Our Staff

Brittni Timmerman, MS, NCC, LPCC, RPT

Brittni received her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Winona State University. Brittni is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Brittni is a board certified counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors and holds her National Certified Counselor credential. Brittni is level one trained in Theraplay©. Brittni is DC 0-5 trained.  Brittni has completed her training to include additional advanced level training and cohort consultation and supervision for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Brittni was vetted for competencies in trauma, attachment, adoption, and permanency related considerations concurrently demonstrating background, education and practice focus necessary to help those touched by adoption, foster care, and kinship care to connect, heal and thrive in March of 2016 by the MNAdopt’s Help Program and continues to  maintain her adoption competent MNAdopt connected therapist status with the MNAdopt Help program. Brittni is currently one of six MNAdopt Help Program adoption competent therapist in the Southeastern region of Minnesota that encompasses fifteen counties. Brittni has experience collaborating with various state and county level entities as an active contributor to the development of a pilot program aimed at increasing the capacity of early childhood mental health providers serving children birth to five years of age within Olmsted County in the state of Minnesota. Brittni is a board approved clinical supervisor with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy; Brittni is qualified to provide clinical supervision to Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor applicants and Licensed Professional Counselor applicants and licensees.

Brittni is a National Board for Certified Counselor International Registered Mental Health Facilitator Master Trainer. Brittni participated in the inaugural Rwanda Mental Health Facilitator Capacity Development Program in Kigali, Rwanda in August of 2015. Brittni co-facilitated the Mental Health Facilitator Training in the 2016 Haiti Trauma Project in Croix-Des Bouquet, Haiti in collaboration with Global Trauma Research Inc. and The Haitian American Caucus-Haiti. Brittni collaboratively developed a level two trauma training with four other clinicians from around the globe in 2017 and was part of the implementation team with Global Trauma Research Inc. that piloted the program in Croix-Des Bouquet, Haiti in December of 2017. Brittni continues to collaborate and work with various domestic and international organizations to implement mental health and trauma informed trainings internationally in countries that have experienced significant trauma or hardships.

Brittni has worked in various clinical settings within the mental health field to include in-home treatment aimed at increasing the daily functioning of adults living with mental health and behavioral concerns, a psychiatric unit within a hospital setting with individuals of all ages experiencing a mental health crisis, clinical research within a university setting, and providing therapeutic services in an outpatient private practice setting to children and adults.  Brittni has experience working with many populations including early childhood, elementary aged children, adolescents, adults, and families. Brittni’s training and expertise focus on therapeutic issues include children experiencing out of home placements, adoption, attachment disruptions, trauma, attachment, self-regulation and an array of mental health and behavioral challenges. Brittni’s special interests are children experiencing out of home placements, children involved with the foster care system, and adoption. Brittni has a passion of integrating play therapy and other experiential modalities and techniques into treatment.

As the Founder and Center Director of Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC Brittni provides play therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, parent coaching, reunification work for children and their families, and parenting assessments. In addition to providing clinical services, Brittni provides an array of professional services including clinical supervision, professional consultation, case consultation, trainings, and continued education.  Brittni believes that an integral part of providing holistic and innovative services is dependent on providing a safe place while fostering connections, emotional wellness, healing, and a sense of community within the children and families she works with.

Leighann Scheckel, MS, NCC, LPC

Leighann received her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University. Leighann holds a Licensed Professional Counselor license in the state of Arizona and shortly after relocating to Minnesota obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor license within the state of Minnesota. Shortly before joining Birchlawn Place Counseling Center, INC, Leighann took and passed her National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination and is awaiting the official receipt of her Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor license in the state of Minnesota. Leighann is a board certified counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors and holds her National Certified Counselor credential.  Leighann has completed extensive postgraduate degree training and education in Infant and Family Studies through the Harris Institute. Leighann has completed advanced training and has extensive clinical experience in Sand Tray Play Therapy. Leighann is competent in providing services to children and families experiencing adoption and guardianship and has completed the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals. Moreover, Leighann has completed training and has clinical experiences in DC 0-5, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Circle of Security Parenting, Trust Based Relational Intervention, Conscious Discipline, and has completed some training towards becoming a Clinical Trauma Specialist for Families.  Leighann has clinical experience and a passion for providing clinical consultation and community outreach support to organizations such as schools, daycares, and various other organizations that work with children. Leighann partners with the Maternal Child and Family Health Partnership Advisory Committee in Rochester, Minnesota, which is  part of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau which administers programs, supports research, and invests in workforce training to ensure the health and well-being of mothers, children, and families.

Leighann has worked in various clinical settings in the field of mental health including: in-home therapy for at risk children that have experienced trauma; outpatient office-based work with children and adults experiencing mental and behavioral health concerns; and school-linked therapy for children that have barriers to accessing traditional therapy services.  Leighann’s training and expertise focus of therapeutic issues include  ADHD, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, attachment issues, family of origin problems, defiance, aggression, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual violence and abuse, eating and feeding issues in young children, toileting concerns, communication difficulties, emotional regulation, as well as sensory processing and sensory sensitivity.  Leighann has experience working with many populations from all stages of life including infants, early childhood, elementary aged children, and families.  Leighann utilizes developmentally appropriate and trauma informed evidenced based practice interventions and is passionate about providing high quality, individualized therapeutic services to young children and their families.  Leighann’s approach to therapy is guided by the developmental perspective and integrates components of many modalities, demonstrating her eclectic expertise and therapeutic style. Leighann has a passion for infant and early childhood mental health and therapeutic services, parent-child therapeutic services, and integrating Sand Tray Play Therapy into her practice. Leighann provides therapeutic services with a holistic perspective in mind and views the therapeutic process as a journey toward hope, healing, and integration that she embarks on together with her clients and their families.