Northern Star Counseling, LLC

JenniferJennifer Harp 

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-850

With nearly a decade of experience, Jennifer decided to serve the youth and families of Wyoming in a more personal way by opening her own practice, Northern Star Counseling, llc. Northern Star Counseling specializes in improving the mental wellbeing of adults, youth and families. Jen believes in using an assortment evidence based, effective techniques to help her clients achieve optimum wellness and results. Such techniques include Thought-Field Therapy used to treat trauma memories, cognitive-behavioral restructuring interventions in order to correct irrational and unhealthy thoughts and thus positively influencing behaviors, play therapy to reach children and thorough assessments and evaluations to determine diagnosis. Motivational Interviewing may also be used in order to facilitate clients in realizing their own needed areas for change. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy principles can help clients to regulate their emotions and find balance in their lives. Treatment plans are individually customized to fit each client's unique circumstances. Jen has worked both as a clinician and an administrator in a variety of settings such as residential care and outpatient clinics in the community. Jen believes that the best results are achieved by working closely with families, their support systems and resources in the community.  In addition to directly providing services, Jen works closely with a respected, local psychologist in order to provide a comprehensive range of services and assessments.


  • University of Wyoming   2003 Master's Degree in Counselor Education                                    2001 Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and English with a minor in Spanish
    • Areas of Practice
      • Trauma/ Grief and Loss
      • Depression
      • Assertive Communication
      • Anxiety
      • Life Transitions
      • Social Skills Development
      • Erratic Mood Patterns and Bipolar Disorder
      • Assessment and Intervention
      • Self compassion
      • Increased Self Worth
      • Perfectionist tendencies
      • Shame and guilt
      • Conflict resolution at home and work 
      • Divorce

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-

A Wyoming native, Russ was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. After initially moving away from Wyoming to attend college he returned to complete his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming in 2007 with a degree in Social Work.  Following his degree at University of Wyoming, Russ earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

While he was attending college, Russ worked with people with developmental disabilities as well as working at a high school in Casper. After finishing college he helped to begin a program to work with people over the age of 65 with mental health concerns and then worked with people with substance abuse and addiction problems.  After completing his Master’s degree in 2009, Russ served our veterans at the VA hospital here in Cheyenne.  Russ worked with a wide variety of people, helping to ensure a better quality of life for
them and their families. Russ describes his therapy style as eclectic with grounding in cognitive behavioral therapy. 
At home, Russ and his wife are very busy with their two children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with my family, reading, and following the Denver Broncos and English soccer.



  • Colorado State University Master's Degree in Social Work                                                        2007 University of Wyoming Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
    • Areas of Practice
      • Trauma and Grief/Loss
      • Developmental Disabilities
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • LGBT
      • Academic Support and Intervention with Schools
      • Erratic Moods and Bipolar Disorder
      • Marriage and Family Counseling

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Alyson Hinman

I received a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wyoming.  I had my internship experience at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center, where I fostered an interest in treating complex trauma and substance abuse.  I am trained in EMDR therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy and am a licensed Acudetox Specialist. Currently, my interests are using EMDR therapy to treat chronic pain and complex trauma cases. I strongly believe that the well-being of our bodies must be incorporated into mental health treatment if it is to be successful.  On a more personal note, I grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming originally but I have lived here in Cheyenne for the past two years with my husband of three years and my two dogs. I enjoy participating in rec league sports, biking, walking my dogs, and playing card games with friends and family in my spare time. 


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Stephanie Kettl was born and raised in Casper, WY.  She attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies and a Minor in Sociology.  She then went on to complete a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education in 2005.  While in graduate school, she worked as an intern for the Albany County Peak Wellness Center Youth and Family Team doing individual, group and family therapy.  She moved to Aurora, Colorado in 2005 where she was a Treatment Coordinator at Excelsior Youth Center, a residential treatment center treating severely at risk adolescent females from around the country.  While at Excelsior, she facilitated individual, group and family therapy, along with canine and equine therapy groups.  After two years, she returned to Wyoming, where she worked on a contract through Wyoming Health Resources Network to help recruit mental health providers to the state of Wyoming.  For the past seven years, she has been a staff therapist at Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne providing adult outpatient mental health services.  Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Wyoming and is a National Board Certified Counselor.  She has also completed Level I and Level II EMDR training.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking and watching sports.


