Emergence Behavioral Health is a multidisciplinary, outpatient mental health practice born out of a shared mission to provide personalized, effective treatment.

Emergence Behavioral Health distinguishes itself with a focus on a whole-person approach to services, addressing your unique mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs.

Our clinical staff are experienced in individual, marital, family, and group therapies, diagnostic assessment, and client education.

Alison Smetana

Alison is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, earning her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2011. She began working with men who engaged in problematic sexual behaviors in 2009. Since then, her career has spanned from working with men with cognitive impairments or serious and persistent mental illness in a community-based agency, to the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ prison-based treatment program. Alison enjoys helping her clients find success and happiness following an offense, and has experience identifying and addressing the unique needs of her clients to support individual and community safety.

Alison Smetana MSW, LICSW
Senior Therapist


Nakumbe

Dr. Nakumbe, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Doctorate Degree in Cognitive Psychology. He has extensive clinical experience working with all gendered adults, juveniles, and their families in a variety of settings and in the areas of drug addiction and forensic mental health. Since 2012, he’s provided treatment, therapy, care coordination services, and court testimony to adult offenders and adolescents that have engaged in problematic sexual behavior. His treatment approach is rooted in attachment-based therapy, motivational interviewing, schema therapy, CBT, DBT, and trauma-informed mindfulness. Dr. Nakumbe is intentional about providing culturally competent care to diverse and LGBTQ clients. He’s most often described by his clients as an insightful therapist who utilizes a humorous and direct approach that is both affirming and compassionate. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Nakumbe is an international motivational speaker and conducts training on topics related to mindfulness, relationship conflicts, addiction recovery, and understanding risk & protective factors in culturally diverse family systems.

Nakumbe PhD, LPCC, LADC


Madison Peton

Madison is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker, earning her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. She was previously a therapist providing group and individual Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to adults and adolescents in an intensive outpatient program. For the last 5 years Madison has worked in counseling and case management roles working with both adults and adolescents who have mental illness and have experienced family violence, homelessness, incarceration, and foster care. Madison is passionate about racial equity for people of color to have second chances, and helping clients realize their own inner strength, potential for growth, and identity apart from their offenses.

Madison Peton MSW, LGSW


Heather Roberts

Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor, earning her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2014. In her career, she has provided outpatient therapy and crisis services to a diverse range of clients in a community mental health setting and worked with children and families involved in the child welfare system. She has also taught a variety of psychology courses as an adjunct professor, and has created group treatment content for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Heather believes that every client deserves the opportunity for growth and change, and is dedicated to applying a holistic approach to help clients find solutions that work in their own lives.

Heather Roberts MA, LPC


Naomi Eden

Matthew received his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and sees clients in our Burnsville location. He is a Minnesota State Approved Supervisor with the boards of marriage and family therapy and behavioral health. His areas of expertise and clinical focus include court ordered clients, individuals with harmful sexual behaviors, sexual addiction, impulse control disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma recovery, post-traumatic stress, resiliency, forgiveness of self and others, self-esteem, dissociation and the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy. Matthew's approach is strengths-based and client-centered and focuses on the inherent value of humans and the power within each of us to bring about our own change. He also works from a family systems approach by incorporating family of origin into individual therapy and being aware of family structures and roles while working with families and couples. He is trained in EMDR. Matthew appreciates and values the opportunity to work with clients at all stages of change and from all faith backgrounds.

Matthew Zamastil MA, LMFT


Dr. Jennifer Weigelt

Dr. Jennifer Weigelt is Licensed Psychologist as well as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology. Over the years, she has provided an array of therapeutic services with clients experiencing a diversity of problems. Most recently, her clinical interests include working with adolescents and adults who have engaged in harmful and/or problematic sexual behaviors. This work includes group and individual and group therapy, assessments and evaluations. She values the importance of using evidence-based practices, while establishing supportive, motivational and culturally competent therapeutic relationships, ensuring an atmosphere of safety, security and responsive care. She employs a holistic treatment approach to guide clients in creating the change they want to see in their lives. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Jennifer Weigelt is also a core faculty member of the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program.

Jennifer Weigelt PhD, LP, LPCC


Dr. Amber Lindeman

Dr. Amber Lindeman is a Licensed Psychologist who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006. She has worked with sex offender clients her entire career, including evaluation and treatment of adolescents and adults, primarily within the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections. Her continual involvement in professional organizations keeps her connected with current research, evidence based practices, and other professionals. Amber is passionate about preventing sexual offenses through working with those who have offended, and prides herself on her ability to join with clients to promote prosocial choices and healthy lifestyles.

Amber Lindeman PsyD, LP
Clinical Director


Ronda Disch

Ronda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. She has been working exclusively with the forensic population since 2014. Prior to specializing in this area of treatment, she worked as a mental health therapist and crisis clinician for clients with a wide range of mental health care needs. Before relocating to Minnesota, Ronda was providing psychosexual evaluations, sex offender treatment, and court testimony for a five county metro area in Illinois and Iowa. Her passion working with this population shows in her dedication to treating her clients with the respect they deserve and to seeing her clients succeed.

Ronda Disch MA, LPCC
President / Owner


Sara Heisel

Sara earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. She has worked with diverse populations, including adults, children and adolescents. She sees the good in people and believes in second chances. Sara enjoys organizing and keeping an office running smoothly. As Client Services Coordinator, Sara is the first point of contact for our clients. She uses her social work background to understand the needs of the clients and her enthusiasm for running an office to provide top notch service to our clients on the phone and at the front desk.

