Meet Our Counselors


For more information about our Fargo counselors or to schedule an appointment, call 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.


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.