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The staff at LifeSteps Counseling has a diverse knowledge base and is competent in providing counseling services for a variety of mental health concerns. We meet the following regulations / standards: ~ HIPPA Compliance ~ Professional Liability Insurance ~ Board of Social Work Code of Ethics ~ Board of Marriage / Family Therapy Code of Ethics.

Nyla Kraemer, MSW, LICSW

Nyla is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a master's degree from the University of St. Thomas / St. Catherine's College, St. Paul, MN. The focus of her clinical career has been treatment of children, adolescents, adults and their families, on clinical issues such as:


  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mental Illness: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Children & Adolescent Concerns
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Anger
  • Family Relationship & Concerns
  • Adjustment Disorders


Nyla has worked with the county, school and counseling center to establish and expand a Day Treatment program for adolescent's in the Wadena/Deer Creek School system. The program began with three students and she expanded it to cover grades K-9 with an emphasis on mental health therapy and an educational component.


As a social worker practicing under the code of ethics, she works towards strengthening relationships among individuals, families, social groups and communities. She engages the client as a partner in the helping process to promote change for the individual and family through the use of the strengths perspective and empowerment.

Jennifer Bettis, MS, LMFT

Jen received her Master's degree and an additional certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University in 2004. She completed her internships working with adolescent and adult sex offenders in an out-patient setting as well as with adults recovering from traumatic brain injuries in an in-patient setting. She has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2007.


Jen has worked extensively with the youth population in after school youth programs, day treatment and an adolescent halfway house for chemical dependency treatment. She specializes in treatment of:


  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Family Issues
  • Marital Issues


She also works with adults, couples, and families. The focus of her therapy includes getting the family involved for the support of the children as well as to promote changes in the family system that will help continued progress once therapy has been completed. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, client-centered approaches, as well as family systems approaches to ensure that she is able to meet the client's needs.