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Welcome to Insight Counseling, a mental health private practice providing effective, goal-oriented counseling services for people in Duluth, Hibbing, and surrounding areas. Putting the client's well-being first, our therapists are trained in current modalities of integrative psychotherapy, always evaluating and consulting to ensure the most successful client outcomes. We are evidenced-based, professional practitioners who hold integrity of care to the highest standards. 


Dina Clabaugh, LICSW, MSW, MS

Dina opened Insight Counseling with the intent of creating exactly the type of space where she could go to experience insightful healing, growth, and enhanced health; a place where all people are warmly welcomed, and staff are interested in and committed to their care. Insight Counseling is that place.

Educated and trained in the most effective, evidence-based therapies, Dina uses the therapeutic modality that best fits the unique situation of her client. Dina is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Grief Therapy. Dina is also a strong couples therapist. And when not practicing, Dina enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, and trail running.

Specialty training: EMDR through the EMDR Institute; Compassionate Bereavement Care® through the MISS Foundation; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) through the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences. 

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Cheryl Champion, LICSW, MSW, MA

Cheryl has many years of experience as a mental health therapist. She has practiced in a variety of settings from schools to corrections, medical and non-profit settings. She has worked with individuals, families and children from all backgrounds, ethnicities , religions and cultures. Cheryl has worked with clients with chronic pain and disease issues, as well as those experiencing life changing events and adjustments. Cheryl teaches people skills for making healthy transitions, and changes that will alter their approach to life. She works on creating new coping skills, support systems, family dynamics and stress reduction. Cheryl uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including DBT, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and feminist therapy. Cheryl's clients sometimes find art or music therapy, play therapy and journaling are helpful. In addition some of her techniques utilize visualization and exercises that help reduce stress, anxiety and worry. For those who are interested she may incorporate biblio-therapy and videos. {Verified by Psychology Today.}


Taylor Harrison, LGSW, MSSW

Taylor has been working in mental health since 2010. She has practiced in a variety of settings from in-home family settings to correctional facilities to community mental health. She works with individual adults and couples experiencing distress due to interpersonal and relationship struggles, employment stress, adjustment issues, and mood disorders.

Taylor develops unique, strength-based approach for each client or couple to regain a sense of personal empowerment, stability, and emotional safety. From the initial assessment through the end of treatment, Taylor focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance to support the client through the change process. She utilizes a variety of techniques that create new coping skills, strengthen the mind-body connection, and improve mindfulness. Additionally, Taylor assists couples in developing renewed intimacy, connection, joy, and understanding.


Dr. Deb Semmelroth, LGSW, DNP, RN, MSW

Dr. Deb provides a caring and safe space for clients to share their stories and uses the most appropriate therapeutic modality. She creates a therapeutic relationship rooted in transparency and hope.

The underpinnings of her practice utilize Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), which is steeped in connecting with people through and in relationship. Dr. Deb is also EMDR trained. Her background in nursing, including advanced practice, has nurtured a holistic approach to care; she considers the body, mind and spirit in integration. She has also taught nursing at the collegiate level and recognizes the transformative power of knowledge. A life-long learner, Dr. Deb continues her studies in best practices and provides public presentations on suicide prevention/intervention/post-vention, neurobiology of trauma, and self-care. 

Dr. Deb works with middle school students, young adults, adults and families. For the past seven years, she has worked with over 600 people who have experienced the loss of a loved one from suicide. She takes into consideration the framework of trauma responsive care, which considers clients' unique experiences and provides therapies to elicit or modify the brain’s neural pathways, such as calming activities.

Dr. Deb feels it is a privilege and honor to serve.

Specialty training: EMDR through the EMDR Institute; Compassionate Bereavement Care® through the MISS Foundation and Suicide Bereavement Clinician through AAS/AFSP.


Bridget Benson, M.Ed., NCC, NBC-HWC

Bridget comes to Insight with two specific areas of specialty and interest. She works with individuals and couples who have experienced infidelity. Most times infidelity is the symptom of other root causes and she works with clients to discover the root causes and uses appropriate therapeutic modalities to empower healing and what comes next.

Bridget also works with people struggling with a positive body relationship. She is passionate about supporting individuals seeking lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutritional healing. Using a holistic framework, she helps people understand why they are struggling and empowers them to a new, authentic relationship with fresh opportunities and potential for change.


