Mental Health Staff
Danielle Norby Lien | MSW, LICSW, RPT-S, SEP, CAS
Danielle opened A Better Connection, Inc. in November 2012 with the vision to provide preventative services to individuals of all ages. Danielle is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. Danielle received her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduate degree in clinical social work at The University of St. Thomas/ St. Catherine's University. Danielle has experience in county child protection, preschool and high school day treatment, in-home services, and outpatient therapeutic services in a center for community violence, as well as in private practice. Danielle works with all ages and has experience with children ages 0 to 5 years. Danielle is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) which required 3 years of training on the nervous system. SE is used to help individuals heal from past trauma.
Katie Luther | MA, LPCC
Katie is originally from Park Rapids and earned her undergradute degree in Psychology and Child & Family Studies from Concordia College - Moorhead. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Agency Counseling from East Tennessee State University and is working to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Katie has experience working in therapeutic foster care, school and community CTSS, elementary and middle school day treatmet, in-home services, and community college counseling services.
Karen Youmans | MSW, LGSW
Karen is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker seeking work experience to become a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Karen recently relocated from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Karen received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Metropolitan State University and graduate degree in clinical social work at The University of St. Thomas/ St. Catherine's University. Karen has multi-cultural experience working in metropolitan family violence centers, crisis response teams, suicide prevention, immigration services, case management, in-home therapeutic services, and outpatient mental health. Karen is excited to provide psychotherapeutic services to area adults suffering from a variety of mental health concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and PTSD. Karen is also interested in women’s advocacy and has a passion for empowering domestic violence survivors.
Robb Dent | MS, NCC, LPCC
Robb Dent returns to Park Rapids as a Mental Health Clinician after obtaining his BA degree in Psychology and his MS degree in Counseling & Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. After several years as a College Administrator and Career Counselor, Robb is working to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. The majority of his counseling experience has been with K-12th grade students and young adults. He assists others in Mindfulness training, anxiety management, career counseling, and school & community CTSS.
Brandy Parsons | BSW
Brandy was born and raised in Park Rapids. She is a CTSS Skills Practitioner and Intake Coordinator at A Better Connection Inc. She has received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Minnesota State Community College, Fergus Falls. She is passionate about Art with an interest Art Therapy.
Kiah Staloch | PsyD, LP
Kiah is a licensed psychologist who obtained her PsyD in clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Her undergraduate degree was completed at St. Catherine University, with a major in psychology and minor in Spanish. She has experience working with all ages, individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, play therapy, art therapy and crisis intervention. Healthy lifestyles and wellness are often incorporated into her work. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities as well as sewing and art.
Sarah Trued| MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sarah Trued, is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for the psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. Sarah provides medication management services and enjoys working with patients with a variety of psychiatric conditions such as Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Substance use disorder, and Psychotic disorders.
Chemical Health/Co-Occurring Staff
Kate Fritsch | MA, LPCC, LADC
Kat is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction. This allows her to work with co-occurring disorders. She appreciates individuals who wish to discuss any mental health concerns and/or discuss using any addictive chemicals. This may include questioning if they have a problematic behavior with chemical dependency. Kat has experience working with clients in intensive outpatient settings as well as inpatient treatment settings at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, MN. Kat has experience working at the Pride Institute in Eden Prairie, MN. She focused in chemical dependence as well as crisis management, grief, trauma, sexual health within the LGBTQ community, anxiety, and depression. Kat is passionate about assisting those with grief and trauma. Kat has been an advocate at the state level for mental health issues. In the future she would like to advocate around the opioid epidemic that affects many people in MN.