Sara Heisel
Client Services Coordinator

About Us

Alison is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, earning her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2011. She began working with men who engaged in problematic sexual behaviors in 2009. Since then, her career has spanned from working with men with cognitive impairments or serious and persistent mental illness in a community-based agency, to the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ prison-based treatment program. Alison enjoys helping her clients find success and happiness following an offense, and has experience identifying and addressing the unique needs of her clients to support individual and community safety.

Alison Smetana MSW, LICSW
Senior Therapist


Nakumbe

Dr. Nakumbe, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Doctorate Degree in Cognitive Psychology. He has extensive clinical experience working with all gendered adults, juveniles, and their families in a variety of settings and in the areas of drug addiction and forensic mental health. Since 2012, he’s provided treatment, therapy, care coordination services, and court testimony to adult offenders and adolescents that have engaged in problematic sexual behavior. His treatment approach is rooted in attachment-based therapy, motivational interviewing, schema therapy, CBT, DBT, and trauma-informed mindfulness. Dr. Nakumbe is intentional about providing culturally competent care to diverse and LGBTQ clients. He’s most often described by his clients as an insightful therapist who utilizes a humorous and direct approach that is both affirming and compassionate. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Nakumbe is an international motivational speaker and conducts training on topics related to mindfulness, relationship conflicts, addiction recovery, and understanding risk & protective factors in culturally diverse family systems.

Nakumbe PhD, LPCC, LADC


Madison Peton

Madison is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker, earning her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. She was previously a therapist providing group and individual Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to adults and adolescents in an intensive outpatient program. For the last 5 years Madison has worked in counseling and case management roles working with both adults and adolescents who have mental illness and have experienced family violence, homelessness, incarceration, and foster care. Madison is passionate about racial equity for people of color to have second chances, and helping clients realize their own inner strength, potential for growth, and identity apart from their offenses.

Madison Peton MSW, LGSW


Heather Roberts

Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor, earning her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2014. In her career, she has provided outpatient therapy and crisis services to a diverse range of clients in a community mental health setting and worked with children and families involved in the child welfare system. She has also taught a variety of psychology courses as an adjunct professor, and has created group treatment content for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Heather believes that every client deserves the opportunity for growth and change, and is dedicated to applying a holistic approach to help clients find solutions that work in their own lives.

Heather Roberts MA, LPC


Heather Roberts

Matthew received his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and sees clients in our Burnsville location. He is a Minnesota State Approved Supervisor with the boards of marriage and family therapy and behavioral health. His areas of expertise and clinical focus include court ordered clients, individuals with harmful sexual behaviors, sexual addiction, impulse control disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma recovery, post-traumatic stress, resiliency, forgiveness of self and others, self-esteem, dissociation and the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy. Matthew's approach is strengths-based and client-centered and focuses on the inherent value of humans and the power within each of us to bring about our own change. He also works from a family systems approach by incorporating family of origin into individual therapy and being aware of family structures and roles while working with families and couples. He is trained in EMDR. Matthew appreciates and values the opportunity to work with clients at all stages of change and from all faith backgrounds.

Matthew Zamastil MA, LMFT


Dr. Jennifer Weigelt is Licensed Psychologist as well as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology. Over the years, she has provided an array of therapeutic services with clients experiencing a diversity of problems. Most recently, her clinical interests include working with adolescents and adults who have engaged in harmful and/or problematic sexual behaviors. This work includes group and individual and group therapy, assessments and evaluations. She values the importance of using evidence-based practices, while establishing supportive, motivational and culturally competent therapeutic relationships, ensuring an atmosphere of safety, security and responsive care. She employs a holistic treatment approach to guide clients in creating the change they want to see in their lives. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Jennifer Weigelt is also a core faculty member of the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program.

Jennifer Weigelt PhD, LP, LPCC


Dr. Amber Lindeman is a Licensed Psychologist who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006. She has worked with sex offedender clients her entire career, including evaluation and treatment of adolescents and adults, primarily within the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections. Her continual involvement in professional organizations keeps her connected with current research, evidence based practices, and other professionals.. Amber is passionate about preventing sexual offenses through working with those who have offended, and prides herself on her ability to join with clients to promote prosocial choices and healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Amber Lindeman PsyD, LP
Clinical Director


Ronda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. She has been working exclusively with the forensic population since 2014. Prior to specializing in this area of treatment, she worked as a mental health therapist and crisis clinician for clients with a wide range of mental health care needs. Before relocating to Minnesota, Ronda was providing psychosexual evaluations, sex offender treatment, and court testimony for a five county metro area in Illinois and Iowa. Her passion working with this population shows in her dedication to treating her clients with the respect they deserve and to seeing her clients succeed.

Ronda Disch MA, LPCC
President / Owner


Sara earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. She has worked with diverse populations, including adults, children and adolescents. She sees the good in people and believes in second chances. Sara enjoys organizing and keeping an office running smoothly. As Client Services Coordinator, Sara is the first point of contact for our clients. She uses her social work background to understand the needs of the clients and her enthusiasm for running an office to provide top notch service to our clients on the phone and at the front desk.

Sara Heisel
Client Services Coordinator

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