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.
from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in June of 2014 with a Master's in
Marriage and Family Therapy.
His past work
experience of retail management and manufacturing training aided in his
intern experience of group therapy at The Safety Center. It allowed him to
manage a group and train the group in psychoeducation while using his therapy
education to observe the process. He is very happy to be able to continue
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 SOMETHING of
their lives and moving towards healing. It is exciting to see the movement
towards healthy sexuality.
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
Cynthia Bloom, M.A.
Cynthia graduated from Metro State in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. During that time she was awarded with the PSI CHI - 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. She is currently continuing her education to work towards her LPCC licensure.
Cynthia came to The Safety Center as an intern during her Master's degree. After completing her internship Cynthia was hired as a primary therapist. Cynthia prior work experience was 20+ years working in her church's office. Through her experiences at the church she was able to easily able to transition her passion for helping people to the clients at The Safety Center. Cynthia is excited to be expanding her knowledge of Pesso/Boyden System Therapy and Psychomotor Therapy.
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 11-month
internship with the Safety Center, Inc. Also 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
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
Professional Affiliations and
- Psi Chi 2010-present
- American Association of Sexuality
Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) 2009-present
- Certification in Abel Assessment
for sexual interest-3™
- Certification in Clinical
Conferences and Trainings
- Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing (EMDR) Training w/Linda Curran, Brooklyn Center, MN, 2015
- Using the DSM-5© and the ICD-10:
The Changing Diagnosis of Mental Disorders, Bloomington, MN, 2015
- American Association of
Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), Minneapolis, MN 2015
- Minnesota Association for the
Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MnATSA) Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 2014
- Evolution of Psychotherapy
Conference, Anaheim, CA, 2013