Nancy Meisinger, Clinic Manager

Nancy creates an experience of ease and joy for you at Insight. She comes to Insight with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a plethora of varied managerial and customer service experiences. Because of her adventurous spirit, Nancy has worked in a variety of fields: teaching, art, landscaping, and more. Newer to the field of health care, Nancy steps in with excitement to learn and grow strong in this fresh space with you. Nancy is a native of a small northern town in Wisconsin and down time finds her busy with family, art making, and cats.


Jennifer Elmberg, LICSW, MSW

Jennifer sees clients in our Virginia and Hibbing offices. Jennifer comes to Insight with a passion for helping people improve their lives, their health, and their relationships. She has worked in the field for over a decade in which 5 of those years were specifically focused on mental health and wellness. Jennifer has background and training in some of the most effective evidenced-based modalities and uses the modality which best fits the client’s individual situation.

Jennifer brings a unique and holistic perspective to therapy, including a focus on nutrition and self-care, which she incorporates into her practice with clients of all ages. Jennifer is trained and certified as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider through the Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute. She is educated and trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mental Health Nutrition, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Jennifer provides individual and family therapy for children and adults. She is also a strong couple’s counselor.

Specialty training: Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider through the Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute.


Colleen Bender, MSW Graduate Intern

Colleen is an MSW Clinical Intern from The College of Saint Scholastica. Colleen has seven years of experience working with students in an academic setting as a substitute teacher in Washington and Wisconsin. Most recently she completed an internship in the Duluth School District as a Special Education Social Work Intern.

Colleen practices with a Relational Cultural Theory lens and believes relationships are fundamental to the therapeutic process; because of this she enjoys developing connections and assisting individuals with understanding how their connections and disconnections with others impact their well-being. Colleen also believes in a strength-based approach and believes individuals possess valuable skills and gifts that provide them with the ability and resiliency to overcome adversities. She is passionate about assisting individuals with acknowledging the gifts they hold that will help them reach their desired version of their full potential. Colleen brings with her a desire and passion for collaborating with individuals to assist them with navigating their life journey while living a life they desire and love to live.


Candice Berg, MSW Graduate Intern

Candice is currently earning her Masters of Social Work degree under a clinical track through The College of Saint Scholastica. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Candice has experience as direct support staff assisting adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, mental health practitioner work providing CTSS skills for ages 3 to 17 years, and her current role as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher for Virginia School District. She recently completed a care coordinator position under an internship for Essentia Health Virginia Clinic.

Candice appreciates Relational-Cultural Therapy's theoretical framework and its tenet that we all grow through and toward relationships over our life span, believing in the healing power of connection. She is passionate about working with individuals and tailoring therapeutic processes based on their social, spiritual, biological, and psychological needs in order to improve their well-being and healing.


Mary Morehouse, LGSW, MSW

Mary specializes in working with children, teens, young adults and parents. She is unapologetically optimistic about young people and truly believes that there is unlimited potential with individuals when it is properly discovered and nurtured. She has experience at Amberwing and with DBT and can help transition individuals after treatment to ensure positive long-term results. Mary works from a strengths-based perspective and believes that the relationship with the client is the most important part of the journey to healing. Mary also has experience working with children and families as they face a diagnosis of cancer or other life-changing medical or physical ailments. From initial diagnosis to the transition of treatments to long-term survival, Mary can help individuals and families cope with the feelings and emotions and help them work through these events.

Specialty training: Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk (RRSR) through the American Association of Suicidology and Compassionate Bereavement Care® through the MISS Foundation. {Verified by Psychology Today.}


Julie Roppe-Stern, LICSW, MSW

Julie works at our Hibbing office. She comes to Insight with over 30 years in the helping profession.

Julie utilizes a person-centered perspective and draws on modalities from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as mindfulness, trauma informed care, and holistic wellness. She has special interests in grief and loss, domestic violence, women’s issues, and substance use and recovery. She also enjoys working with elderly clients, LGBTQ, serious persistent mental health (SPMI), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and intellectual disabilities.

Julie is always impressed by the incredible resilience people have and she loves helping people live their best lives.


Ashley Downey, LGSW, MSW

Ashley is trained and educated in some of the most effective evidence based therapy approaches, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based approaches. Ashley approaches her clients care from a holistic lens to best treat the mind, body, and soul.

Ashley specializes in relational trauma responsive care assisting individuals, families, communities, high schools, colleges, and local governmental agencies. Ashley’s experience includes practicing school-based mental health therapy for children and families, facilitating group therapy for incarcerated individuals, mentoring in transition programs for prior adult offenders, mental health practitioner services with youth in residential and outpatient treatment settings, community-based mental health services for youth and families, and a clinical internship in an outpatient program for adults suffering from chemical health and mental health conditions. Ashley has experience developing and facilitating trauma responsive trainings to local high schools, colleges, law enforcement programs, adoption/foster care programs, and government agencies.

