Meet Our Team

Matt Atkins, PhD, LP

Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director

I believe it takes a great deal of courage to reach out for help, and I hope to provide the support and treatment you are seeking. As a psychologist, I strive to create a safe space where you can begin to address the challenges in your life and start to heal. Whether seeking help for yourself or someone close to you, finding a professional to trust can be a difficult challenge. The majority of my work is focused on helping individuals negotiate the emotional setbacks they encounter throughout their lives. Feeling disconnected from ourselves and others, individuals can easily become depressed, anxious, or feel broken. My work in individual therapy focuses upon helping my clients to reconnect to stronger parts of themselves.  I utilize an integrative approach that combines the science of psychology with interpersonal warmth, acceptance and understanding. I have clinical expertise in mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, trauma, including adolescent and adult sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, relationship violence/domestic violence, military combat, and substance use disorders.
When working with individuals who have encountered trauma in their lives, I recognize that this experience often leaves them with the sense that a significant part of who they are has been lost. Trauma, including abuse, neglect, and life-threatening events, may cause some to feel anxious, scared, angry, and confused. As a psychologist, I have specialized training in working with individuals who have encountered such trauma.

My work with individuals struggling with substance use disorders and addiction takes into consideration the fact that often times the struggles individuals face are exacerbated by their ineffective attempts to cope. This tendency cannot be demonstrated more clearly as it is in the case of addiction and chemical dependency. The course of addiction can be long and painful, and it may often feel as though hope is not available. Despite this, millions of individuals have battled through addiction and are able to lead healthy, vibrant lives. If addiction is affecting your life, and you are looking to recover, therapy can be an important part of the equation. As a psychologist, I have received extensive training in the area of substance dependence and have helped many individuals looking to recover from the pain of addiction.

I obtained my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas and completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System in Substance Use Disorders. I am currently a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota and am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). I work at Club Recovery as the Clinical Director and strive to ensure that individuals who come to Club Recovery receive comprehensive care for their mental health and substance use challenges. I maintain flexible work-hours designed to assure you get the help you need without having to significantly interfere with the other important parts of your life, including work and family. I also encourage you to contact me with any questions.

Craig Johnson, LADC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
MN Certified Gambling Treatment Provider

As a licensed addictions counselor and mental health practitioner with Club Recovery I understand very well and see myself in the people I serve. I have come to develop my perspective on treatment from my own journey in recovery and by pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees focusing on addiction and psychology. I completed the Addiction Studies Program at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, and earned my Master’s Degree at St. Mary’s University in Counseling and Psychology. I have participated in various studies and continuing education programs to enhance my clinical capabilities and believe I have developed an effective and eclectic approach to the treatment of addiction.

My goal with all of my clients is to provide an opportunity for them to learn about the disease of addiction, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan centered on specific skills they will need to be successful in recovery, and to learn new thinking and coping skills to live a meaningful productive life. I strive to empower clients to take responsibility for their own lives by imparting to them the skills to identify self-defeating behaviors and examine patterns of thinking, feeling and responding.

The first step in this process is to acknowledge that one’s repeated attempts to end the cycle of addiction require more than just willpower. Recovery is a process of learning how to live differently. I’m ready to be with you in this processes leading to a happier life.

Craig is the primary assessor at Club Recovery, interviewing individuals to determine what form of therapy is best suited based on that person’s needs and risks, whether at our facility or elsewhere. Craig also runs our gambling program Monday and Thursday evenings.

Kate Burek, LADC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

I believe that when people with substance use disorders are treated with respect, kindness and positivity they have a greater potential to make meaningful changes in their lives. I seek to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for learning and growth.  My key interests in counseling include the science of substance use disorder and recovery, anti-stigma and human rights for people with use disorders, mindfulness, motivational interviewing and personal resilience.  No one approach is right for every person in recovery.  I believe that knowledge, flexibility, choices and safety help each individual find a perspective and path that works for her or him.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in History.  After graduation, I worked in occupational health and safety and in environmental management compliance for the construction industry for a number of years.    I began working at Club Recovery in 2010 in administration and insurance coordination.  My experiences working at a treatment program, led me to seek and complete my addiction studies certificate at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and become a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

I am committed to providing my clients with the safety, knowledge and skills needed to transform their lives in the way they desire. I recognize the risk that individuals take in reaching out for help, and work to honor that whenever I meet with someone who has bravely begun the journey.

Kate leads our Women’s Intensive Outpatient Therapy group weekday mornings and a mixed gender group on Saturdays.

Ryan Kordiak, ADC-T

Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Trainee

I have been given the opportunity to work alongside individuals struggling with substance use disorders and addiction issues for the past 5 years. In that time, I have marveled at the courage, resiliency, compassion, and intelligence of those with whom I work. For those of us who have walked the long day’s journey of substance abuse and addiction into night, we may feel there are few places to turn. As a person in long term recovery I can relate with the feelings of bewilderment, loss, pain, and inescapable worry that can inhibit an individual from seeking help. As a clinician, I understand that addiction is a treatable disease, is all too common, and is one of the greatest health issues we as a society face today.

I am extremely passionate about recovery from alcohol and drugs and enjoy sharing that passion with clients. I strongly believe that recovery from addiction not only provides an individual with a second chance at life, but offers a quality of life that was previously unimaginable. As a clinician, I feel that it is important to be genuine and to meet an individual where they are. I strive to help my clients cope with feelings of shame and guilt towards their substance use, and work from the perspective of “good person, bad disease.” I also strive to encourage my clients by reinforcing the concept that they have the power to rise up each day and make things better.

