Mike Arieta, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (M.S.W., LICSW, LCSW), Mike holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mike has also completed the PACC certificate for Permanency and Adoption Competency through the University of Minnesota.
Mikes education and training has been in the field of Social Work where the person in the environment fit philosophy is taught and used to look at every situation as a system and how the person and environment work with the other. A variety of techniques and skills are used to partner with people through life transitions.
Mike has over 20 years of experience working with adults, youth and families in a number of settings dealing with financial, social and relationship issues. He has experience in the following areas: domestic violence, single parent families, teen parenting, youth sex offenders, developmentally delayed adults and children, chemical abuse and addiction, crisis counseling, and couples therapy. In addition, Mike has extensive knowledge and experience working with couples, families, and individuals with financial concerns that stem from outside influences that impact family relationships and hinder successful life transitions. Mike also works with adoptive families, adoptees and those in the foster care system or former foster youth.
Kristin Lindgren, Experienced Educator
Kristin holds a M.ED in Special Education K-12, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education 1-6 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, as well as an Associate of Arts from Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.
She has been teaching in the St. Paul Public Schools for 14 years as a special education teacher, specifically targeting those students with learing disabilities (LD). Kristin teaches classes in both math and reading at the middle school level with students who are performing below grade level in these areas. She has also worked with students who exhibit emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), developmental/cognitive delays (DCD), and other health disabilities (OHD). Kristin's interests lie in providing specific strategies with students who have a diagnosed special education need, in K-12, which will assist in completing the educational standards required for Minnesota.