Shelley Rorvick, LMFT
Shelley Rorvick, MA, LMFT
Shelley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works primarily with couples and individuals from a systemic perspective. They work with people from all walks of life, including people of various cultural backgrounds and sexual minority communities. They have worked with people who have engaged in sexual offending behaviors as well as with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault for over 10 years. With their passion for assisting others in finding their path to well-being, Shelley meets individuals where they are at in an affirming way, supporting couples, individuals, and also families in the process of change. They are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), focusing their work on helping clients heal trauma history. Shelley is fluent in both written and spoken Spanish, having lived abroad in South America and with a deep love of Latinx culture.
Shelley es licenciada en terapia matrimonial y familiar (LMFT por sus siglas en inglés), generalmente trabajando con parejas e individuos de una perspectiva sistémica. Trabaja con personas de todas comunidades, de algunas culturas, y comunidades LGBTQIA+ y relaciones no monógamas. Desde hace una década, ha trabajado con personas que han perpetrado abusos sexuales y con sobrevivientes de abusos y/o asaltos sexuales. A través de su pasión por ayudar a otros a que encuentren el camino a su propio bienestar, Shelley abre espacios afirmativos de soporte centrados en cada individuo para el apoyo en el procesamiento de los cambios que se dan a nivel individual, matrimonial y también familiar. Se ha entrenado en técnicas de Desensibilización y Reprocesamiento por Movimiento Ocular (EMDR por sus siglas en inglés) que se enfoca en ayudar a clientes en la cura de sus traumas.
Jessica Bouchard, MA, LPCC
As a strengths-based therapist, I strive to help clients find and employ their natural strengths and use their successes to guide them on their therapeutic journey. The therapeutic relationship and process can be a powerful tool in helping individuals reframe issues and find new ways of being that bring peace, happiness, and new perspectives. I have devoted my work to providing treatment, therapy, psychosexual evaluations, and evaluations of inappropriate sexual behavior to guide treatment planning for adults, adolescents, and children who have engaged in sexually abusive or harmful behaviors. Both in the community and in correctional systems, I have extensive experience in helping clients work through difficult and/or problematic sexual issues or behaviors, as well as those related to sexuality which may stand in the way of living life to the fullest. Additionally, I am an ally for and provide therapeutic services to individuals who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. My approach to therapy is affirming and non-judgmental, providing space to process through and explore past hurt and trauma, ineffective patterns of behavior, and explore new perspectives.
Sara Vaccarella, Psy.D., LP
Dr. Vaccarella has worked with individuals who have engaged in abusive sexual behavior by providing treatment, psychosexual evaluations, and sexual violence risk assessments for nearly a decade. She has experience in community, correctional, and inpatient settings. At Illumé North, Dr. Vaccarella serves to help clients identify their treatment needs through comprehensive assessment, as well as in the measurement of treatment gains throughout an individual's course of treatment.
Thomas Biley, MSEd
Tom is a person-centered therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families on issues of sexual health and well-being. For the last 9 years, he has worked with youth and adults struggling with mental health in residential, corrections, and outpatient settings. He is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), working with clients to process and recover from traumatic experiences.
Sam Sakry, M.S.W., LGSW
Sam provides counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. Sam is interested in sexual violence prevention and sexual education, having worked in community-based and correctional settings in the Twin Ports area on issues of domestic violence, sex trafficking, mental health, and support groups. Coming from a trauma-focused lens, she aims to help youth and adults discover skills and improve coping strategies to better respond to emotions associated with traumatic events. Additioinally, she is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Her educational background focused on social justice and culturally responsive practices, allowing her to utilize this within therapy and assessments.
Elliott Kunerth, BSW
Elliott is a Master of Social Work student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. With a background in psychology and human sexuality, Elliott’s professional interests are providing trauma-informed care for disadvantaged and underserved populations. He is particularly familiar with the LGBTQI+ community and has provided gender-diverse advocacy trainings for the past 8 years. Social justice and advocacy are highly important to Elliott, as well as sexual assault prevention and the de-stigmatization of sexual taboos. Elliott’s approach to therapy is to affirm and empower clients through a trusted relationship that is free of judgment. He strongly values the model of harm-reduction, striving to promote positive sexual health though a person-centered and culturally responsive approach.
Amber brings years of professional experience to create a seamless and welcoming environment for our clients. Ensuring the safety, well-being, and confidentiality of each client is supported by years of training in trauma-informed approaches. Amber’s deeply held belief that each person is deserving of dignity and respect in their healing journey helps her to guide all of our clients to a therapy path that is right for them. Coordinating client care and clinic operations with expertise and compassion is her top priority. Amber holds degrees in English, Secondary Education, and Ojibwe Language and Culture Education from The College of St. Scholastica. Having also completed 250+ hour training in Trauma-Informed Yoga, she holds a 200 RYT certification. Amber works tirelessly to dismantle systems of oppression in our community through multiple organizations with an emphasis on sexual violence prevention/healing, racism, LGBTQ+ issues, and gender equality.