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.

Dan Connor, MA, LMFT

Dan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA, Psychology & social work), where he also worked in a crisis center dealing with student depression and anxiety. He holds an MA from Adler Graduate School in psychotherapy. He studied somatic therapy and the treatment of trauma from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Boulder Colorado. He is trained and experienced in the use of clinical hypnosis, and works with individuals and couples, treating anxiety, depression, abuse, assault/trauma, shame, and couples going through difficult situations. Dan works three days a week at Mount Olivet Counseling Service. He has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2009.



Suzanne Derheim, MA, LMFT


Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA, Psychology), & St. Mary’s University of the Twin Cities (MA in Counseling Psychology) and holds a certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy. Suzanne generally works with children ages ten to eighteen. Typical presenting issues include; depression, anxiety, life or developmental transitions and relationship concerns.  Her goal is to help youth and their families create desired changes within their current family system, that they can also carry into future relationships.  Suzanne often draws from narrative, structural and experiential strategies.  Suzanne also works with troubled teens at the Northeast Youth and Family Services in Shoreview during the day. Suzanne works one evening a week at Mount Olivet Counseling Service. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2007 and a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2014.




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.

Marisa Vape, MA practicum student


Marisa received her BA from Skidmore College. She is our current intern and will be completing a yearlong practicum here at Mount Olivet as she finishes her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Psychological Services at St. Mary's University of Minnesota   Her interests are anxiety, depression, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement, cross-cultural issues and immigration. She enjoys working with individuals and doing group therapy. She is interested in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and working with young adults and adults. She also believes in the healing power of pets, animals and nature as a way to feel connected and empower ourselves. 



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.