Dawn Pappas, MSW, LICSW, DBTC

 Graduating with honors in 2000 with her Master of Social Work, Dawn moved to the Park Rapids area with her young family, seeking the benefits of small-town lake living.  She gained valuable experience at the community mental health center in town, and went on to manage the Park Rapids office along with her full-time clinical practice.  

Dawn has been a business owner since 2010.  GroupWorks represents the culmination of her work and training, with a focus on helping people realize comprehensive changes in the way they think, behave and feel, both inwardly and outwardly.  With a focus on self-awareness and the person’s physiology, Dawn is able to educate clients on specific strategies to notice, observe and ultimately change their responses to stress.  Her practice consists of children 10 and up, teens, adults, couples and families.  She treats a wide array of conditions including anxiety, chronic pain, inattention, depression, PTSD, trauma, life stress and sleep problems.  She works collaboratively with your physician and others to assure positive outcomes.  She has specialized training in breathwork, peripheral biofeedback and neurofeedback, all of which she integrates into talk therapy sessions.  Dawn is a hands-on therapist, providing clients with feedback and assistance with problem-solving.  Her clients find her active in their attempts to make positive changes, whether it be brainstorming after a setback or cheering them on for progress made.  

Deb Farrell, MSW, LICSW, DBTC

Deborah is a Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the Park Rapids area for more than ten years.  Deb is known for a warm, relaxed, and comfortable approach to counseling.  Deb embraces an integrative approach to therapy, which means utilizing a variety of orientations and therapies in order to meet the client’s needs. Deb's approach is one of respect, caring concern, acceptance, and non-judgment.  Deb works with clients from a strength-based perspective, supporting clients in using their current strengths to build new capacities for solving their life difficulties.  Deb works with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, other mental health disorders, sexual trauma and behavior, unresolved emotional issues, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss, relationship/family concerns, and counseling for personal and emotional growth, 

Deb has a life-long commitment to service in a client focused way and has previous involvement and experiences consistent with those goals, bringing a richness of knowledge to the work of therapist. She considers herself blessed to work in a profession that she feels passionate about and finds rewarding.  Deb notes, "I consider it a privilege to be allowed into my clients' inner lives, and to walk beside them through healing, change, and self-empowerment." 

Jessica Baum, MA

Jessica has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Saint Thomas.  She has worked in community-based counseling and mental health services since 2012. Jessica's focus and passions are fostering personal growth and empowerment, teaching mindfulness and self-compassion skills to assist clients in developing emotional resources, and supporting psychological flexibility. Jessica has experience working with clients to reduce symptoms of social and generalized anxiety, depression (both Major and Bipolar depression), panic attack, phobia, trauma, and the emotional consequences of chronic pain. She has extensive experience helping clients find new and creative ways to transform reactive anger and other forms of emotional dysregulation by exploring the mind-body relationship and redirecting responses to agitation, pain, and discomfort. Jessica strives to create a safe and trusting space for clients to explore problems non-judgmentally and honestly, identify and build strengths, develop self-acceptance, and a sense of wellbeing. 

Jessica Bilquist,

Jessica Burkhamer, MSW, LICSW, DBTC

Jessica Burkhamer, MSW, LICSW, DBT brings over 30 years of clinical experience to GroupWorks Wellness and Recovery in Park Rapids, MN. Jessica specializes in children and adolescents having neurobehavioral disorders and children birth through age 5. She is also certified as a Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBT) for all ages.  Jessica is a national speaker on parenting since 2003 and educates therapists, educators, parents, and students on her book.  Jessica graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1988 with a BA in Arts with a specialty in Social Work and a Minor in Criminal Justice. Jessica received her Master’s in Social Work from Highlands University in New Mexico in 1989. She began specializing in experiential therapy, enjoying being outside on wilderness adventures or on the ROPES course. She has worked with corporate leaders, school teams, couples, and families to learn new ways to problem-solve, strategize, communicate, and empower themselves for a productive outcome Jessica believes in being actively involved in her community to increase awareness and help find solutions for at-risk children and adolescents. To that end, she has served on many task forces both in Nevada and MN. She currently serves as the Board President for Rising Hope Foundation raising awareness and finances to build freedom homes for adolescent females rescued from sex trafficking.

Monica Watson, MA

Monica Watson is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who is currently under clinical supervision working on becoming a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She is a graduate of the Clinical Social Work program at St. Scholastica and also received her Bachelors of Social Work from St. Scholastica.  Monica has worked in the nonprofit sector, county case management and is also currently a Licensed School Social Worker. 

Monica’s approach to therapy is one that incorporates Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and other strength-based modalities that will help the client meet their therapeutic goals.  She is currently working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist, is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is trained in Birth to Five Assessment and Diagnosis. Monica works with young children, adolescents, and their families.