RST is an employee assistance program specifically for victim service providers (including law enforcement, medical professionals, social service providers, advocates, and mental health professionals) in North Dakota wanting to address the impact of working in high stress and trauma-exposed fields.
June Forde M.S., LPCC
Forde Counseling Services
Hi! I’m June Forde, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and owner of Forde Counseling Services in Fargo ND which opened in December/2019. I obtained a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1998 and subsequently began working at the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center. Domestic violence, trauma and child sexual abuse remain a special area of clinical interest and my early experiences “in the trenches” definitely had a profound impact on me personally and professionally!
My therapeutic approach is person centered with a strong emphasis on relationship building, aspects of cognitive behavioral and cognitive processing therapy, mindfulness and humor of course! Life is too darn short to take seriously for extended periods of time, and I’m a firm believer that anything is possible with insight, attitude and some astute goal setting. 😊 Initiating therapy is a courageous first step toward better understanding problematic thoughts or behavioral patterns, and also just increased the chance of something different happening! I pride myself in creating a safe, accepting and nurturing therapeutic environment for the process of healing and change to occur.
When not at work, I can often be found spending time with family and especially enjoy walking or biking the trails at Gooseberry Park in Moorhead MN. We have two rescue dogs from the Warrior Rescue Project (Meeko & Penny) and they certainly motivate us to stay active! My husband and I have season tickets at US Bank Stadium to cheer on the MN Vikings, which also provides an ongoing opportunity to practice resiliency and frustration tolerance! 😊 We were at the infamous NFC championship game (with -20 wind chill and freezing our butts off) in 2015 involving Blair Walsh missing the chip shot field goal to end the season. Yes, I need to move on. 😉 In my spare time, I also enjoy running the score clock at MSUM for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. Pending COVID, this will be my 18th season of working the table and having the best seat in the house!
The Resiliency Support Therapy (RST) program is focused on supporting those working in high stress environments and/or exposed to trauma. It’s a pretty awesome program for service providers and all services are grant funded. RST provides individual sessions focused on building resiliency, low impact debriefing and vicarious trauma support. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!” Thank you, Helen Keller, and I look forward to working with you!
James Pfeifer M.S., LPCC
Pfeifer Counseling Services
Hey, my name is James Pfeifer but I go by Jamie. Thanks for taking the time to read this bio. I hope it will give you some impressions about what it might be like to work with me.
I earned my undergraduate degree (Bachelors of Arts, majoring in Psychology and English) from the University of North Dakota (go Hawks!) and my graduate degree (Masters of Science in Counseling) from the University of Wisconsin (go Badgers!). I have been in this field for over twenty years. I have worked in many different settings and in many different roles; I value the experiences each have taught me.
Some of the main clinical areas of interest for me are trauma, mood issues, anxiety, relationship issues, issues that people in the LGBTQ community might experience, and life transition concerns. I am comfortable working with all ages.
My philosophies are consistent and integral to my practice as a counselor: I believe that my client is my boss and 100% in charge of where we go, what we address in therapy. I believe that anyone can feel healthier, more peaceful and that the key is in being intentional with how we think about ourselves, about the world around us. I believe in the potency of empowerment. I believe in the fundamental and inherent value of every human being. I believe in the use of humor when appropriate. And I believe that the Chicago Cubs are the greatest baseball team in the history of the entire universe.
When I’m not at work I’m usually hanging out with my family. My wife and I have been married for over twenty years and we have two sons and a daughter. We enjoy camping, going to baseball games, spending time with friends and family, and supporting our kids’ activities. We have a 7 y/o pooch named Mali that we rescued a few years ago. We might have given her a home, but she’s given us an immeasurable amount of affection and companionship.
Personally, I’m really into old vehicles and long-distance running. My affinity for old cars and trucks comes from my childhood; because of my dad, I grew up with them. Running didn’t become a thing for me until my 30s and I’ll be forever grateful that it did. It has greatly redefined my concept of ‘can’t’ and I’ve met lifelong friends and had some amazing experiences as a result.
I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the RST program. I greatly respect and admire the work that the human trafficking first responders do and am honored to potentially be a part of the support system.
Tessa Sicble M.S., LPC
Mindful Health Counseling & Wellness
Tessa is a licensed mental health counselor, and holds a Master’s in Science in Clinical Counseling. Tessa specializes in trauma, and has experience working with a broad range of mental health issues with clients of all ages. She has long held a special interest in women’s issues, and has experience working with diverse populations.
She brings 25 years experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to providing counseling services in a private practice setting, Tessa serves as adjunct instructor for the Master’s in Counseling Graduate Program at University of Mary. Tessa is a parent to two children; a 13 year old son and a 9 year old daughter with down syndrome.
You simply call a provider and let them know that you want to schedule with the RST program.
Services are tailored to meet your needs. You might need to have a 1-time low –impact debriefing about a difficult case or you may need to have on-going sessions. It is available for what works best for you.
No the RST program is not connected to any one employer and identifying information about clients is not shared.
RST services are available in person in Bismarck or Fargo, or via telehealth.
We are committed to sustaining this program and are continuing to seek on-going funding.