Vanessa Wananu, MSW, LICSW

BemidjiOur Staff

Vanessa Wananu, MSW, LICSW is clinical social worker with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Masters of Social Work from Howard University. Vanessa has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field in a range of settings and with a variety of population. Over the years, she has worked in residential treatment, community healthcare, intensive outpatient/extended day treatment, outpatient, in-home/community based and school based mental health services. Vanessa has extensive experience in mobile crisis response, including suicide risk assessment, intervention and prevention.

Vanessa enjoys working with children, adults, couples and families and brings experience working with those from diverse backgrounds in both rural and urban areas. She uses an integrative approach that is person centered, trauma informed, and strength based, with an emphasis on building trusting therapeutic relationships to work toward positive change. Most recently, Vanessa managed a mobile crisis response team which grew her passion for creating a safe and supportive environment for both clients and staff to authentically grow and learn. Vanessa is dedicated to human rights, anti-racism & community collaboration.

Vanessa will be working in our Bemidji ARMHS program and providing individual diagnostic assessments and therapy. To connect with Vanessa Wananu about the ARMHS Program in Bemidji, call 218-444-2233.

Drew Jaeger, MSW, LICSW
Laura Kirlin, MSW LICSW

Feedback from LCA clients:

You are all warm, welcoming and so very helpful!  Thank you!!

I appreciated being treated normally, even though I was getting help with a difficult situation.

All the staff were friendly and helpful.  They answered all my questions.

Meeting with my therapist has been making my life and relationships a lot less stressful.

I have a great therapist.  I appreciate her assistance!

My therapist is great!  Of all the therapists we've had over the years, she understands our family and kids the best.  Very helpful!

I love coming to LCA.  Everybody is so friendly and make you feel so much better.

My counselor helps me out when I need it most.  I can always count on them to say the right things, even when I don't want to hear it.

I am so thankful I was directed here!

Therapy at LCA has helped my progress immensely!

Quick and easy to get an appointment.  Friendly, helpful staff.

Friendly and helpful atmosphere.  Feel at ease walking in.

Location is great and the staff is excellent with customer service.  Therapy is also professional and comfortable.

Greatly appreciate having the option of Christian Counseling and being able to filter issues through that lens!

The front desk staff had a positive attitude and was patient with me.

Easy to work with.  Made me feel comfortable!

Her thoughtfulness and her knowledge of helping people with depression is what I need to achieve my goals!

I had a person to talk with about my problems and my problems are getting better.

The staff members are always well informed and ready to help/answer questions.

My children's counselors are awesome.  I've seen huge progress in both my kids.

I like that the staff are flexible with scheduling.

Very welcoming place.  We love our therapist!

Good location, feels very professional and confidential!

My therapist is a life saver! :-)

They work with your schedule and do whatever they can to help you.

The receptionist knew my name after the second visit...very friendly!

Talking with my therapist is helping, instead of holding it all in.

I appreciate the text/phone reminders.

The receptionist staff have been amazing.  They are friendly and caring.  You can tell they enjoy their job.

They matched me with the perfect therapist!

Easy to work with.  You can tell they genuinely care about their clients.

The appointment times work well with my schedule.  My children get along well with their therapists.

They gave me hope for the future.  Life saving.

Listens to both my child and me.  Getting us through some very difficult times with care and compassion.

They were open to my opinion of which counselor I see.

My child's therapist is awesome!  So helpful and relates well to the whole family.

Easy to get to.  Very friendly people willing to help.

I'm so appreciative of my therapist's knowledge, skill and understanding.

Our counselor wanted to meet our entire family to find out how to better help our son.  She offered lots of suggestions and things to help us in the long term.

My son and daughter are making steps toward our family goals!

Everyone was very helpful.  I'm glad I called to get help!

I always feel that my therapist is listening to what I have to say and helping me come up with practical ways to deal with things.

When we come in for an appointment, the reception staff always has a friendly smile on her face.

My ARMHS staff is awesome!  She has helped me make progress in many areas of my life.  I have better relationships now.

She's thinking through things with me instead of just giving directions.  It shows that she cares.

My therapist understands my child's needs and listens.

My therapist was very, very kind and is an awesome problem solver.

The staff have good attitudes and open minds.

I found scheduling flexible to my needs.

I love the comfortable feel in the office.

It is a very comfortable atmosphere.  Everyone is flexible and understanding!


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