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MISSION

We promote functional change for families and individuals experiencing mental health, behavioral and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services.

Compassionate and Experienced Behavioral Health and Intervention Specialists

Rob Rodriguez, MA, LMFT, LADC — CEO and Clinical Director

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Rob Rodriguez is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor with over 13 years of experience in helping individuals, couples and families overcome the negative impact of troubling experiences in their lives. He holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His approach is systemic, which means that he believes helping people solve their issues involves exploring their familial, social and occupational relationships. As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a focus for Rob is helping individuals and families overcome the traumatic effects of substance use disorders. He has been involved in facilitating transformative and trauma specific family workshops designed to help families make quick progress in addressing behavioral or substance use issues. Having suffered the ravages of early troubling childhood experiences, Rob is particularly passionate about helping young men who struggle during the most confounding and difficult period of their lives. He is co-author of the Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men (2016) and A Young Man’s Guide to Self-Mastery (2019) curricula with Dr. Stephanie Covington, a pioneer and leader in the trauma and addiction field.

To read and see Rob’s blog posts, click here. Contact Rob: rob@frre.net or 651-402-9564

Rick Dauer, LADC — Psychotherapist

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Rick has been a chemical health professional for over 35 years and was an early advocate for gender-responsive and trauma-informed care. As co-author of Helping Men Recover, the first trauma-informed treatment curriculum for men, Rick has trained clinicians across the U.S. and Canada and presented on men’s issues at numerous national conferences. With a resume that includes being a clinical director at Meridian Behavioral Health and River Ridge Treatment Centers, as well as serving as a consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Rick brings expertise from the provider, insurer and governmental perspectives.

Rick is grateful for his 38 years of continuous personal recovery and he’s made an enormous impact on the behavioral health care industry, receiving the 2016 Leadership Award from the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH). In 2018 Rick was again honored by MARRCH with their President’s Award.

To read Rick’s blog posts, click here. Contact Rick: rick@frre.net or 651-425-1708

Brenda Thomas, LADC, MSE-CC — Psychotherapist and Community Liaison

Brenda Thomas is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with over 26 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in substance use, mental health, and overall health and wellness recovery areas. She is also a current master’s level intern, studying at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, with an expected graduation date of August 2021.

Brenda is supportive, understanding, and provides a healing environment for individuals, couples, and families. She has a passion and gift for people. She believes in a strength-based approach with emphasis on current functioning and skill building to seek positive solutions and work through problem areas to promote a healthier life.

It is important to create a special collaboration between a therapist and client. Brenda passionately believes in recovery for everyone. For this collaboration, Brenda values a person-centered approach while being ethical, competent, and culturally responsive. She has a creative therapeutic style that blends transgenerational, structural, narrative, and cognitive behavioral techniques.

Contact Brenda: brenda@frre.net or 651-341-1900

Rachel Schutt — COO and Service Coordinator

VideoRachel is a natural leader and gifted problem-solver with a keen eye for detail and the drive to provide exceptional client care. Her genuine compassion and integrity shine through as she helps individuals and families navigate their way through the healthcare system, ensuring everyone receives the care they need. As Family Recovery Resource Expert’s service coordinator, Rachel acts as the first point of contact for families and individuals seeking help with recovery.

Rachel attended the University of Minnesota, where she completed her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Child Psychology, with a minor in Family Social Science. She has honed her skills as a helper through her experiences on the administrative side of the behavioral health care industry, working as an integral part of the management teams at Minnesota Mental Health Clinics, River Ridge, and here at Family Recovery Resource Experts.

To read Rachel’s blog posts, click here. Contact Rachel: rachel@frre.net or 651-308-9401

Marc Hertz — Founder/Consultant

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Through his own experience as an interventionist, focusing on one single individual getting the help they needed, Marc found himself frustrated and dissatisfied. This led him to founding FRrē (originally under Marc Hertz Consulting, LLC) with the mission and focus on helping the entire family recover from being stuck in their experience with a behavioral issue. In Marc’s view, the field, in general, was falling short in regard to the attention being paid to families and systems affected by addiction, mental health and behavioral issues. As the practice evolved over time, the main focus turned toward workshops for the entire family. The Dynamic Family Workshopwas born as a way to intervene on the situation in a more collaborative and trauma-informed way. This unique approach got individuals the help they need and resolved the relational issues that existed within the families/systems.

Marc officially retired on October 1, 2019. His vision and the services provided at FRrē continue on with its team of dedicated and skilled individuals.

“Thank you so much to the families who trusted this model and let me/us become part of your family for a period in time. Thank you to the professionals in the field who recognized the rarity and efficacy of our mission and supported us as we formulated and solidified our work.

I have complete and total confidence that this unique work continues with a level of integrity and skill that clients and the field have come to expect from the FRrē team.”  -Marc Hertz

To read and see Marc’s blog posts, click here.