The Team

Our team consists of Mental Health Providers,  Equine Specialists, and Administration Specialists. 

Mental Health Providers

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Jamie Bankers
MA, LADC, LPCC
Clinical Therapist & Equine Specialist

Founder

Jamie is a licensed psychotherapist committed to helping individuals with their mental health and chemical dependency needs.  Her work focuses on meeting the individual needs of her clients through different types of treatment modalities including Equine-assisted Psychotherapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and skill building.  Jamie received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Capella University and her Masters of Arts degree from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. 

Jamie had a vision to create a therapeutic healing foundation for people within the community, incorporating the power of horses.  Jamie established Manes For Change LLC, with the help of her family, in May 2020.  Her vision is centered in creating a safe and non-judgmental approach to therapy for anyone wanting to make a change in their life. 

Jamie is available for appointments Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Darci Wikelius 
MA, LADC, LPCC

Clinical Therapist

Darci has worked in a variety of areas of clinical therapy including intensive care for children with autism, sex offender treatment for developmentally disabled adults, and treatment for individuals with mental illness/chemical dependency, outpatient therapy, and sex offender specific treatment at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) and the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC). Darci is dedicated to helping individuals find value and meaning in their lives, particularly in addressing areas surrounding relationships, sexuality, abuse/trauma, behavioral issues, and self-worth. She also incorporates the use of animal-assisted therapy in individual therapy sessions with her certified therapy dog, Marvel. She uses strategies from many methodologies including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), person centered therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Darci is a board-certified licensing supervisor and provides supervision to staff seeking licensure as alcohol and drug counselors (LADC) or professional clinical counselors (LPCC). Currently, Darci is completing a doctor’s degree in clinical psychology.

Darci is pictured with her dogs, Marvel and Brodie.  Marvel can come to sessions with Darci for animal assisted sessions.

Darci is availability varies, call for potential openings.

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Katie Friedrichs (Voss)
MA, MHP

Mental Health Practitioner

Katie is a clinical trainee working towards her license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).  She has her master’s degree from Bethel University in Community Counseling and her bachelor’s degree from St Cloud State University in Psychology. Katie has a passion for working with people. She has worked in the mental health field since 2012, and has experience working with many populations including children, adults, and chemical dependency.

Her specialties include clients 10 years and up and individual therapy.

Katie likes to meet clients where they are and utilizes a client centered approach. She also has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-DBT, attachment work, trauma, skills training, play therapy techniques, and emotion education through various techniques. Over the past year, Katie worked towards a certificate in Addiction Studies through St Cloud State University.

 

When she is not helping others, Katie spends her time with her son and husband doing various activities together.

Katie is available for appointments Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm

Jennifer Asanovich
BAS, MS

Mental Health Practitioner and Equine Specialist

Jennifer Asanovich, a Master of Science graduate, is pursuing her licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She primarily works with teens and adult individuals and groups and has experience working with those that may struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem difficulties, nutrition challenges, trauma, and/or life transitions.

Her approach is casual and conversation-like and allows for creativity and exploration throughout difficult topics. She has experience with art therapy as well as partnering with furry team members (such as Rio) and enjoys using strategies like these to empower clients to navigate challenges. She believes that distance can sometimes provide different perspectives and that the client is the expert in their story, and that her role in the team is to assist in facilitating their process.

Her approach is an eclectic blend and generally consists of theories such as cognitive behavioral, person-centered, experiential, and dialectical behavioral theory. She has worked over a decade in the mental health field in various roles and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Minnesota Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota Professional Counseling Honor Society. She enjoys spending time with her dogs Dawsen and Leila, mischievous cat Willow, and numerous chickens (including one named Pickles!). 

Jennifer is typically available for sessions Monday and Thursday evenings, 3pm-8pm.  Her availability may vary, please call for more information on sessions times.

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Equine and Administrative Specialists

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Nikki Priebe

Marketing and Equine Specialist

Nikki is an Equine Specialist at Manes for Change.  After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine and Animal Science, Nikki began working as a large animal veterinarian assistant for several years.  She ran an educational equine exhibit for the Minnesota State Fair for 5 years and has plenty of experience helping others learn.  She has previous experience working with elementary age and special education students from her time as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher. 

Nikki grew up working with and showing horses from a very young age and has always had a passion for them.  She and her husband own and operate a 50 head beef cattle operation and also breed, raise, and sell performance horses. 

Spending time and working with her husband and their two young children on the ranch is her favorite thing to do.

Rachel Stamper

Admissions and Equine Specialist

Rachel Stamper is an Equine Specialist at Manes For Change. Rachel previously worked at Recovering Hope Treatment Center in Mora, MN. Rachel has a passion for learning, helping others in different ways and horses. Rachel says that Manes for Change gave her the opportunity to achieve her goal and career path. Rachel wants to help people and make a change in their lives. Rachel enjoys being around family and friends on the weekend and spending time outside.

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Carrie Davidson

Admissions and Equine Specialist

Carrie's love for horses began around 14 years old after becoming a trail guide working with abused and neglected horses.  She has found that God works with her the same way that she has learned to work and gentle horses… it’s a relationship, a partnership and a foundation that sticks. Her love for working with horses has turned into a passion for working with horses and people that are struggling with all kinds of emotional and behavior obstacles.

She decided to pursue certification with the Equine Assisted Guided Learning Association as an Equine Specialist and obtained that in 2013.  She has had the pleasure of working out in the field with many different clients and teams doing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sever since. 

In 2017 she started the journey to become certified as a Personal Life Coach (certification complete in 2022) and in 2019 she started Stable Foundation Ministry LLC mentoring individuals thru life struggles with a faith-based approach using horses.  

During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband tinkering with tractors, spending time with family and pets, drawing and enjoying the outdoors.
 

Kaitlyn Dordal

Administrative and Contracting Specialist

Kaitlyn is a recent graduate from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in psychology. She has always had a passion working with children of all ages and has lots of love for animals of all sizes. Kaitlyn found Manes for Change to be a great opportunity to gain experience in her career path. She plans to enroll in a master's program to begin a career as an elementary school counselor.

kaitlyn@manesforchange.com

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