University of Wyoming: Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education/Social Studies; Minor in Sociology--2003
University of Wyoming: Master of Science in Counselor Education--2005
Areas of Treatment:
Adults and Adolescents
Trauma and Grief
Mood Disorder
Life Transition
Communication and Relationship Skills
Anger Management


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As your counselor, I will work to create a space for you to feel welcomed, protected and cared for. You will find the freedom to bring your truest self: all of your joys, shame and pain. Here we will walk together—at your pace—towards a deeper understanding of yourself in order to build an authentic life. I have found my passion in working with teens and adults who find themselves in painful places, whether from traumatic experiences or from the inner voices of shame, and working together towards healing and peace.

I am a National Certified Counselor and Provisional Professional Counselor in the state of Wyoming. I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. I have worked in a variety of behavioral and mental health settings with a diverse client population, enabling me to use my Spanish fluency. I worked with at-risk youth at a residential treatment facility, provided case management services to youth and families at a non-profit and provided individual and group counseling at a domestic violence shelter. I practice trauma counseling through EMDR Therapy and received EMDR Basic Training from the Maiberger Institute, an EMDRIA approved provider.

I have lived in Fort Collins, Colorado for nearly my entire life (I like to consider myself a native). During my free time, I love hiking, salsa dancing, walking my dog and spending time with my family and friends. We love eating Mexican food and being together. I have a huge heart for social justice and am passionate about abolishing human-trafficking in our country and abroad.


Sarah Rhodes


Sara Rhodes is a New Mexico native, who graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and from the University of Denver with a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health. She has been working within the Cheyenne community with the local community mental health center for the past two years. Sara has worked with children, youth, families and adults in different settings, and has experience working with several different presenting challenges.  Some of Sara’s areas of practice include children, teens, families, and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, behavioral issues, appropriate self-expression, communication skills, sibling rivalry and strengthening positive relationships between parent and child. Some of the treatment modalities Sara works with frequently include child centered play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, systematic family therapy, filial play therapy, motivational interviewing, and behavioral therapy. Sara firmly believes in the importance of a strong relationship between therapist and client and will work to facilitate a warm, welcoming environment for you to feel heard, validated, and comfortable. Sara also greatly values individualized treatment, and encourages you to advocate for your preferences and take an active role in your treatment.

In her free time Sara enjoys watching Netflix, reading, crafting, hanging out with friends, cooking and exploring Wyoming and Colorado.

Give the front desk a call or call Sara directly to begin your journey together!



Michelle Carlson

Michelle received her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Colorado State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.  Michelle is a trauma informed therapist who works with couples, families and individuals including children and teenagers. 

Specialized areas of practice include:  couples therapy, family therapy, pre-marital counseling, play therapy, anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorder.  

When she is not working, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors as well as traveling and exploring new places. 

Misty Saxon

Misty Saxon

Misty was born and raised in Cheyenne, WY. She attended Regis University for her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. She then attended the University of Phoenix to complete her Master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage, Family and Child therapy. She works with children, adults, families, and couples. Some of the therapy methods she uses are; Family Systems, Couple’s Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Areas of practice; behavior problems, anxiety, social skills, trauma, bullying, self-esteem, depression, LGBTQ, parenting, and healthy relationships. When she is not helping people, she enjoys time with family and friends.

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Jennifer Simpson


Jennifer Simpson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has spent the last 12 years working with youth and families at the community mental health center.  In 2007 she participated in a state sponsored 2 year program to learn to assess and treat children from birth to 5 years old.  Jennifer co created and facilitated a therapeutic playgroup that included parents and children ages 3-5 years . The group was created to help children and parents build relationship through play and also provide parents with resources on how to manage tantrums or other behavioral concerns.  This group was very successful and Jennifer was able to help present the structure and theory behind the group at the Wyoming Association for Play Therapy conference to help other clinicians around the state develop a similar groups. Since that time, Jennifer has worked primary with early childhood using a relationship based approach. She believes in working with the family system and often uses filial play therapy, a technique to teach parents play therapy skills. Jennifer also has experience working with mothers dealing with post partum depression or other anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the birth of a new baby. She has provided mental health consultation to other community agencies including Head Start and Stride. Jennifer is also certified in level I and II EMDR and has found success using this approach with children that have experienced trauma. Jennifer is a strong believer in the human animal bond and has been working with a therapy dog, Ava, for the last 7 years.  She is a Cheyenne native that cares about the community and wants to make a positive difference in the lives of children. 

marleyMarley (Therapy Assistant)

Meet Marley! Northern Star Counseling's therapy dog (in training). He is the sweetest English Bulldog you will meet; he is a great asset to the healing process. Let him assist you in your therapy journey today!