I have worked as an addictions counselor at Club Recovery since 2014, after receiving my B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University. Prior to entering the clinical field I worked with individuals in early recovery as a sober house manager. I was also in the military for over 10 years, and have served multiple combat deployments to Iraq and peace keeping deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo. I currently work at Club Recovery as an (ADC-T) alcohol and drug counselor, and facilitate the men’s evening and Saturday Intensive Outpatient Treatment groups.

Ryan facilitates the Men’s Intensive Outpatient Therapy group on weekday evenings and a mixed gender group on Saturdays.

Chris Lawler, LADC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

I approach counseling from a strengths-based, humanistic and relational-cultural perspective and have worked with programs that utilize motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and harm reduction approaches. I also have experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and have found this work to be energizing and meaningful. I entered the helping professions in 2002 when I began working with youth experiencing homelessness and conflict within the home, and their families. During this time I obtained my BA from Metropolitan State University in 2005 in their Individualized Degree Program, with concentration in Social Work, Psychology and Human Services. My work with runaway and homeless youth continued until 2011 when I returned to Metropolitan State University to study addiction counseling. My experience as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) has included facilitating the Helping Men Recover curriculum in an outpatient setting, providing drug and alcohol counseling in a residential program for youth who have experienced sex trafficking and through a community-based mental health program as a high school based LADC. One of my driving passions has been establishing a local alternative sober support group, Save Our Selves (SOS), in the Twin Cities and helping clients explore approaches to maintaining recovery that are individualized.

I believe some of the many possible components to successful recovery are facilitating supportive, meaningful connections between individuals, establishing a new sense of self in recovery and finding humor in everyday situations. I strive to integrate these beliefs in my work with clients and work passionately to help clients heal.

Nicholas Anderson, LPC, LADC

Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Director of Outreach

For too long addiction and mental health issues have been neglected and stigmatized in our society. I’m trying to do my part to change that.

As a staff counselor and director of outreach at Club Recovery, it is my mission to aid those who are struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues. I hope to achieve this mission through direct counseling work combined with community outreach and education.

I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in Minnesota with over 10 years of experience. My experience includes individual, couple, and group counseling in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

In my work with clients, I utilize positive psychology which builds on a person’s strengths as a basis for change. Also, every counseling theory and technique I use is backed by scientific evidence which are known as evidence based therapies.

My specialization is in relapse prevention and healing psychological trauma. I currently hold certifications as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist.

Other interests outside of work include: spending time with friends and family, physical fitness, MN sports, grilling, photography, music, movies, yoga, meditation, reading, and the outdoors.

Nicholas facilitates the mixed gender Intensive Outpatient Therapy group on weekday evenings and is our Director of Outreach.

Sarah Atkins, PhD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

I believe each of us has unique strengths and experiences that allow us to navigate life’s challenges. However, sometimes, we find ourselves struggling, and no matter how hard we try; our usual ways of coping do not work, and we cannot seem to find a way out on our own. As a psychologist, I recognize that it can be very difficult to seek help. I believe that a collaborative, trusting, and empathic therapeutic relationship serves as the foundation for clients to experience meaningful growth and change.

My therapeutic approach is grounded in psychodynamic theory and incorporates aspects of family systems, developmental, emotion-focused, and cognitive behavioral theories. I collaborate with my clients to explore their concerns and develop a shared understanding of the changes they want to make in their lives. I believe that examining client’s past relational experiences, patterns, and ways of coping is essential to understanding the causes of current struggles, expanding self-understanding, and creating helpful changes in the present. Throughout the therapy process, I strive to help clients recognize and utilize their strengths, as they take steps toward their goals.

Mental health concerns often contribute to difficulty recovering from substance use disorders. As a psychologist at Club Recovery, I provide individual therapy for clients with mental health concerns, and collaborate closely with Club Recovery’s group counselors to provide client’s holistic care. I specialize in providing individual therapy to clients recovering from trauma (e.g., childhood abuse or neglect, sexual assault, relationship violence); facing issues in their family of origin or other relationships; experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions (e.g., career, parenting, divorce); or suffering from anxiety or depression. I also have training in conducting couples and family therapy. In addition to providing therapy services at Club Recovery, I coordinate outcomes research and outreach within the community. These roles allow me the opportunity to connect the ideas and practices of Club Recovery, to the efforts of other groups and organizations within the Twin Cities.

I earned a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Child and Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. I have had the opportunity to work with diverse clients in a variety of settings including, community mental health, hospital, college counseling, and private practice. These experiences have fostered a deep respect and appreciation for helping facilitate the growth and change process of others. I invite you to give me a call to discuss your unique situation and to consider together what you may need.

Evelyn Washington, LADC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

My interest in chemical dependency began as I tried to understand how predisposing factors in early adolescence can be shaped through biological and social influences. I am passionate to help people through traumatic experiences from chemical dependency and substance use disorders. I strive to support clients as they rebuild healthy perceptions of themselves while also encouraging them to establish strong relationships with their family and community. I enjoy working with adults who may be struggling with addiction by developing individualized treatment strategies.

I believe that the integration of various evidence-based approaches is crucial for recovery in shaping behavior and emotional and psychological needs. I value cognitive-behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT); emphasizing how behavior, emotional experiences, and thinking can significantly impact how we heal. When working with clients, I also like to focus on the importance of mindfulness-based approaches in the reduction of psychological and physiological symptoms.

Currently, I am a senior at Argosy University of Minnesota pursing a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in chemical dependency. My achievements at Argosy University include Department of Chair Achievement Awards and Leadership Scholarship.

Kristen Baker, LADC Intern

Bio coming soon