My New Website

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 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.

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 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 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. 

Professional Affiliations and Certificates:

Conferences and Trainings Attended: