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Our Team.

Our members contribute to the richness and connection we share as a body. Bios and pictures from some of our members are shared below. 

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Dr. Bob Nielsen

 LPC, LPCC, Clinical Counselor Supervisor


Having been a clinical counselor and counselor educator at North Dakota State University (NDSU) for 42 years, I retired in May of 2015 as a counselor educator and am now advancing my clinical practice at Nielsen Counseling in West Fargo, North Dakota. (701-361-4176) The following are some of the strengths of my work and my credentials:

  • My doctorate is in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.

  • I coordinated the Counselor Education Program at NDSU for many years.  It is recognized by the national accreditation body (CACREP) as an excellent program.

  • I am licensed as the first Professional Clinical Counselor in North Dakota (License # 8-12-5-90-1).

  • I chaired the North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners for seven years.

  • My counseling specialties are stress management, and anxiety reduction as they may pertain to depression

  • I have been the president of the following professional organizations:

*North Dakota College Personnel Association

*Red River Valley Mental Health Association

*North Dakota Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

*North Dakota Counseling Association

*American Association of State Counseling Boards


My professional research and presentations have been extensive, having published many articles, book chapters and reviews.  My professional presentations number in the hundreds and they have been well received from audiences throughout the United States from Maine to Hawaii.  Throughout my professional career I have received numerous state, regional, and national awards.

Although local, state, regional and national recognitions are nice, my real passion is in helping others recognize their own worth and move ahead in their lives to be more capable of empowering themselves to live happier and healthier lives.


People really don’t care what you know until they know that you care!

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Lisa Holter

Mrs. Lisa Holter earned a Bachelor's degree from Mayville State University (Mayville, ND), majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business Administration. She then attended the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND), earning her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Mrs. Holter is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Certified Counseling Supervisor (LPCC-S) in North Dakota. She has received the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Additionally, she is a certified Prime for Life trainer, wherein she facilitates an evidence-based substance use prevention seminar for youth and young adults.

Mrs. Holter started with the University of Mary in December 2014, serving the Graduate Counseling Program as a Program Director, Student Advisor and Assistant Professor. Prior to becoming an educator, Mrs. Holter spent 10+ years working with children and their families, first as an In-Home Family Therapist and then as the Director of the Lutheran Social Services of ND state-wide In-Home Family Therapy program. She actively supported the mission of the program to prevent out-of-home placement for North Dakota's at-risk youth.  Mrs. Holter has a passion for both counseling families and the education and supervision of future counselors.  As an LPCC, she provided family counseling services to the community through Abound Counseling in Fargo, ND. The combination of delivering education, supervision, and therapy offers her the most desirable career balance.

Representing the University of Mary and the counseling department, she has been fortunate to serve as the Secretary, President-Elect, and then President for North Dakota Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (NDACES). She is also a member of the North Dakota Counseling Association (NDCA), the National Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (NACES), and the American Counseling Association (ACA), where she is serving a three-year term on the ACA Awards Committee. She was the 2018 recipient of the NDACES Robert C. Nielsen Supervisor of the Year Award. She served as a member of the Fargo, ND Addiction Training Consortium Board from 2014-2021, wherein she collaborated with addiction facilities and team members to meet the training needs of future addiction counselors in the state of ND.  

Her favorite aspect of her job is walking with students, clients, and colleagues to pursue their personal and professional goals. She offers a strength-based approach to counseling families and looks for ways to facilitate hope and healing. Regarding supervision, she uses a  humanistic, person-centered lens, striving to consider the supervisee's desires, strengths, and abilities in the approach. Additionally, through a solution-focused lens, she uses immediacy to discover their internal skills and abilities.  Using a collaborative approach with the supervisee, they define the vision of the counselor that they want to become and set goals accordingly. She operates under the theoretical approaches of the Integrated Developmental Model (IDM) and Discrimination models.

She feels honored to be a part of student's, client's, and new counselor's journeys and is grateful to work under the Benedictine Values and steadfast leadership at the University of Mary and with the great NDCA/NDACES network of counselors, educators, and supervisors in North Dakota.

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