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. Michael can be reached at: 651-772-5589.
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. Dorthee can be reach at: 651-772-5602.
Melissa Albaugh, MA
Mental Health 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.
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.
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.