Our Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Dr. Tamarah Gehlen, LMFT, LADC, CCTP, FLE

Owner & Founder

Dr. Tam (she/her) is a national-level speaker with 3 TEDx talks available online, an author, and a graduate-level professor of addiction and mental health at St. Mary’s University Twin Cities. She is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community, helping individuals and families address addiction and mental health concerns, as well as grief and loss. She has a strong track record of supporting persons who are in demanding positions navigate stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout, and can also provide leadership coaching and mentoring.

If you are seeking to become the best and most authentic version of yourself – Dr. Tam will be a powerful partner in your journey.

Dr. Tam utilizes holistic approaches to care. She favors Solution Focused Therapy methods, Adlerian Counseling, and Internal Family Systems approaches to the work she does with clients. She brings humor, directness, and deep compassion to the work she does with others.

Get in touch: Dr.Tam@transformationaltherapymn.com or 612-465-9910

Janel Olson, MHP, LADC

Mental Health Practitioner

Janelle (She/Her) believes in the power of personal narratives. She has significant lived and professional experience with relational struggles, grief and loss, empowerment, and resilience. Janel enjoys working with clients ages 13+ and works collaboratively with clients to help define powerful moments of change through interpersonal connections and personal empowerment.  She utilizes a holistic approach through a systems lens, to find the best path to self-empowerment, enabling clients to make informed choices. 

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Relational-Cultural Therapy approaches, she empowers her clients to examine their personal narratives as this holds tremendous authority in how we move through life – from how we make decisions, interact with others, interpret ourselves – these narratives can impact our relationships and mental health. 

Get in touch: janelle@transformationaltherapymn.com or call 612-699-1777

Joy Langenburg

Mental Health and Addiction Intern, Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Joy (she/her) has always had a heart for helping others and walking alongside people on their journey to live authentically. She has a background in biology and believes in the mind-body connection. She strives to be a safe space and ally for the LGBTQ+ community, especially adolescents and young adults who are struggling with coming out to loved ones and self-acceptance. She also is passionate about helping persons with addiction, depression, and anxiety to find hope and healing.

Joy’s therapeutic approach is person-centered with an emphasis on understanding the whole person and helping her clients understand the mind-body connection for holistic healing. Her goal is to help people achieve constructive change and increase positive self-regard as they work through life transitions such as divorce, the loss of a loved one, and the addiction recovery process.  Everyone has a story that is worth telling, and it is her goal to meet people where they are with empathy and transparency.

Get in touch: joy@transformationaltherapymn.com or 612-548-4691

Layla Berenjian, LADC

Mental Health Practitioner

Layla (she/her) is a second-generation Iranian immigrant, who comes from a lineage of storytellers. Because of this, clients’ stories hold immense importance to her. Her cultural values emphasize treating people with dignity and respect, especially those who have been labeled as “difficult” or “oppositional” by others.

Layla’s therapeutic approach, grounded in holistic, mind-body, and compassionate inquiry techniques, allows her to recognize and empower clients’ voices and strengths across various aspects of their life.

She works with clients ages 10+ from all walks of life addressing challenges such as navigating stress and mood disorders, approaching addiction or substance use concerns through a harm-reduction lens, processing childhood trauma and experiences, managing daily expectations and responsibilities of everyday life, coping with a post-pandemic world, combating perfectionistic tendencies, and exploring the complexities of relationships.

Get in touch: layla@transformationaltherapymn.com or 612-234-2246


Leah Good (she/her) is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience serving patients from diverse walks of life. She has worked in community mental health, chronic and acute inpatient psychiatry, and outpatient settings. Leah has experience with the diagnosis and treatment of all major mental health conditions, with special interest in treatment resistance, women’s health, expanding quality care for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, rural, and geriatric communities, as well as holistic treatment options.

Leah uses a supportive, judgement-free approach and feels it is important to get to know her patients as individuals. She seeks to collaborate with her patients to create a treatment plan that is medically evidence based, but does not reduce anyone or the treatment they receive to simply a diagnosis or label. Leah’s goal is for no one that she speaks with to feel unseen or unheard. 

Get in touch: leah@transformationaltherapymn.com or 952-592-0116

Susan Roers, LICSW, LADC

Mental Health Professional

Susan (she/her) has an enthusiasm for helping individuals thrive in their life and in all kinds of relationships.  She provides a comfortable environment while meeting clients where they are at in their journey, and believes that everyone has a variety of inner resources and strengths that just need to be tapped into to live a life that they can be truly proud of. 

Susan has significant experience working with teens in educational settings, outpatient therapy, partial hospitalization and residential treatment centers.  Her areas of expertise include adjustment disorders, eating disorders, chemical health issues, anxiety, depression and trauma. To meet these needs, Susan uses an integrated therapeutic approach combining narrative, cognitive behavioral, person-centered and solution focused therapy.

Outside of work she enjoys playing with her four kids and puppies, which her camera roll would suggest!  She also loves dancing, traveling and laughing as often as possible. 

Get in touch: susan@transformationaltherapymn.com or 612-399-6070

Ty Ferris, MA MHP

Mental Health Practitioner

Ty (he/him) is a creative and compassionate individual that has always been drawn to helping others from a very young age. He is an enthusiastic practitioner that is deeply humbled to have the opportunity to work alongside people during their unique and empowering therapeutic journeys. He has worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, and addiction as well as with families and couples seeking to improve their relationships. He has a particular passion in serving neurodiverse populations and the LGBTQ+ community—specifically transgender adolescents and adults.

Ty’s therapeutic approach is client-centered and highly collaborative. He enjoys using Experiential Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy models centering around validating the individual experiences of clients and promoting helpful coping skills that they can use throughout life. He brings humor, compassion, and curiosity into his practice as well as a willingness to educate himself without judgement about what is important to his clients.

Get in touch: ty@transformationaltherapymn.com or ‪612-888-0596‬

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