Progressive Inspirations, Inc.


Our Mission:  Inspiring self discovery through Growth, Compassion and Acceptance 

Cynthia Peterson, MAC, MA, LP, RPT-S

Cynthia Peterson is a Licensed Psychologist and Addiction Specialist for adolescents and adults and holds a national credential as a Registered Play Therapist to specifically work with young children in directive, non-directive and sand tray play therapy. She has over 20 years of experience working diverse populations of children, adolescents and adults in a variety of mental health settings.

Her clinical specialties include trauma, grief/loss, addiction/chemical health, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, sleep issues, work concerns, stress management, life transition, or other relationship concerns including serving the LGBT population. she provides court order chemical dependency evaluations.

Cynthia has extensive experience providing support for Military families and Active/Non Active Duty Members as well as other types of law enforcement, first responders and health care professionals.

She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma and most recently EMDR. She provides, individual, couples and group therapy including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Cynthia has widespread community experience as a critical incident stress debriefing responder assisting individuals, families and organizations that are victims of crime. Cynthia endorses a holistic strength based approach when individualizing treatment plans to the client’s needs. Cynthia is a board approved supervisor and provides supervision for those seeking licensure or certification

Kim Hardy, MA, Mental Health Therapist

Kim received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, in January of 2016. Kim specializes in teaching effective communication skills, to families, to facilitate strong healthier relationships. She is passionate about having the opportunity to strengthen and empower individuals, families, and communities, through mental, physical and spiritual growth.

Kim provides individual and family therapy. Kim has an interest in empowering women to find and use their voice. She sees pre-teens, teenagers, and families. 

Kim is trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and finds it rewarding to work with youth and their families, by providing this type of family therapy. She has worked intensely, with at high risk adolescents and their families, to help resolve conflict and/or communication between each member..  

Kim’s experiences include co-facilitating group therapy, specifically a Co-Occurring DBT skills for adult women who had chemical dependency and mental health concerns and a Men’s Holistic Abuse Prevention Program, for men who had abusive behaviors, in relationships. Kim experience also includes assessing the nature of crisis situations and implementing interventions, as a resource counselor for a local crisis hotline.

 Kim believes that there can be a holistic healing; where clients are able to live healthier lives that impact others in a positive way. 

Angela Keys, MA, LPC

Angela is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's of arts degree in counseling psychology. Her recent experience includes working with at risk teens and their families as a Functional Family Therapist. Angela's passion is helping teens and parents resolve conflict and build better relationships. Her interests include LBGT individuals, couples and families, positive psychology, and finding connection with the self and others. 

Before working with families, Angela’s other experiences included youth assistant probation officer, life skills teacher and mentor, and sexual assault therapist and advocate. She began her career working at residential and group home facilities serving youth and adults with mental illness, chemical dependency and physical health issues. Angela is trained in crisis intervention strategies and group facilitation.

Angela's approach is non-judgmental, strength based and person-centered. She enjoys inspiring individuals to use their own strengths to compassionately navigate through transitions and growth.

Alicia LaTraille, MA Intern

Alicia LaTraille is a current graduate student at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She will receive her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services in December of 2021.  In the past, Alicia worked in the psychology research labs as well as worked as a youth counselor for sexual offenders. Alicia has worked recently as an eating disorder technician for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. She has worked with clients utilizing cognitive behavior therapy and dialectal behavior therapy skills. 

She has had the opportunity to lead group therapy with supervision as well as co-facilitate group therapy. Alicia also works as a behavior therapist for children with autism where she has been trained in applied behavior analysis.

Alicia is looking forward to gaining experience working with adults. She is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families as well as those with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief/loss, and stress management.

She is passionate about helping others better their lives through finding their own strengths to help navigate through the different stages of life.