Meet Our Counselors

Fargo, Wahpeton

For more information about our Fargo counselors or to schedule an appointment in Fargo or Wahpeton, please call us at 701-235-4457.

Melissa Lee-Eckes
Director of Counseling

Clinical Therapist, MSW, LICSW

Melissa graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She was the director of social services for a rural nursing home in Minnesota and then returned to school and obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of North Dakota.

Melissa has worked in both an agency setting for about five years as well as maintained a private practice for the last seven years. She has experience working with adults and children ages two on up and has been trained in EMDR, Hypnosis, Play Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy. Melissa has provided services for individuals, families, and groups and incorporates many different CBT and DBT skills into a variety of types of therapy.

Kimberly Fritel
Clinical Therapist, MS, LPCC

Kim received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Mary. Prior to furthering her education, she received a degree in psychology with a minor in medical sciences from Minnesota State University of Moorhead. Kim has worked with adults and families for over 6 years. She is trained in Crisis Intervention Team, Trauma Informed Care, ASIST, Motivational Interviewing, Illness Management and Recovery, Multisystemic Therapy as well as Integrated Dual Diagnosis Training.

Kim provides individual, marital, and family counseling to people of all faith denominations.

Erin Rocheleau
Clinical Therapist, MA, LPCC

Erin obtained her Masters of Art in Counseling at the University of North Dakota. She also received her Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services. Erin has been working in the social service field for over ten years. She has been working as a professional counselor for the last three years. Erin has experience working with children, teens, and adults in Outpatient, In Home, and Community settings.

Erin is trained in Structural Family Therapy, TF-CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Erin provides services to children 6 and up, adults, couples, and families.


Barb Boesl
Clinical Therapist, MED, LPC
(701) 256- 2354

Barb received her Masters Degree in Education and Clinical counseling from North Dakota State University. Prior to furthering her education, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

Barb has a vast amount of insight and experience in the field. She is thoughtful and creative in her practice. Barb’s clients comments are always very positive on their evaluation of services and often say they are very comfortable with her. Barb provides individual, premarital, marital, and family counseling to people of all faith denominations.

Bismarck, Dickinson, & New England

Tami Christianson
Clinical Therapist, MSW,  LICSW
(701) 255- 1793

Tami received her Bachelor’s degree from Minot State University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Dakota. She has more than 20 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. Tami has been a part of the State Critical Incident Stress Management Debriefing team, is trained in Mediation Services, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, and bereavement counseling. Tami has been a grief/loss counselor for Hospice, worked with the aging population at PACE and Long Term Care Facilities and worked with children and families at Stark County Social Services. She also provides clinical therapy at Therapeutic Life Changes in Dickinson.

Tami provides individual, marital, and family counseling to people of all faith denominations. She provides services in Bismarck, Dickinson and New England and accepts most insurances and EAPs. To schedule an appointment with Tami at any of these locations, please call the Bismarck office at 701-255-1793.

Valley City

Jennifer Eberle
Clinical Therapist, MS,  LPCC
(701) 235-4457

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Valley City State University and her Master’s of Science degree in Community Counseling from the University of Mary in 2011. She has always had a passion for working with children and families, starting her career working with children as an intensive in-home therapist where she worked with at-risk youth and families.

Previously Jennifer owned a private practice in Valley City where she specialized in using creative intervention in session such as play, sand tray, music, and art to help her clients gain more insight into their treatment process, and also to make the process a little more fun! Jennifer continues to provide school-based counseling and classroom guidance at St. Catherine’s School in Valley City where she is able to incorporate faith and psychology to help the emotional wellbeing of students.

Jennifer is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), integrative nutritional mental health practices, and many different creative interventions. Jennifer was active on the board for the North Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association (NDMHCA) from 2011-2015.

In 2018, Jennifer received an award for Most Outstanding Counselor in North Dakota nominated by her fellow counselors. Also in 2018, she received an award for Best Mental Health Professional from the Times Record which is voted on by the citizens of Valley City, ND.

Jennifer loves to work with children ages two and older, families, couples, and individuals. She works with people of all faith denominations. To learn more or schedule an appointment with Jennifer in Valley City, please contact Catholic Charities North Dakota at 701-235-4457.

Grand Forks

Gaudencia Palomo-Burns
Clinical Therapist, MSW,  LICSW
(701) 775-4196

Gaudencia Palomo-Burns, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, recently joined the Grand Forks Catholic Charities of North Dakota team. Gaudencia received her MSW from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007 and completed her concentration-year practicum at the National Center for PTSD, VA Pacific Islands Healthcare system while her husband was stationed at Schofield Barracks, HI. Gaudencia has worked with homeless individuals and families at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu, as an intensive case manager for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness, as a Behavioral Skills Consultant, as well as having experience working with dual-diagnosed individuals in an intensive outpatient setting.

She and her family moved to Guam in 2012, where Gaudencia worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs, first with the Medical Foster Home Programs and subsequently at the Guam Vet Center. At the Guam Vet Center, Gaudencia specialized in working with survivors of military sexual trauma, veterans with PTSD, and providing counseling to individual veterans, couples, and families. Gaudencia’s professional interests include working with victims of complex trauma, particularly military sexual trauma, veterans experiencing challenges adjusting to life after the military, and active duty military members and their families.

Gaudencia has experience working with children, families, and couples. She also has extensive experience working with at-risk and underserved populations from multiple ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Her personal interests include spending time with her son and husband, crocheting, and eating good food. Gaudencia relocated to Grand Forks in 2018 when her husband accepted a faculty position in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Dakota. She spent the next several months providing services to active duty service members at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.