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Daniel Nelson, LPCC

  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Difficult Marriages
  • Sexual Addiction

I am the owner/director of Crossroads. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and I work with individuals and marriages. My individual work focuses on depression, anxiety, and life adjustment issues (grief, family struggles, results of divorce, abuse survivors, etc.). I also work with sexual addiction. My deep desire is to help people be aware of Christ's presence in the midst of their circumstances. I always hope to help each person to see how Christ wants us to know the Father's heart toward them and to learn to rely on the Holy Spirit's filling, guidance, and counsel.

Michelle Beeman, LPCC
  • Certified Splankna Practitioner
  • Certified to Administer PREPARE/ENRICH
  • Identity and Personal Growth Issues
Hello! I am a Crossroads traveling therapist. I am at our Willmar location on Tuesdays and in Alexandria the rest of the week. I have a background serving a variety of people. My experience has been mainly working with teenagers and college students. I have a passion for those who are looking for personal spiritual growth, dealing with grief and loss, and serving those in the helping professions. I believe my approach to counseling is direct, real, and supportive. On a personal note, I am a small town, southern Minnesota grown, farm girl which explains my love for being outdoors, especially in the fall. While not working my interests include reading, talking, movies, music, coffee, animals, and traveling.

Patrick Carroll, LP


I am primarily involved in administering and interpreting psychological evaluations for patients who need personality, cognitive, adaptive or ADHD testing to help with treatment planning or to augment the counseling and therapy that they are receiving from other Crossroad’s providers. I have been a clinical psychologist for the state of Minnesota for 30 years and have maintained a private practice in psychology since 1980.

Virginia 'Ginny' Backman, LICSW 

  • Mood, Psychotic, and Adjustment Disorders
  • Abuse Survivors
  • Adolescents and Parent Coaching

If you are looking for a counselor with many years of experience and learning, that would be me!  I am a passionate, caring woman of faith who loves meeting people of all ages, beliefs, and circumstances.  I believe that we all do the best we can, given our unique characteristics and life experiences.  Yet, we are responsible for our own actions.  I believe in a God who crafts masterpieces out of messes.  Through many ups and down, I have been married for 33 years and a parent for 25 years.  My focus is on accepting individuals where they are a, focusing on strengths, and helping them find more joy, balance, and the calling in their own lives. I am in Benson, MN office Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and in Willmar office, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Matthew Hoekstra, LPCC

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Couples and Marital Counseling
  • Anxiety & Depression

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor working here at Crossroads. I am striving to provide individuals and couples with a chance at personal and spiritual growth. I believe in an integrated approach with faith and therapy. My experience has been with family crisis intervention, teenagers, anxiety, marriage, depression, self-esteem issues, and addiction counseling (focusing on sexual addiction and alcohol abuse). My passion is helping couples discover what a Godly marriage is all about, and bringing restoration and healing in that area. I strive to balance my approach to counseling, being direct and honest while maintaining a good sense of caring support. I grew up in the Willmar area and on my time off you can find me enjoying God’s creation in the outdoors, spending time with my family, or enjoying a good sporting event.

Elizabeth 'Molly' Lippert, LPCC

  • Certified Experiential & Child-Centered Play Therapist
  • Parent Coaching
  • Body Image/Eating Disorders
  • Mood, Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders
  • Certified Motivational Interviewer 
  • Certified A-CRA Practitioner/Adolescents and Addiction

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor here at Crossroads. I am on a journey towards earning my certification at a Registered Play Therapist with the state of Minnesota. My passion is helping teens, tweens, kids, and their families process and resolve emotional, behavioral and traumatic issues that occur in their lives.  I believe that spirituality and family are as important to the counseling process as the individual. Much of my experience has been working with children and adolescents, addiction counseling (mainly adolescents), family crisis intervention, depression and anxiety, adjustment issues, self-esteem issues, trauma, abuse, and neglect.  


Barbara Nelson, LMFT

  • Couples and Marital Counseling
  • Certified to Administer PREPARE/ENRICH
  • Self - Esteem and Grief in Adult Women
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Certified in Individual and Group Crisis Intervention
  • Peer Support

Greetings! I have my Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I appreciate the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. My counseling experience includes working with an array of issues: anxiety, depression, grief, identity, life adjustment, family crisis, and marital distress. I strive to support each person in the best manner possible specifically focused for their individual situation. My deep desire is to assist those who are struggling and help them see Christ’s love in the midst of their circumstances. I am blessed to have been married for 30 years and value when we can be with our adult children, traveling, and being with friends.


Mary Thompson, M.S. (LPC Candidate)

I have my Masters of Science Degree in Counseling and am currently seeing clients at the Alexandria, MN office.  God has called me to the counseling profession becuase I have a desire to help people of all ages journey through the difficult issues they may be facing.  My background includes ministry with adolescents and young adults. I have experience working with individuals and couples dealing with an array of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, and adjustment.  I also have experience working with clients dealing with personality disorders. I believe my role as a therapist is to walk with clients on their personal journey and help them discover their God given strengths and use them tot he best of their ability.  I have been married for 38 years and a parent for 34 years.  I enjoy swimming, reading, playing with my two Jack Russell Terriers, and spending time with family and friends.


Adam Westby, M.A./LSC


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