About NuVation

Counseling That Works

NuVation Health Services is a licensed mental health clinic in Bismarck, ND that provides professional help to people who are in need of counseling due to life’s challenges such as behavioral disorders, depression, stress, family problems, marital issues and relationship conflicts, among others.

We believe that a sound state of mind and healthy relationships are a key to living life to the fullest. Problems and issues are inevitable but with professional counseling from NuVation Health Services, you are moving in the direction self-improvement and recovery.

Meet Our NuVation Therapists


Patty Hulm, MS, LPCC

Patty works with adults and adolescents who are dealing with depression and anxiety, along with other emotional and relationship difficulties. She is trained to offer EMDR Therapy to address a variety of struggles. Additionally, Patty has a passion for working with women who are on their way to becoming mothers. Whether it be struggles with infertility, pregnancy loss, or emotional struggles that begin after the baby is born, Patty has the specialized training to effectively work with women or couples to better cope with these issues.

When desired by the client, Patty is comfortable bringing the client’s Christian faith into their work together.

Theresa Porter, MSW, LCSW

One of our clinical experts, employs a solution-focused and strength-based approach in her treatment process. She has been active in the social work field since 1991, providing expert counseling to both the public and private sectors. Trained to provide EMDR therapy, Theresa focuses on finding ways to help you gain control of your life. She helps her patients in the areas of domestic violence, abuse, anger management, issues in marriage (traditional/non-traditional), children and families, depression and other struggles that get in the way of enjoying a harmonious, purposeful life.

Tana R. Hoornaert, MS, LPCC

 “A burden shared is a burden halved” -Werner Dekarski. Tana R. Hoornaert is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor at NuVation Health Services, PC. Tana practices with an integrative approach with a base in cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy for individuals 16 and older. Tana enjoys counseling because it provides an opportunity to help others in need. She is a strong advocate for individual rights. She is also a spouse, mother, dog mom, and avid crafter. Tana’s education background includes a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Masters in Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Mary.

Chelsea Nucech, MS, LPCC

Chelsea has a passion for helping people struggle less with the things that have caused suffering and connect to the life they want to live. She works with adults experiencing feelings of depression and anxiety. She also has training in and experience with helping those impacted by trauma. She emphasizes individualized care and has a collaborative approach in therapy process. She utilizes evidenced based practices of cognitive behavioral therapies as well as EMDR therapy. Chelsea integrates techniques in therapy to help people experience the present, increase ability to tolerate distress, support a sense of control, take effective action, and decrease dysregulation.

Jen Polk, MS, LPCC

native of Bismarck, Jen works with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, past trauma, and coping with life changes. Jen has special interest and experience in treating attachment issues and obsessive-compulsive disorders in children and teens. Jen uses strengths-based approach with cognitive and dialectical behavior and attachment-based play therapy techniques. Jen has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Theraplay. Jen holds Bachelor’s degree in music from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from University of Mary. Jen enjoys spending time with her sons and her dog, cooking, Legos, hiking, reading, playing piano, and singing with the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus.

Lauren Folmer, MS, LPCC

Lauren is experienced in working with children and adolescents. Lauren utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy with a strengths-based, person-centered approach to client relationships. Her goal for individuals in therapy is to empower the individual to lead a healthy and productive life through a variety of techniques, depending on their unique goals. Lauren has a passion for working with youth and young adults and utilizes play in therapy with children. She is experienced in working with depression, trauma, cognitive delays, anxiety, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.

Casey Schaff, MS, LAPC

Casey is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor who is committed to meeting his clients wherever they may be struggling most. From teens to adults, he uses a collaborative approach to healing, incorporating the modalities of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory along with traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Casey’s goals are to help others take control of their lives by using a variety of means that work for the individual. The scope of Casey’s practice includes helping with anxiety, depression, stress management and other emotional and behavioral related concerns. He has trainings with binge eating and body image issues and specific interests in the areas of sport/performance related issues and Christian values. Finding a person comfortable talking about religious issues can be complex and challenging. Casey has the ability to incorporate your values system into counseling.

Sarah Olsen, MS, LAPC

Sarah is passionate about helping people achieve emotional wellness and realizing their purpose and potential. She believes that compassion and forgiveness towards self and others is the first step towards healing. Sarah works with individuals ages 12 and up, and couples, experiencing a variety of mental health challenges. Sarah uses an integrative approach in counseling, drawing from multiple theories and techniques. She served the community as a Registered Nurse for 12 years before deciding to focus her desire to help others on mental health. Some of her favorite things are cross-country skiing, snowboarding, camping, hunting, and fishing. She is a boy-mom who loves nature, reading and spoiling her dog. Sarah welcomes clients of all faiths and offers Christian counseling for those clients who desire.

Christen Kroom-Jackosky, MS, LAPC

As an integrative therapist, Christen specializes in tailoring approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy to suit your unique needs. Christen’s areas of interest include working with teen and adult clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, and phobias. With a focus on providing a supportive and collaborative environment, she brings extensive experience and specialized training in working with military personnel and their families. Christen is a Star Behavioral Health Provider. Her goal is to empower individuals to navigate life’s challenges and foster positive change in a compassionate and understanding manner. In her spare time, Christen is an avid crafter and pet parent.