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Northland Christian Counseling Center (NCCC) is an inter-denominational ministry designed to supplement the work of Christian churches in the Greater Grand Forks area and surrounding community. It was established by the Greater Grand Forks area Evangelical Pastors' Fellowship and is governed by a board made up of pastors, lay persons, and professionals. NCCC is incorporated under the laws of North Dakota as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation and depends, in part, on contributions of friends. Client fees cover only part of our expenses. If you would like to help and/or you have been helped by our services, would you consider a donation or regular contribution to this ministry? Thank you; all gifts are tax deductible.

Board of Directors

John Jeffrey, Brian Perreault, Mark Benson, Tracy Leduc, Wendy Wood, Steve Thomas, Scott Hulst, Wendy Wood, Stephen Seay, Nathan Johnson

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Bobbi Jo Brenner, MSW, LICSW

Rochester, MN

My passion is to walk alongside those struggling with their faith and those who have questions about pain and suffering. It is because of my own brokenness that I feel God can use me to touch another’s soul; just as God has used individuals in my life to touch my soul. I desire to open my heart more and more to God, so that He can shine through my life and guide those through their own journey.

Bobbi is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Minor in Rehabilitation, from the University of North Dakota. Bobbi counsels on a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, grief and loss, acute or chronic health problems, co-dependency, and other relational issues. She started working for NCCC in 2004, until she moved to Rochester, MN in 2012. She now has a satellite office through NCCC in Rochester where she lives with her husband.

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Marna Klug, LPCC

Grand Forks, ND

I have a passion for helping people on their journey because of how I have personally experienced Jesus using my own brokenness to free and heal me. I love coming alongside of people stuck in shame and guilt and helping them to see what grace, forgiveness and healing can look like in their life. My primary goal is to point people to Jesus, the only source of healing, and to help them see what may get in the way of union with Him, such as attachment to performance and perfectionism, faulty thinking patterns, or unresolved pain from the past that contribute to unhealthy relationships with self, others and God. I have seen many people confront hard issues in their life when given grace and compassion, moving on to experience true inner freedom and healing.

Marna's areas of interest are codependency, grief, depression, anger, anxiety, communication skills, relationship issues, and sexual abuse recovery. She works with individuals, couples, and groups who are eighteen years old or older. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of North Dakota, Master of Education from the University of North Dakota, Bachelor degree in Education and Music from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. Marna has 21+ years of experience.

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Renae Broden, MSW, LICSW

Grand Forks, ND

It takes a great deal of courage to face life sometimes, and to look inside ourselves with honesty. I consider it an honor to be invited to listen and be present with people in their pain. God has given me a heart for coming alongside others in the difficulties of life, encouraging the renewal and restoration that God has for each of us along the way. Just as I see a need in my life to depend on God more fully, I love inviting others to do the same, and to explore what may get in the way. I bring over 30 years of experience, 20 of those with Northland, serving those facing depression, anxiety, grief, loss, relationship matters, sexual abuse, body image issues, and more. I would be honored to join you on a journey of healing.

Renae is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. Renae has been a part of NCCC since its early development in 1991. Renae and her husband reside in Grand Forks. They have two adult children.

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Stephen Seay, LPCC and Executive Director

Grand Forks, ND

Can the Christian Faith really supply answers to life's deepest struggles? With a deep, emphatic yes, I do believe the "Faith" does supply real healing in the human heart. My heart resonates with the message of the Gospel that brings hope for the broken hearted. This message is one of my deepest passions.

Stephen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in North Dakota. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cal State San Bernardino, and a Bachelor’s Degree from North Dakota State University. Stephen spent 18 years on staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. Along with his case load, he is the Executive Director of Northland Christian Counseling Center. Stephen and his wife have three adult children and reside in Grand Forks.

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Aaron Johnsen, MA, LAPC

Grand Forks, ND

I love listening to people’s stories. God has made each one of us unique just like the stories we live. I feel called to help those that feel stuck, lost, frustrated, or defeated. I believe in coming alongside a person and seeking God’s wisdom and guidance together to grow and overcome life’s difficult obstacles.

I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota. I have worked in the mental health field since 2011. My wife and I reside in Grand Forks along with our two children.

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Jean Gullicks, Ph.D., FNP-C, ARNP

Grand Forks, ND

My passion is helping people throughout the lifespan, to achieve physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Identifying and recognizing their God given strengths and guiding them to see the love of God and the purpose He has for them starts them on the path to healing. I have helped many reach their personal goals through, counseling, education, assessment, diagnosis and treatment as well as coaching lifestyle changes, including nutrition, supplements, exercise and walking as Christ would have them walk. As a support group leader for caregivers of those with dementia, I have guided people through end of life issues. Many Christian mentors, including those who have been through deep valleys, yet live with joy and peace, have strengthened my faith and my ability to understand and help others.

I am a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Developmental Specialist in North Dakota and Minnesota. My primary areas of interest are mental health issues, learning problems, ADHD, overweight, chronic pain, sleep, fibromyalgia, fatigue, aging, brain and physical health, parenting and family concerns, as well as school and work difficulties. I have a strong background in medication management and understanding of the benefits and side effects that affect people’s mental and physical health. Leading people to understand the depth of Christ’s love and grace is healing for many.

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Theresa Knudson, LPCC

Grand Forks, ND

I consider it a great privilege to be allowed into my clients' healing journeys. My belief is that we are all consistently on a journey toward healing and that this path is not a linear one. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all modality of treatment, and I welcome using personal stories and insights to guide the healing process. I have seen how many Christians and non-Christians, alike, mistake their negative emotional experiences as “sinful” or “wrong” and work hard to avoid or “fix” these emotions through self-shame and self-deprecation. My goal is to assist my clients in learning from these unpleasant emotions and listening to their message. I believe Jesus is the ultimate mentor for learning self-compassion and I welcome their spiritual beliefs and practices in whatever capacities they find most restoring. It has been through my own brokenness that I have learned to be receptive to grace and my hope is that my clients will be receptive to healing through God’s unconditional love.

Theresa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and earned her degree from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Theresa’s areas of interest include codependency, relationship issues, trauma, sexual assault, couples, anxiety, and depression. Theresa also provides EMDR therapy for a variety of issues and concerns.

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Sara Suda, MSW, LICSW

Grand Forks, ND

I enjoy working with people of all ages and supporting them in their journey toward healing and growth. I believe that our faith is an important factor in mental health that should be considered and incorporated in treatment. I believe in taking a strengths-based approach and that Christianity is a tremendous asset possess that can help us through our deepest struggles. By asking “How can we utilize our Christianity to overcome barriers?” we are using the strengths that are already there. Coming to terms with and knowing ourselves only deepens our faith. I believe that Jesus can teach us a great deal about compassion, forgiveness, grace and unconditional love. Each of us is uniquely created and it is privilege to walk alongside people as they overcome challenges and grow.

Sara Suda, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She currently provides individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her specialties include trauma work utilizing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Sara has experience working with young children and using a variety of play therapy techniques. Sara is interested in and experienced with a variety of areas including attachment issues, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, trauma, grief, child-centered play therapy, and self-harm behaviors. Sara completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Dakota.

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His as atonement for the sins of all who believe in Him, in His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical, but spiritual death which is separation from God.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ, and personally accept His substitutionary sacrifice as justification for their sin, become children of God.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and the commitment we share to spread His Word and to minister to the needs of one another.