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.
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 is the Clinical Supervisor for Integrity Counseling and oversees all operations for the business to ensure all clients of Integrity Counseling receive the best level of care possible.
Branden Smith, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
BS in Psychology with an emphasis on Social Science from North Dakota State University
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University
Branden provides individual therapy for adults and older adolescents. His primary orientation comes from Dialectical Behavior Therapy with a focus on acceptance, flexible attention to the present moment, and modifying unhelpful or outdated thinking patterns. 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, borderline personality disorder, suicidal thoughts, alcohol use disorder, and mood disorders. He aims to help clients achieve an accurate and rational interpretation of their lives, worldviews, values, and perspectives of self.
Merit Fondong, BSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
My name is Merit Fondong and I'm a board certified Nurse Practitioner in family medicine and psychiatry. I completed my education as a family nurse practitioner at the University of North Dakota in 2015. I have had the pleasure of working in diverse areas of medicine such as emergency room, urgent care, nursing home, hospital, assisted living, and in clinic. I’m also certified in addiction medicine. In addition, I provide marijuana certification services. I obtained my psychiatric nurse practitioner certification from the University of North Dakota in 2021 and have been providing mental health services through Telehealth. I believe in the philosophy that patients should be treated as a whole person and patient-centered care empowers the patient to be in control of health and treatment.
Adriene Wade Harms, BS, MHPR
LPCC Clinical Student Under Supervision
Adriene is attending Capella University to get her LPCC and is interested in specializing in CBT, DBT therapy practices, and EMDR. She has provided mental health services for children, teens, and adults with a targeted focus on teaching clients to better manage mental health symptoms and learn to self-regulate. She has experience in dealing with individuals who are faced with crisis-level events and high-risk symptoms, providing crisis assessments in-home, and operating as a veteran on-call worker for the Otter Tail County and Becker County Crisis Teams in emergency settings.
Adriene supports a mindful approach to mental health challenges. She subscribes to the notion that every individual is able to learn how to empower themselves and establish healthy goals in order to lead a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
Cassandra Votaw, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Cassandra is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Walden University while concurrently practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). With a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she offers tailored individual therapy sessions to adolescents and adults. Cassandra integrates a diverse range of therapeutic approaches and evidence-based interventions, ensuring each client receives personalized care aligned with their specific needs.
Erin Krog, MSW
LICSW Clinical Intern
I am a graduate student through MSUM in the Master’s in Social Work program. I believe we all have a story and your story matters. YOU matter. My goal is to create an honest, safe, and open place for you. My intention is for you to believe in your own value and worth. I am passionate about teen mental health, suicide prevention, and empowering youth. I hold a place in my heart for those experiencing grief and loss and will walk that journey with you. Every human has purpose, value, and worth. I believe in a person-centered approach, a strength-based approach, and cognitive behavioral change. I believe in empowering you to be your best self and in meeting you where you are on your journey.
You are worth celebrating. You are unique. In the entire world, there is only one you. I intend to help you nourish the seeds within you and share joy in your growth.
Today is a new day. Each day given holds the opportunity for a new beginning. Celebrate Today and Celebrate You. YOU MATTER.
Kristen Brown is our Office Manager/Receptionist. She has been in the healthcare field for over 15 years working with the elderly. She is now assisting and helping every age in many ways. She and her husband are raising their two young children in the Perham, MN area. They live in the country between the beautiful Minnesota lakes. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and being outdoors as much as possible.