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Meet our team

Rachel Schneider, MFTC

Rachel Schneider, MFTC

Greetings! I'm your compassionate guide to a more enriched life by exploring emotional, behavioral, and relational patterns that may be hindering you from experiencing life to the fullest.
Jessie Dyrud, LCSW

Jessie Dyrud, LCSW

Hi there! I help children, teens and parents connect and understand one another. I specialize in children, tweens, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, and life transitions.
Ashley Brown, MA, LPC

Ashley Brown, MA, LPC

Hello! I work with adults to restore balance and hope in the midst of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addiction, and stress management.
Dawn Gabriel, LPC

Dawn Gabriel, LPC

Hello! As the founder of Authentic Connections Counseling, I work with fellow therapists to grow their private practices. I blend consulting and spiritual formation in my retreats and community groups.

What can I expect from Authentic Connections Counseling Center?

Relationships are one of the most valued part of our theory of counseling. We view it as an honor to journey alongside towards hope and healing. We excel at tailoring the counseling experience to each person’s individual needs through authentic listening, compassion and empowerment. We offer a safe place for you to unpack some issues and look at them with grace and honesty; a place to connect, to heal and to grow.

Authentic Connections Counseling Center’s Mission and Values Statement

Mission Statement:

Authentic Connections Counseling Center’s mission is to hold sacred space for people to undergo healing and transformative growth. Our team is dedicated to fostering authenticity, compassion, genuine connections, while embodying excellence in counseling and hope to our community. 



  • We prioritize relationships as the cornerstone of our counseling approach, fostering a safe space for authenticity, compassion, unconditional acceptance, and support.

  • We are committed to maintaining an ethical, supportive, and inclusive environment with well-trained staff passionate about their work.

Our Team:

  • We cultivate an amazing work culture that embraces authenticity, curiosity, genuine support, leadership, ongoing training, spirituality, and soul care.

  • Our team is dedicated to intentional pursuit and commitment, fostering genuine connections and respect within the team through peer consultation, retreats, monthly meetings, soul care, laughter and fun.

Our Clients:

  • We believe in continuous education, training, and a commitment to always learning, ensuring our clients receive the best ethical and professional care.

  • Our counseling is a ministry, where deep care and compassion allow us to walk alongside individuals in their darkest moments, offering hope and healing.

Our Community:

  • We provide expert, professional, and personal support to our community through connections, partnerships, involvement, and service.

  • Our involvement in the community goes beyond the counseling room, as we give back, stay top of mind as experts in our field, genuine connections and become the go-to place for referrals.

  • Our commitment extends to creating a positive atmosphere in our physical spaces, including a warm and inviting climate, where every detail contributes to our shared belief in authentic connections.

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