About Us

Hardy & Stephens Counseling Associates is a group practice with a Christian Perspective. Treatment objectives are focused on empowering clients toward emotional and spiritual healing by equipping them with tools and information to integrate their physical, mental and spiritual health. 

All of our Clinical Associates are experienced professionals who offer clinical skills in a variety of focus areas and all of our clinicians have significant experience in treating depression and anxiety.

We also have interns/externs that are completing their training that offer free counseling to the community. For more information click on free counseling.

 For the convienience of our clients we offer two locations: Elk River and Anoka.

Click on our Associates below for more individual information.

Julie Brown

Julie graduated from Saint Mary's University and is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapists. ...more

Wendy Muenchow

Wendy Muenchow is a psychotherapist who is completing her final requirements for her Master’s degree in Counseling through Liberty University. through her studies. ...more

Nikki Freeman

Nikki Freeman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with eight years of experience providing services in a variety of mental health settings. Nikki holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Bethel University. ...more

Lynn Hardy

Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience. specialty areas include Crisis Management, Post traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR and life coaching. ...more

Laura Kral

Laura Kral is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Laura enjoys working with children and adolescents and has chosen to narrow her practice to this area since it is what she loves. ...more

Rebecca Benson

Rebecca Benson is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) who works with individuals, couples and adolescents. ...more

Joseph Frey

Joseph (Jody) Frey is a psychotherapist who earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. ...more

Patti Olson

Patti is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Patti comes to the counseling field with a variety of experiences in education and in the business world. ...more

Jessica Kegley

Jessica J. Kegley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 7 years experience providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families. ...more

Katherine Roden

Katherine sees children and adolescents for a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, Autism, ADHD, self-esteem, parent conflicts and adjustment issues. ...more

Jill Stephens

Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of experience. Specialty areas include eating disorders, body image issues, educational,academic and psychological testing and marital. ...more

Nelson Ritthaler

Nelson Ritthaler is a psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. ...more

Administrative Staff

Connie, Stephanie, Kim and JaniRae are our gifted administrative staff. ...more