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Superior Counseling LLC is composed of licensed and experienced mental health therapists.

Meet Our Professionals

Andrea Wells
“My professional experience includes expertise in crisis intervention and de-escalation, trauma, and family systems issues.”

Andrea Wells

Andrea is the founder and Clinical Director of Superior Counseling LLC. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Minnesota, she has more than 12 years of experience in a variety of areas of mental health. She sees therapy as a collaborative progression every step of the way, from the initial intake to discharge. Together, we look at the client’s strengths and place emphasis on what we know is already working. We tailor treatment for each client based on their individual needs.

Andrea is trained in TF-CBT, CBT, EMDR, Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Alpha-Stim, and Love and Logic parenting curriculum. Her studies and continued education have focused on trauma and play therapy. She is also trained to assess children under the age of 5. She provides clinical supervision for those individuals who are looking to be fully licensed.

Education: Andrea Wells received her Bachelor Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work, with an emphasis in mental health, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Personal Interests: Andrea enjoys the outdoors and sunshine. Her family plays a big role in her life, as well as her pets. She has three dogs and one cat she enjoys dearly. In her free time, she appreciates running, going to the beach, making jewelry, scrapbooking, and spending time learning about and working with essential oils.

E-mail: Andrea@SuperiorCounseling.org


Shelly Symons

Shelly Symons

Shelly is the Treatment Director and a psychotherapist for Superior Counseling LLC. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of MN Duluth with focus in sociology, psychology, and cultural studies. After graduating, she joined AmeriCorps where she worked with homeless and runaway youth and their families through a community mental health agency. This is where she discovered her passion for working with youth who have experienced chronic family stress and trauma. After completing her service term, she returned to UMD and received a Master of Social Work degree. She has since obtained her Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) status in 2015.

Shelly has served children and families in various roles for 10+ years. These have included domestic violence advocacy, respite care for children in transitional housing, day treatment, skills training (CTSS), and psychotherapy. She enjoys working with children of all ages from early childhood through adolescence and who experience an array of symptoms and life circumstances. She most often treats children with trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, early childhood interventions (play therapy, parenting modalities, and DC0-5 diagnostic manual for assessing children age 5 and under), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Managing and Adapting Practice, and Alpha-Stim/Cranial Electrotherapy.

Shelly’s approach to therapy is based on creating a validating and accepting atmosphere that is free of shame or judgment. She uses a client-centered approach to treatment planning which means that her role is to help the client (or family) set their own goals, find their motivation, and then identify the steps to help them reach their goals. She also believes in an environmental (person-in-environment) approach for recovery. Because of this, she thinks it is important to give caregivers and other providers the tools to support children in between sessions and help the child generalize what they are learning into their everyday life.

E-mail: Shelly@SuperiorCounseling.org
Location: 199 Chestnut Ave., #201, Carlton, MN 55718


Tierney Garver

Tierney Garver

Tierney Garver, MSW, LGSW, LADC has worked in the mental health field providing services to adolescents and adults since 2013. Tierney graduated with a master’s in clinical social work from the College of St. Scholastica in 2017 and completed her licensure for substance use counseling in 2014 with an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. Tierney has experience working within outpatient, partial hospital, and inpatient hospital settings with adolescents and adults with both mental health and substance use disorders.

She specializes in working with adults, young adults ages 18-25, and adolescents ages 14-17 who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders. Tierney is also experienced in and has worked with many youth and young adults experiencing exploitation and trafficking and is a part of the Safe Harbor community of providers in the Duluth and Cloquet areas.

She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness-based practices and works from a strengths-based, person-centered, relational approach. Tierney has been trained in Love and Logic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Not A Number (trafficking curriculum), and EMDR. She is currently working towards finishing her certification for EMDR and will be obtaining full licensure (LICSW) this summer.

When not working, Tierney is often enjoying her time outside with her friends and family, kayaking, fishing, reading, and hunting for agates as well as snowboarding and ice fishing in the winter, her favorite season. Tierney currently sees clients in the Duluth office and the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program School (CAAEP).


Renee Burns

Renee Burns, MSW, LGSW

Renee’s approach to mental health starts with meeting each person where they are in their journey and walking beside them as they identify their own goals, wishes, and hopes. She utilizes a relational, mindfulness, and strength-based approach to work with individuals across the life span. She brings over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. A graduate of Prescott College, in AZ, and the College of St. Scholastica, Renee has worked in public school, private, outdoor, and residential settings, as well as locally for Essentia Health’s Amberwing program.

Renee incorporates numerous modalities for treatment, however her core belief is that change happens through experience. Along with traditional “talk” therapy, Renee engages with her clients through experiential and dynamic activities such as art, walking, hiking, journaling, somatic, and other activities. Recognizing the therapeutic value of animals, Renee often will ask for assistance from her dog, Abe and/or cat, Deltron for those who find it easier to communicate with fur creatures over humans. She has a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative, Trauma-focused, and Nature-based therapy to name a few.

When not working with clients, you can often find Renee enjoying outdoor activities with her family and friends, snuggling with her pets, listening to music, and planning her next travel adventure.


Kate Everson

Kate Everson MSEd, LPC, LPCC

Kate has worked in the mental health field since 2002. Kate graduated with her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from UW-LaCrosse in 2001 and has held CTRS certification since 2002. Kate graduated from UW-Superior with her master’s degree in community counseling in 2010. Kate has experience working on an inpatient mental health unit and in a community mental health setting, servicing both adolescents and adults.

Kate specializes in working with individuals 13 and older who experience symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. She also has experience in working with individuals who have physical and intellectual disabilities.

Kate utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, EMDR, TF-CBT, and experiential therapies. Kate has been trained in all these modalities.
When not working, Kate enjoys spending time outside with her family and friends, photography, reading, travel, crafting and watching baseball. Kate currently sees clients in the Duluth office, Northwestern High School, and Solon Springs School District.


Paige Konrad

Paige Konrad, MA, LMFT, LPC, LPCC

Paige has been working in the mental health field for 9+ years, providing services to children, adolescents and young adults. Paige graduated with her master’s degree from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014, and previously had been working as an ABA therapist with children with Autism. Since graduating with her master’s degree, Paige has worked as a mental health therapist in community mental health.

Paige specializes in working individuals, early childhood through young adulthood, treating trauma, depression, anxiety, ASD, ADHD, and other behavioral disorders. Paige is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has a post-graduate certificate in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy. Paige has received further training in working with individuals diagnosed with autism, as well as developmental delays. Paige approaches therapy by working with the individual/family collaboratively to find the best course of treatment to help them meet their goals.

In her free time, Paige enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets (who have become part of her family). She enjoys crafting, trying out new escape rooms, playing board games, reading, and being outdoors. Paige currently sees clients in the Duluth office.


Paige Wright

Paige Wright, MSW, LGSW

Paige Wright, is new to Superior Counseling LLC, having recently graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in August of 2020 as a mental health/clinical scholar. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and her Human Services Degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Paige has experience working with at-risk youth, families who have experienced trauma, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Paige is knowledgeable in Circle of Security, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a DBT-informed practice and is currently working on obtaining her TF-CBT certification.

In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family, reading, enjoying the weather when it’s warm, and loving her cat, Herman.