Mount Olivet Counseling Service

Staff Pictures and Bios

John R. Henrich, M.Div.,  PsyD.,LP,    Director

John is Director of the Counseling Service and a licensed psychologist with a background and training in counseling, teaching, pastoral care and counseling, and nonprofit consultation. He has served as a Lutheran pastor, hospital and hospice chaplain, interim minister, and psychiatric hospital technician (mental health professional). A graduate of Muhlenberg College (BA, English), the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (M.Div, pastoral counseling), and the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (PsyD), he has training and expertise in assessment, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision. John works with individuals and couples. He is trained and experienced in offering EMDR and hypnosis with clients struggling with depression or anxiety. John works five days a week at Mount Olivet Counseling Service. He has been a licensed psychologist since 2000.


Shannon Himango, MA, LMFT

Shannon provides the general practice of counseling for clients age 7 through adulthood, couples and families. Her focus involves increasing awareness of patterned behavior, stress/conflict management, self-talk, relationships to others and intentionality in self-care to create a healthier lifestyle for the future.  She utilizes cognitive behavioral, narrative and solution focused therapies as well as creative art therapy and play therapy techniques.   Her areas of interest: Anxiety and Depression, Relationship Issues, Couples and Families, Individuation and Personal Growth, Parenting Support/Coaching, Divorce Transition and Co-parenting Support for Children and Families, Assertive Communication Skills, Mindfulness, Relaxation Practices,   Work-Life Balance, Eldercare Issues, Sexual Concerns, Sexual/Gender Identity, LGBTQ Affirmative. Shannon works five days a week at Mt. Olivet Counseling Service.  She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2006.


Jillian Simpson, PsyD.,LP


Jillian is a graduate of North Central University (BS Psychology) and earned an MA in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and a Psy.D. from the University of St. Thomas. She has worked as a psychologist at Hazelden and Health Partners, and has expertise in working with chemical dependency and complicated trauma. She also enjoys working with young mothers in transition to parenthood. Jillian works four days a week at Mount Olivet Counseling Service. She has been a licensed professional counselor since 2011 and a licensed psychologist since 2013.


Gayle Vaughan, MA, LMFT

Gayle holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas, and a school counseling license from St. Cloud State and Marriage and Family Therapy certificate from St. Mary’s University. Her day job is school counselor in Lakeville, and she enjoys coming to Mt. Olivet to talk with adults, for both couples and individual counseling. Gayle works two evenings a week at Mount Olivet Counseling Service. She has been a licensed school counselor since 2002 and a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2008.

Katie Walker, MA, LMFT

Katie is thrilled to be part of the Mount Olivet team, on which she offers individual, couples, and group therapy for clients adolescents and older. Her approach to therapy is centered on collaboration and building strong interpersonal relationships, always with a focus on helping clients meet the goals most important to them. She offers ten years’ experience gained in both hospital and community settings, holds a graduate degree from Saint Mary’s University, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family in Therapist in Minnesota. Katie is currently accepting new clients for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

Sara Watne, MA, LPCC


Sara Watne holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and a certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Bethel College. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Sara believes in the equality and equal access of counseling services for all. She has worked with diverse populations in many settings since beginning mental health work in 2003. At Mt. Olivet she provides counseling services to children and adolescents and their families. Sara utilizes traditional “talk therapy” with adolescents and adults and a play therapy approach with younger children. In all her work she keeps in mind something Mister Rogers once said, “Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.” Special areas of interest include parenting through connection, sensory processing difficulties, attention and hyperactivity concerns and supporting families formed through adoption. She works one evening per week. 


Tanner Hall, MA practicum student



Tanner Hall is a Saint Mary’s University graduate student completing a yearlong clinical psychotherapy internship. His interests in adult mental health include anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder; life transitions; and stress reduction. His approach draws from cognitive therapies and is strength-based and solution-focused. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. He honors diversity and is LGBTQ affirming: all are welcome.




Anne Lied, office manager

Anne is the office manager and “communication hub” of the Counseling Service, scheduling appointments and providing office support for the therapists. Anne enjoys gardening and romping in the yard with Barney her rescue dog, when she is not answering phones, making appointments and keeping the center staff organized.

Fritz Ferris, M.D., internist


Dr. Fredrick O. Ferris is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical school and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He has practiced Internal Medicine in St. Paul since 1977. One of his interests in primary care is mental health disorders. He has been seeing patients at the Mt. Olivet Counseling Clinic once a month for the last 15 years. He has been a member of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church since 1972.


Ron Groat, M.D., psychiatrist

 Dr. Ron Groat has a private psychiatry practice in Minnetonka providing psychiatry for adults and older adolescents. He provides medication assessment and consultation for existing clients of Mt. Olivet Counseling and coordinates care with Mt. Olivet therapists and other health care providers.