Specialty training: EMDR, EMDRIA-approved.


Peggy Romero, LGSW, MSW

Peggy comes to Insight Counseling with 30 years of professional experience in the behavioral and physical health fields. Practicing mindfulness therapy, she believes people are the expert of their own lives and she is their professional guide, using a variety of person-centered approaches to help people address their challenges and become their best selves.

Trained modalities of practice include Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), crisis interventions, Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is currently studying and excited about offering ecotherapy and clinical aromatherapy.

She has great passion for animals and believes they are part of our healing process; animals are very attuned to the emotional health of their human companions. She has a quirky sense of humor with the belief that laughter is a universal language and a huge component of healing.

When she is not practicing as a psychotherapist, Peggy continues to work with the local mobile crisis team, plants flowers, enjoys walks and sitting in Lake Superior. Above all else, she values and appreciates her precious family time with her 2 beloved Yorkshire Terrier companions and husband of 32 years.

Specialty training: EMDR, EMDRIA-approved; member of the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support.

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Harper Jade, MA

Harper provides individual, couples, and family therapy. She brings with her a warm, empathic, and creative approach to therapy and truly believes that everyone deserves opportunities to feel seen and understood. Harper studied Couple and Family Studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and she is currently pursuing her license in marriage and family therapy.

Harper entered this field with a passion for working with youth and their families around concerns related to family life transitions, relational distress as well as experiences of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, and eating disorders. Her approach is informed by evidence based and systemic practices including Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as feminist theory to address the emotional and sociocultural barriers impeding relational growth. Additionally, Harper utilizes an integrative approach through therapeutic techniques such as mindfulness, expressive art interventions, and somatic exercises.


Hillary Giller, LMFT, MA

Hillary has a passion for working with youth and their families; a natural ability to connect with children and teens to help them feel heard and understood. She has observed this strong rapport to translate to empowering clients with self discovery, self compassion, and skills to take on life’s challenges. Hillary has worked with children and their families in various settings over the past 15 years. Hillary has experience working with children with significant behavioral and emotional challenges including complex trauma, foster care/adoption issues, mood disorders, developmental disorders, thought disorders, suicidality and self harm. This experience paired with her clinical training has given her a deep understanding of how to support and assist children and teens in their process of healing and growth.  

Hillary also enjoys working together with parents to help better understand the family dynamics and uncover skills and compassion that lead to a effective therapeutic process. Hillary believes in the power of support, self care and self reflection for parents as they growth alongside their child. Hillary’s approach is informed by many evidence based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Trained as a systems thinker, Hillary offers questions and support informed by the impact of social/media pressure, cultural values, family norms and history. Hillary also utilizes and honors the interconnectedness of the mind/body/spirit as to provide an integrative approach unique to each person's individual experience.


Ariane Norrgard, LICSW, MSW

Ariane works with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Situating care in a client-centered approach, her focus is the strengths of each individual or couple. She uses various evidence-based modalities of therapeutic care and treats the whole person. Ariane is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), is certified in Brainspotting, and uses an array of eclectic modalities in therapy to treat the whole person.

Ariane works with children, adults, and couples tackling chronic trauma, traumatic events, depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, communication issues, and life transitions / adjustments. She is passionate about helping people reach and maintain their best selves.

Ariane is from the Northland and brings humor, fun, passion, and hope to her to her clients every day. In her free time Ariane enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, sailing, playing music, and spending time with her family.

Specialty training: EMDR through the EMDR Institute; and Brainspotting.


Kelly Evertz, MFT Graduate Intern

Kelly joins the Insight team as a graduate intern through the University of Wisconsin - Superior. She enjoys working with individuals and couples who feel stuck in cycles that are no longer working. Kelly believes therapy can be a beneficial tool to bring one’s life back into balance by understanding and removing obstacles that threw life off-track in the first place.

In her years of study, Kelly has also cultivated a passion for sexual health. Her background in exercise science has taught her the importance as well as difficulty of feeling good in one’s own body as it relates to emotional and sexual wellbeing.

Kelly has a fire for helping others reclaim their bodies, debunk misconceptions surrounding sex and create a safe space to address interpersonal and relational concerns.

Areas of focus include pre-marital counseling, couples therapy, sex therapy, and attachment-based family therapy.

Kelly offers a fresh, energetic perspective that incorporates humor, art therapy, and out-of-the-box thinking to the safe environment of talk therapy.