All workshops will include presentations by highly qualified professionals.
Lisa Byrne, Divorce Consultant, has been working in the financial services field for over 20 years. Lisa specializes in working with clients pre divorce and helps them prepare cash flow analysis, budgets and financial statements. During the divorce process Lisa works closely with clients and their attorneys in analyzing spousal support proposals, asset splits, social security maximization, and other important financial issues.
Post divorce Lisa works with clients to prepare a long term financial plan that may include goal setting, asset allocation/risk management, college planning and liability management.
Divorce is a very stressful time for clients and Lisa’s philosophy is to make the process as simple and easy as possible. “Kitchen table counseling” is a term she uses to describe her practice; which means she will meet her clients in their home and work with them on their day to day financial issues. It is not uncommon for Lisa to help a client hire other professionals in their lives such as a CPA, estate planning attorney, real estate agent or a mortgage professional and will even help clients navigate the car buying experience.
She is truly an advocate for her clients.
Wermerskirchen and Blomquist, LLC
Kyle Wermerskirchen brings broad-based litigation background to each new matter. He has litigated federal and state jury trials across Minnesota, and argued cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. His wide range of experience brings a unique perspective to cases, and the skill to succeed when litigation is necessary. He helps clients and families facing challenging circumstances with a calm demeanor and thorough preparation. He assesses a client’s goals early in representation, and works hard toward achieving these goals. His experience in litigating cases brings a common-sense approach to skillfully negotiate your case, and bring about a good resolution.
Heimerl & Lammers – Main Office
Katie Lammers – Attorney
901 N. 3rd Street Suite 110
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Kathryn Lammers heads the family law department at the Minneapolis law firm of Heimerl and Lammers. She is a skilled advocate with years of experience representing clients in all areas of family law including divorce, complex property valuation and division, cash flow issues, child custody, spousal maintenance, domestic abuse, appeals, child support and third party custody.
Ms. Lammers’ skills as a family law attorney have been widely recognized and she was honored as a Minnesota Superlawyer for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Lammers was named a Minnesota “Rising Star,” an elite group of emerging lawyers, either under the age of 40 or in practice less than 10 years, who have demonstrated the highest standards of excellence. Katie was one of only several hundred lawyers in Minnesota chosen as a Rising Star. Katie Lammers has earned the distinction of Rising Star for the years 2011-2013.
Ellie Family Services
Erin Opoku, MA LAMFT
Erin obtained her Master’s degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler Graduate School, in 2012. Erin completed her practicum at Genesis II for Families; in Minneapolis, MN, working with high conflict families, in their homes that were involved within the child protection system. During this time Erin was also employed at an agency in the Twin Cities performing Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, where she worked with clients to find their personal recovery goal to better manage their mental health diagnoses.
After completion of her Master’s degree Erin worked as a mental health practitioner and therapist in the Twin Cities area, providing individual, family, couples, adolescent and child therapy services.
Erin has experience working with a wide range of clientele with various mental health and behavioral issues. Erin works with late adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chemical dependency concerns, personality disorders, bipolar disorder and grief and loss. She also works with couples struggling with all aspects of their relationships whether it be working through divorce, co-parenting, adjustment and life transitions and/or communication difficulties.
Erin is an energetic, active, mindfulness based therapist who puts an emphasis on being “real”, honest, and doing our best to laugh through the good and the bad life throws at us. Erin is the co-owner of Ellie Family Services and her vision helps support the idea that we should always be customizing services to not only meet the needs of people but to BETTER THE LIVES of everyday families!
Erin has a background in the helping profession that ranges from county level social work, to inpatient chemical health, to outpatient therapy, to group facilitator and supervisor! She has worked with people as young as 5 all the way through their 70’s and particularly likes working with TEENAGERS, PARENTS, ADULTS and families impacted by high conflict, divorce, and parenting issues.
In addition to traditional therapy services Erin offers mediation, therapeutic mediation, social early neutral evaluations (SENE), parent consultation, parent coaching, and serves as a child specialist in family court cases. Additionally, she leads workshops, classes, and various groups around co-parenting, teenage issues, and managing divorce. Having a good understanding of the future of the therapeutic industry, she is also on the road to becoming a licensed alcohol and drug counselor to ensure her and the Ellie team can customize services to any client who walks through our doors.
Winona State University, Graduate Certificate, Alcohol and Drug Counseling – Expected Completion 2017
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Child Psychology
Hamline Law School, Family Mediation & Parent Consulting, Qualified Rule 114 Neutral
6th Judicial District, Social Early Neutral Evaluation Training, 2016
Guadalupe Alternative Programs, Clinical Supervisor Training, 2014
AAMFT, MFT Supervisor Training, 2017
Traverse Counseling & Consulting
1000 Shelard Parkway
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
There are myriad reasons that a couple might seek Marriage/Couples counseling. Some couples may be doing “marital maintenance” by giving their relationship a ‘tune up’, like we take care of our cars.
Some couples might be addressing patterns that keep emerging. For them it may feel like they continue to have the same fight over and over again, just the details are different.
Other couples have a big hurt or a breach of trust like an infidelity and want help to repair this hurt and move forward.
For others, parenting styles have become an impediment in their marital or couple relationship.
And some struggle to find a way of relating to extended family that feels okay to both partners.
With the support of Marriage/Couples counseling, many couples find healing and repair with issues such as these.
Discernment Counseling – Perhaps you are not sure about staying in your marriage. Or perhaps you are, but your partner isn’t. Discernment counseling can help couples take one last look at their marriage to see if it is possible to save it
Divorce Mediator & Parenting Consultant Erin Kassebaum
Resolution Divorce Services
Erin Kassebaum is a qualified neutral under Rule 114, a trained Parenting Consultant and Parenting Time Expeditor. She serves as a Guardian ad litem for Hennepin County, a mediator for Ramsey County, and as part of the leadership committee for the Cooperative Practice Network of MN. Erin is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), a certified Parents ForeverTM facilitator, and is listed on the current Minnesota ADR Roster. Erin has received specialized training in ADR processes through Hamline Law School and Erickson Mediation Institute. She earned her bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Sociology and Family Social Science, and a graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.