Sometimes families need an objective approach to help solve life’s problems. Consultation Services can bring people together in a safe place, define the problem, develop a plan and identify resources to achieve desirable results. Our professional staff facilitates meetings for families who are concerned about a loved one, whether it is an older adult or a person with mental health challenges who would benefit from a coordinated plan of services and care.
Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Our licensed therapists help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems that cause emotional turmoil, improve communication and coping skills and symptom management, strengthen self-esteem, promote behavior change, feel better and function at their best. Our counseling services include individual psychotherapy for adults, adolescents & children, couples therapy, family therapy, play therapy, parenting coaching, grief support and more. Our services are confidential. We accept most insurance including Medicare.
Family Life Education (FLE) takes JFCS out into the community and brings the community into JFCS through presentations, trainings, workshops, classes, support groups, individual meetings and consultations. Customized programming includes topics such as parenting, teacher trainings, interfaith challenges, bullying, grief and loss, supporting caregivers, and building healthy relationships. AskBarbara is an online parenting advice column of FLE, which is featured in JFCS’ electronic newsletter e-Directions. It takes your questions and confidentially provides an answer that is useful to all parents.
Professional case managers assist adults living with mental health challenges by coordinating and obtaining a wide range of services for them, individually tailored to help promote and maintain independence, stability and health. We encourage and promote maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and community.
This is a dynamic program designed to enhance marital growth and revitalize relationships. The JFCS Counseling Department assists couples of all types – those considering marriage, newly engaged couples, gay/lesbian couples, and those married for years. Through PREPARE/ENRICH, couples can assess their compatibility, learn to resolve differences, handle financial decisions and strengthen their communication skills.
This program serves Jews and their families encountering life-altering medical situations who are looking for a spiritual connection, but are unaffiliated with a synagogue. The Healing Program has created a vital partnership with Twin Cities hospitals, nursing homes and hospices in an ongoing effort to provide culturally-sensitive care and spiritual support to their Jewish patients. Trained volunteers and clergy visit those in health care situations who are in need of healing.
Jill Kozberg, MA, LP is a Licensed Psychologist and life coach. She is the Program Manager of counseling services. Jill received her Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. She has been in the behavioral healthcare field for more than 25 years. She works with individuals, couples, families and work groups. Jill’s areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, relationship and marriage enrichment, goal setting, decision making, communication, grief and loss, crisis intervention, change management, and life transitions. Through her work she offers clients feedback, structure and strategies for problem solving.
Carole Cera, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been at JFCS for over 25 years. Carole received her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1975, and her BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1974. Carole specializes in relationship issues, crisis intervention, teens, play therapy, looking at people and their environment, and professional clinical supervision. Carole is also the Program Manager of Intake & Resource Connection, and the Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program.
Mark Kaufman, MSW, LICSW graduated from University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University. He has worked in mental health for over 10 years. He has experience working with people with depression, anxiety, disabilities, and severe mental illness. Mark partners with people to seek the changes for which they hope, helping people to look at the interactions between thoughts, emotions, situations, and behavior.
Michel Rousseau, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received his Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas. Michel has experience working with adults, families, and groups within the context of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and life transition. His approach focuses on bolstering the inherent strengths that all clients possess in order to help them identify healthy coping strategies and promote overall well-being.