Carolyn Kinney, PsyD.
Primary Therapist and Clinical Manager

Carolyn is a doctoral candidate at Minnesota School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology. For eight years, she has provided services to clients with developmental disabilities (DD) in community mental health and residential settings, and Carolyn has developed a day treatment program which adapts Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for clients with DD and Borderline Personality Disorder.  She has provided training and consultation for therapists on Asperger Syndrome, DBT skills, and coping with challenging client behaviors as well as for those working with clients with serious and persistent mental illness and developmental disabilities.  Carolyn is a former elementary and middle school teacher and administrator.

Vern Damm, M.A.
Primary Therapist

Vern graduated from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in June of 2014 with a Master's
in Marriage and Family Therapy. His past work experience in retail management and manufacturing training allowed him to manage a group and train the group in psychoeducation while using his therapy education to observe the process.  After his internship, Vern was happy to be able to continue on at the Safety Center as a primary therapist. He values being able to journey with the men in group as they work toward lifting the of their lives and moving towards healing. It is exciting to see the movement towards healthy sexuality.

Vern appreciates the theory of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He believes it interacts at all of the components of humans, that being body, spirit, soul, and emotions. He would like
to continue learning about Diabolical Behavioral Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Cynthia Bloom, M.A.
Primary Therapist

Cynthia graduated from Metro State in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
During that time she was inducted into PSI CHI - Psychology's Branch of the National 
Honor Society.  She then continued her education earning a Master's degree in 2015 in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and is currently continuing her education to work towards her LPCC licensure.

Cynthia came to the Safety Center as an intern while completing her Master's degree.  After her her internship, Cindy was hired as a primary therapist.  Cynthia's prior work experience includes having worked for twenty plus years as an administrative assistant 
at the church she attended. Because of her experiences working at the church, Cynthia 
was able to easily transition her passion for helping people to working with the clients at Safety Center.  Cynthia is excited to be expanding her knowledge of Pesso/Boyden System Psychomotor Therapies.

Courtney Padjen, M.A.

Courtney graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor’s degree in
Psychology, and a double minor in Cognitive Neuroscience and Applied Foreign
Language.  She later graduated from Argosy University - Twin Cities and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  She had previously completed an eleven month internship with the Safety Center.  During that time, she became certified in Clinical Sexology with the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in Culver City, CA.  Currently, Courtney is a doctoral candidate with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Sex Therapy at Argosy Universities - Twin Cities.

Courtney has previous experience working as a neuropsychometric technician for a 
private practice and also a direct support professional in a group home setting.  She 
prefers to use an eclectic approach and utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral, psychoanalytical, existential therapies, as well as relapse prevention planning and mindfulness.