Meet Our Counselors


For more information about our Fargo counselors or to schedule an appointment, call 701-235-4457.

Jennifer Anderson
Clinical Therapist, MSW, LICSW

Jennifer received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Dakota and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has more than seventeen years of experience working with adults, children, couples, and families, and says this about her practice: “My therapeutic approach is of a holistic manner which is seeing my clients as individuals with unique experiences from their past to what brings them to obtain help at Catholic Charities North Dakota.”

Jennifer’s clinical interests include working with individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictions, eating disorders, pre and post bariatric surgery, personality disorders, PTSD, and trauma.

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 proved services for individuals, families, and groups and incorporates many different CBT and DBT skills into a variety of types of therapy.


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, & Minot

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

Tami received her Baachelor’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, She 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, Minot and New England and accepts most insurances and EAPs. To schedule an appointment with Tami at any of the locations, call the Bismarck office at 701-255-1793.

Grand Forks

Kenneth Flanagan
Clinical Therapist, Ph.D., MSW,  LICSW

Kenneth is a licensed clinical social worker who has been providing counseling services for over 30 years. He received his MSW and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He primarily works with adults with a clinical focus on depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and chronic pain.

Kenneth has served in a range of clinical and administrative positions in healthcare and community based organizations. He also works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Dakota.