About Integrity Counseling

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.

Therapy room at Integrity Counseling

Meet our Team

Bridgit A. Pankonin, M.A., LPCC, CCMHC, BC-TMH

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

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.

Richelle Ramirez, RN, CNP

Richelle Ramirez, RN, CNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Richelle has been in practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for 17 years with an additional 8 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse. Richelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of New Mexico, her Post Masters certificate from the University of Arizona and her Pharm D degree from Creighton University. Richelle is board certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Richelle provides medication evaluation and management services to the clients of Integrity Counseling and other clients from the community.

Richelle specializes in psychopharmacology/medication management services for adult and geriatric disorders with a particular focus on depression, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Adolescents experiencing mood disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders are also treated.

Richelle is devoted to providing quality comprehensive psychiatric services and delivering high quality mental health care.

Branden Smith

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.A.

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

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.

Kristi Meyer

Kristi Meyer

Receptionist

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.