-informed care and being an advocate for youth, children and families. In her spare time, Selena enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to Zumba and going for walks!
Kayla Marcoux, MSW, LGSW
Mental Health Practitioner
Kayla first joined Face to Face as a graduate level mental health intern in September 2018. She has previous experience in the school setting, as well as working as a children’s mental health case manager. Kayla utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based approach and believes a safe, trusting therapist-client relationship is the foundation of the healing process. Using an eclectic, relational approach, Kayla aims to assist clients in creating and working toward their own unique goals. Kayla is passionate about working with youth and has experience with clients who are dealing with concerns related to trauma, adjustment, difficult life transitions, child/family relationships, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and grief.
Melissa Albaugh, MA
In-Home Therapy Practitioner
Melissa joined Face to Face as an Intensive Systemic Therapist in January 2019. Melissa has previous experience providing in-home and outpatient therapy to individuals, couples and families. Melissa has additional experience working with parents and with children ages 0-4 and incorporates an attachment-based lens believing that our early relationships can lay the foundation for how we experience ourselves and others. Melissa provides a gentle, strength-based, and relational approach to her work with clients. Melissa finds value in how communal, cultural, and familial factors shape who we are and how these pieces can also help support us in healing. As a white cis-gender therapist, Melissa recognizes it is crucial to the therapeutic experience that she works to create a safe space for people of all cultural identities, gender identities, and sexualities.
Dorothee Tshiela, MA, LPCC
Mental Health Supervisor
Dorothee joined the Face to Face Outpatient Therapy program in November 2014. Dorothee previously worked with an agency in the metro doing in-home Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports. She also has previous experiences working with survivors of traumatic experiences. Dorothee uses a trauma-informed approach to empower her clients and work collaboratively within the community to build healthy therapeutic relationships. Her areas of interest include family work, cultural issues, trauma, depression and anxiety.
Elizabeth Panetta, LGSW
Mental Health Practitioner for Safe Zone
Elizabeth grew up in the Twin Cities and joined the SafeZone team in September 2019. She holds a B.S. in Human Services and in 2018, earned her M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work. Elizabeth is passionate about youth empowerment, harm reduction, healing justice, and blue whales. She has experience working with youth and adults experiencing homelessness with a trauma-focused lens. Elizabeth can be reached on her Mobile: 651-347-5296.
Children’s Mental Health Case Manager
Abbey (she/her/hers) grew up in Minnesota. She loves starting different creative projects — sometimes she even finishes them! She’s worked with youth for most of her life: babysitting, summer camps, after school programs, and tutoring. Most recently, she worked in residential treatment and day treatment settings in Minneapolis. Abbey has a BS in Human Development & Family Studies and Spanish.
Derick Chi Kumba, MA, LPCC
Shelter-Based Mental Health Practitioner
Derick grew up in Cameroon, West Africa. He has been licensed professional Counselor (LPC) since 2015. Derrick has many years of experience working with youth experiencing homelessness at Dan Yung shelter and the Youth lodge. Derrick began working at Face to Face in June of 2020 and is delighted to be a team member.