Our Therapists

Steve Wickelgren

Law Enforcement Assistance (LE-AST) is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN with a second office location in Burnsville, MN. It was founded by Steven M. Wickelgren, MA LMFT. Steve is an experienced mental health professional who specializes in trauma, anxiety, and depression as well as crisis intervention.  Steve is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective and quick treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other traumas.  Steve was an experienced police officer, serving the Minneapolis Police Department starting 1988 in a number of capacities, including use of force instructor, investigator, supervisor, and policy writer among others. He was the Department Counselor for the Minneapolis Police Department where he provided a variety of counseling services to employees/family members of the department.  He served as the police department's counselor from 2001 until his retirement in 2014 when he focused the practice on helping area agencies with the effects of public safety work.
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 and is responsible for the content of their training courses. Steve has had other roles in relation to the mental health profession. He was an Instructor/Program Assistant at Hennepin County Technical College and has been with the Metro Critical Incident Stress Management Team since 2002. Steve has served as a volunteer at the MN chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and is also trained as a Transformative Mediator.

Nick Weidner
Nick Weidner, MA, LADC

Nick is a former police officer working ten years in MN suburbs. He is an experienced substance abuse and mental health counselor who specializes in complex trauma, intellectual, and personality disorders.

Nick’s philosophy on services includes a mix between cognitive behavioral and existential interventions to assist officers with the challenging dilemmas of work and personal life. Nick also teaches mindfulness techniques which seeks to help curb anxiety and assist the people in being present in the here and now.

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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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