Founded in 2014, Integrity Counseling started off as one provider, Bridgit Pankonin, LPCC with a vision to help create better futures for her clients. Since then, Integrity Counseling has grown to a group of providers, contributing a bigger variety of services and more counseling sessions.
We know healthy businesses, communities and people thrive on intentional change. We want to come alongside you and help write a better story for your future.
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Meet our Team
Bridgit A. Pankonin, M.A., LPCC, CCMHC, BC-TMH
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
BA Psychology Southwest Minnesota State University
MA Forensic Psychology University of North Dakota
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Adams State University
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Certified Telemental Health Provider
Bridgit sees clients from Adolescence to Adulthood. She provides individual, couples and family counseling. Bridgit is specialized in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adults.
Bridgit believes that change is always possible and her goal is to help her clients change their experience of life!
Bridgit will help clients with anxiety, depression, panic, family/relationship issues, adolescent issues, parenting, suicide, worry, adjusting to new circumstances, regulating emotions, tolerating distress and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
James Broton, M.S., LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
National Certified Counselor
James provides therapy to individuals (children to adults), couples and families. He customizes each therapy session to meet the needs of each client and also specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adults.
James will help clients with anxiety, depression, panic, family/relationship issues, child/adolescent issues, PTSD, suicide, worry, adjusting to new circumstances, regulating emotions, anger, and goal setting.
Branden Smith, M.A.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Branden provides individual therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. His base theoretical orientation comes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with a focus on acceptance, flexible attention to the present moment, and modifying unhelpful or outdated cognitive themes. He is always willing to learn and grow to provide evidence-based, integrative care depending on his clients' needs.
Branden's counseling focus is treating depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, alcohol use disorder, and complicated presentations of mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder. He aims to help clients achieve an accurate and rational interpretation of their life, worldview, values, and perspective of self.
BS Psychology with an emphasis on Social Science from North Dakota State University
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University
Elizabeth Niewojna, M.Ed., NCC
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Elizabeth provides individual counseling with adults, children, and adolescents. She utilizes a person-centered approach, where she works together with clients to collaboratively reach their goals. She values empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard with her clients and enjoys the creative process of matching her client’s presenting concerns, goals, personalities, and interests with tools and interventions from various theories and therapies, such as narrative, trauma informed CBT, DBT, RCT, art, existential, and mindfulness.
She specializes in working with clients who are experiencing distress with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, sexual assault, grief and loss, shame and guilt, and self-esteem.
She enjoys keeping up to date on counseling research, reading and writing, camping, paddle boarding, biking, and adventuring with her English Springer Spaniel Quinn.
Jennifer Marr, DNP, APRN, CNP, PNP-BC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer has been in practice as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over 4 years with experience in primary care and acute care. She has worked as a nurse in pediatrics as well as rural health for over 10 years prior to her receiving her graduate degree. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Jennifer is board certified through the Pediatric Nurse College Board.
Jennifer provides medication evaluation and management of pediatric clients for Integrity Counseling.
Jennifer will provide medical evaluations and management services for pediatric patients to address the disorders of anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. Adolescents experiencing more complex concerns will be completed in association and/or referral to Pediatric Psychiatry.
Jennifer’s area of focus is in meeting the needs of pediatric mental health disorders and developmental pediatric concerns with a focus on rural health. This is where she is addressing her ongoing research. Additionally, her goal is to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health to meet the needs of all ages in mental health.
Tammy Top, BSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Adult Psychiatric Medication Provider
I have been in healthcare since 2001, working from certified nurse assistant all the way to a nurse practitioner. From 2004-2016 I worked as a registered nurse. As an RN I worked in many settings, primarily family practice. March of 2016 I graduated with my Family Nurse Practitioner. My first job was in correctional medicine with the South Dakota Department of Health. I genuinely enjoyed my time working with the inmate population and I gained a wealth of experience. It was during that time I realized my gifts and talents would be better utilized in psychiatric medicine. I left correctional medicine in 2019 to pursue my Psychiatric Mental Health Certification. During that time, I worked in urgent care and mental health settings. I have recently graduated from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Briar Cliff University and became board certified in June of 2021.
My goal is to provide patient-centered care, focusing on the client as a whole person. I believe medication is just one arm of treatment and it is best used in conjunction with therapy. I strive for a collaborative relationship with my clients listening to what is most important in their lives, their expectations, and their goals.
I look forward to developing meaningful patient-provider relationships and guiding you through your journey.
I am originally from Fargo and moved to the Perham area 13 years ago. I graduated from Interstate Business College with a degree in Dental Assisting.
I worked in Dental for many years as an assistant and in the front office. I have been working in healthcare for several years now and I found an opportunity to work for Integrity Counseling. My hobbies include gardening, crafting, kayaking, walking and I especially love to spend time with my pets and family.