Our Therapists

Steve Wickelgren, MA, LMFT

Law Enforcement Assistance (LE-AST) is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and founded by Steven M. Wickelgren, MA LMFT. Steve is an experienced mental health professional who specializes in trauma and depression as well as crisis intervention. Steve is trained in (EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an effective and quick treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other traumas. Steve is an experienced police officer who served the Minneapolis Police Department from 1988 to 2014. He served in a number of capacities, including use of force instructor, investigator, supervisor, and policy writer among others. He served as the police department's full time counselor from 2001 until 2014.

Steve also serves as the Clinical Director for the Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team Officers Association, where he leads mental health training for law enforcement officers. He focuses on training police officers to provide crisis intervention services and to act as liaisons to the mental health system.  This training features professional actors who play the role of a person struggling with a mental illness.

Aside from his role with the Minneapolis Police Department and the MN CIT Officers Association, Steve has had many other roles in relation to the mental health profession. He was an Instructor/Program Assistant at Hennepin County Technical College.  He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and has served as a volunteer at the MN chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and has also volunteered with the Metro Critical Incident Stress Management Team since 2002. Steve is also trained as a Transformative Mediator.



Nick Weidner
Nick Weidner, MA, LPCC, LADC

Nick is a former police officer with experience in law enforcement since 2003. He currently works as a licensed mental health and substance use counselor providing services to children, teens, and adults.

Nick is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (DBT) as well as in EMDR therapy. As a traumatologist, Nick continues to survey ongoing research with the effects of trauma on emergency services personnel, as well as appropriate avenues to assist and treat acute and chronic symptoms. 

Nick's philosophy on clinical services include a mix of behavioral therapy and existential interventions to assist Officers and their families who face the challenging dilemmas of both work and personal life. 

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Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson, MA, LMFT

A Retired Police Sergeant with the Burnsville Police Department, with Fire Fighter and EMT-Ambulance experience. Michael was adjunct faulty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Hennepin Community Technical College and Metro State University. Michael is a Graduated from the University of St. Thomas with an MA in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. Michael is in private practice with Community Growth Solutions, Inc. working with predominately first responders struggling with anxiety, depression, ptsd and life transitions using Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, Mindfulness and EMDR techniques to help access strengths and improve the individual’s mental health and with this to improve the way they interact with family, social and work. My hope is to help restore a balance in Mind, Body and Spirit.

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Kristin Turner, MA, LPCC, DBTC


Kristin Turner is a therapist who specializes in working with complex cases and serious mental illness. She has experience working in inpatient hospital settings, correctional settings, and outpatient clinics. Kristin is a staff presenter for MN CIT and is committed to helping law enforcement safely interact with those struggling with mental health issues. She is familiar with the culture of public safety work and enjoys working with those that help their community. 

In therapy, Kristin utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and person-centered techniques. She believes in meeting each person where they are at and tailoring her approach to the unique needs of each client. Kristin has a direct but casual approach and appreciates humor in session. She supportively challenges thinking and behavior patterns to help clients reach their true potential and individual goals.

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