Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Thomas E. Kelly, PsyD, LP
Clinical Director

Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with 23 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. He has provided the clinical direction and supervision for the St. Peter Counseling Center for nearly 4 years.

Dr. Kelly has worked in a variety of mental health settings and with a variety of levels of care including residential treatment for children, inpatient treatment for children and adults, and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. He has worked in a variety of classroom settings for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Kelly began his professional work in psychology as a Milieu Counselor for children with Autism and has worked with this population in a variety of roles since 1986. He has additional extensive experience working with parents, teachers, school settings, and juvenile probation officers. Utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy, Dr. Kelly has experience working with adolescents and adults with sexual behavior or offending problems. Other therapeutic techniques include insight-oriented supportive therapy and play therapy.

Dr. Kelly also performs assessment and evaluation for children, adolescents, and young adults for a variety of mental conditions or concerns.

Gene Taylor, MS, LPCC
Executive Director

Gene received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Huron College in 1978 with a Major in Criminal Justice and Minor in Psychology. He received his Master’s degree in Human Resource and Development from South Dakota State University in 2003. Gene is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Minnesota.

Amanda Hoerst, MS, LPCC

Amanda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in mental health counseling.  Amanda has provided a wide range of mental health services including diagnostic assessments, psychosexual assessments, individual, group, and family therapy for adults, adolescents, and children.  She has over 8 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals with sexually problematic behaviors, as well as individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma histories, and ADHD.  She takes a person-centered focus during the therapy and assessment process, using cognitive behavior therapy, and sex offender specific models including the Good Lives Model and self-regulation model.  She has presented at the state wide MSSA conference in Spring 2016. Amanda is currently pursuing training to become a certified sex offender treatment provider.

J. Scott Schaffer, MS, LPCC, LICSW

Scott graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Scott is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Scott has over 15 years of clinical experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and families. Scott focuses on client strengths and works collaboratively with clients to help them navigate roadblocks in their lives. His background includes helping clients with sexually problematic behaviors, social and emotional difficulties, trauma, and psychosis.

Tricia Johnson, MSW, LGSW
Therapist/Program Supervisor

Tricia initially began working with the Leo A. Hoffmann agency in 2011 as a youth counselor in the Hoffmann Center residential treatment program. Tricia then began as a therapist in the St. Peter Counseling Center program in 2015, following a brief 6 month break from working at LAHC. Tricia obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree and she went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree, both from Minnesota State University- Mankato. Tricia brings a professional background that is diverse and includes working with children and their families with concerns ranging from communication to trauma and child problem sexual behavior. Other areas of experience include: mental health therapy with adults, children, and families, social skills training (CTSS & ARMHS) with children and adults, serving people with intellectual disabilities co-occurring with mental illness, residential and outpatient treatment for adolescent boys, policy and accreditation work, and services for the elderly population. Tricia is licensed as an LGSW and is on track for independent licensure.  She is currently working towards completing training in play therapy with the intent of being a registered play therapist, and has specialized training and working towards certification in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

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Benefits of Choosing a Career with Us

  • Flexible schedule
  • A chance to join a team that makes a difference
  • Be a valued member of the team
  • Excellent and competitive benefits package (medical, dental, life, 403B plan, FSA/HRA, PTO, 10 paid holidays)
  • Continuing education and training opportunities available
  • Potential licensure supervision opportunities
  • Fun and professional work environment

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Please email your cover letter, resume, and completed application to Stephanie Taylor at or mail to: St. Peter Counseling Center, Attn: Stephanie Taylor, 1715 Sheppard Drive, PO Box 60, St. Peter, MN 56082