change the way you connect,
change the way you feel
let’s build your social and life toolbox
social skills & life tools
The technical term for “social skills” and “life skills” is “executive functions”.
Executive Functions are brain-based action skills that help us do things like plan, organize, make decisions, prioritize tasks, shift between situations, pace energy, control emotions, curb impulsivity, and learn from past mistakes.
They’re kind of a big deal!
You may have been told or even just noticed that you struggle with social skills or life management but may not know how to get help.
WHAT’S IN THE TOOLBOX
- Tools for HOW to make new connections
- Opportunities to meet new FRIENDS
- Strategies for communication & teamwork
- CONFIDENCE around peers
- Summer Camps, Excursions & Book Clubs
- TEEN NIGHT OUT events & activities
- Programs for ages 8 to 18 (grouped by age)
Come work with one of our Executive FunctionExecutive functioning is like ‘the boss’ in your brain that coordinates how to use mental energy, skills, and abilities. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based set of processes that have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. Coaches to learn important social skills & life tools used in everyday living. Get extra help working side-by-side with our Behavioral Health CoordinatorA BHC is our special team member who helps guide and support your care across providers. Think of the BHC as your personal go-to care advocate and motivator! creating resumes, job hunting, and making (and keeping) health goals.
Pssst. Parents! We have special sessions for you too.
Great group dynamic! The class was very welcoming and open for everyone to share 🙂
Teen Night Out Participant, 16 yrs old
what is the NEXT STEP?
Set up a WARM-UP CALL (for new students) or CHECK-IN CALL (for returning students) with Neurodevelopmental Psychologist Dr. Rachelle Hansen or Executive FunctionExecutive functioning is like ‘the boss’ in your brain that coordinates how to use mental energy, skills, and abilities. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based set of processes that have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. Program Director Katlyn Rohrer.
Give yourself the gift of social & life tools you’ll be able to use for life!
meet the skills team
Executive Function Coach and Program Lead
Katlyn Rohrer is in her Senior year studying Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her goals include attending graduate school and eventually working in Public Policy. She is passionate about youth development and support through the use of Restorative practice. Katlyn is an avid animal lover. In her lifetime, her family has owned four cats, three dogs, three guinea pigs, two rabbits, and a variety of turtles, lizards, and fish! Her parents are very patient and kind. She is grateful to be a part of the Stepping Stone team!
Rachelle Hansen, PhD, LP
Clinical Director & Founder
Dr. Rachelle Hansen received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. While there, she was actively involved in several rural health initiatives helping integrate in-home mental health services along with outpatient health and behavior services.
She completed both her Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she specialized in pediatric psychology as well as psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Her work included providing evaluations, behavioral interventions, and therapy to children, adolescents, parents, and families who are coping with medical conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr. Hansen has worked with children to adults at five different hospital systems, six rural health clinics, an inpatient and residential center, four private practices, a school-based therapy program, a community mental health clinic, and a neurology practice. In her life before practicing psychology, she was a reading specialist as well as working with families with children placed in protective care. She also ran a lab exploring genetic links to medical conditions in family lines including Egyptian Royal mummies!
Because of her unique background in biochemistry, education, and psychology, Dr. Hansen envisioned a clinic that would consider all three. One where patients can get the whole-person care they need from an integrated, collaborative team who offer a personalized approach to health. She does this work because she simply wants to help people feel and live better by working with their brain and body (instead of against them!). She's grateful to be a part of an environment where she (and the rest of the incredible team) can do just that.
Assessment and Executive Function Specialist
Dr. Renee von Weiss has a Doctorate from the University of Kansas in Clinical Psychology with specialization in health psychology across the lifespan. She gained additional training in clinical child and pediatric psychology during her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Florida. From there, she completed a one-year, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at the University of Louisville.
As a staff psychologist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for 8 years, Dr. von Weiss conducted psychological evaluations of children and adolescents presenting with a variety of developmental concerns, such as learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. She also provided therapy and inpatient consultation services for children, adolescents and families struggling with medical conditions. During her time at Children’s Hospital, Dr. von Weiss also supervised clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows through her involvement with Children’s APA-accredited internship program.
Dr. von Weiss specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations for patients who present with a variety of developmental and learning concerns. She works with the patient, family, and other providers to try to find a plan to help patients move forward in their life. She’s most passionate about treating anxiety and executive dysfunctions, as well as adjustment to and coping with acute and chronic medical and neurodevelopmental conditions. Overall, Dr. von Weiss takes a developmental, strengths-based approach to her practice.
Kris Lyons NBC-HWC, CHWC
Behavioral Health Coordinator
Kris Lyons, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, has a passion for integrating mindfulness practices into fitness, nutrition and overall wellness.
Her professional path began over 20 years ago when she started and led one of the first organic smoothie companies in Minneapolis. In the years since, she has run her own Pilates studio and provided fitness, nutrition, and stress-management classes for a wide range of organizations and audiences.
Kris is devoted to making the world a better place and she’s starting with you. She was recently granted permission to share her adaptation of the meditations, activities and prayers from The Book of Joy, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Kris brings her extensive teaching experience, plus a long list of certifications and areas of study, to her work as a Behavioral Health Coordinator and Wellness Educator.
take the first step to wellbeing
Stepping Stone Clinic offers a unique step-by-step approach to team-based mental health care that integrates and unites different treatments. We serve people of all ages and at all stages.
Come talk with our psychologists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, executive function coaches, and wellness specialists about our whole-person integrated care.
Mon: 9AM - 8PM
Tues: 9AM - 8PM
Wed: 9AM - 8PM
Thurs: 9AM - 8PM
Fri: 9AM - 2PM
Sat: 9AM - 2PM
6625 Lyndale Ave South, Suite 500
Richfield, MN 55423
*Free covered parking in back
*For emergencies, please contact the MN mobile crisis line (call 612-348-2233 or send a text to 741741) or go to your nearest emergency room.