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Our Knowledgeable and Caring Therapists are Capable of Providing Counseling Services for a Variety of Mental Health Concerns

At LifeSteps Counseling our purpose is to provide you with quality mental health care. Our therapists, presented with varying backgrounds, experiences, and licenses, are here to dynamically help you work through life and personal changes as well as any mental health issues that arise from those developments. As an outpatient mental health clinic, our therapists are licensed and extensively experienced in working with individuals, couples, families, groups, adolescents, and children, to help with the following concerns:

  • Depression
  • Parenting Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Relationship Problems

Beyond our credentials, and more importantly, is the fact that we genuinely care about your well being.

LifeSteps Counseling meets the following regulations / standards:

HIPPA Compliance  |  Professional Liability Insurance  |  Board of Social Work Code of Ethics  |  Board of Marriage / Family Therapy Code of Ethics


Nyla Kraemer, MSW, LICSW

Nyla Kraemer, MSW, LICSW

Nyla is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a master's degree from University of St. Thomas / St. Catherine's College, St. Paul, MN.

The focus of her clinical career has been treatment of children, adolescents, adults and their families, on clinical issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mental Illness: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Children & Adolescent Concerns
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Anger
  • Family Relationships & Concerns
  • Adjustment Disorders

Successful treatment has involved individual therapy, as well as group and family counseling. Once mood and anxiety issues have been individually addressed with children and adolescents, family issues can be incorporated with the goal of successful treatment of the patients total mental health environment.

Nyla has worked with the county, school and counseling center to establish and expand a Day Treatment program for adolescent's in the Wadena/Deer Creek School system. The program began with three students and she expanded it to cover grades K-9 with an emphasis on mental health therapy and an educational component. The dual focus enabled students to re-enter the main stream educational student body with improved confidence, stronger mental health, plus remain current with educational skills. The work was accomplished through individual work with the student, group sessions and family therapy in a holistic approach.

As a social worker practicing under the code of ethics, she worked towards strengthening relationships among individuals, families, social groups and communities. She engages the client as a partner in the helping process to promote change for the individual and family through the use of the strengths perspective and empowerment.


Jennifer Bettis, MS, LMFT

Jennifer Oldenburg, MS, LMFT

Jen received her Master's degree and an additional certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University in 2004. She completed her internships working with adolescent and adult sex offenders in an outpatient setting as well as with adults recovering from traumatic brain injuries in an inpatient setting. She has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2007.

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Family Issues
  • Marital Issues

She also works with adults, couples, and families. The focus of her therapy includes getting the family involved for the support of the children as well as to promote changes in the family system that will help continued progress once therapy has been completed.

Jen enjoys the challenges that her work presents, as well as the rewards it holds for everyone involved. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, client-centered approaches, as well as family systems approaches to ensure that she is able to meet the client's needs. Out of office referrals, to other service providers, are made as necessary to ensure the best possible outcome for each client.


Staci Beto, MSW, LICSW

Staci Beto, MSW, LICSW

Staci Beto is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a Master of Social Work degree from the College of St. Scholastica. She has additional training in trauma focused therapy, bereavement counseling and mindfulness. Staci believes in providing guidance and support to you in order to shift the sense of powerless to powerful, to help you to transform your sense and feelings of discomfort to a state of feeling calm, peaceful, settled, confident and in control. This is accomplished through working together to realize the you that you want to be and taking steps to get there.

She enjoys working with people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability. She offers additional specialization in grief and loss.

Staci worked as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) for four years before returning to college to graduate with a Master of Social Work. As an LSW, Staci worked with families and young children in Head Start. She also has worked as a hospice social worker and bereavement coordinator. Staci has a passion for helping people to become their best self. She enjoys working with people from all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability.

Staci specializes in treatment of:

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Women's Issues
  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Self-worth
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Life transitions and adjustments
  • Relationship Issues
  • Social Skills
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Mental Illness

Staci has an eclectic style and uses a combination of evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT), and the Strengths Based Approach. Staci focuses on the inherent strength of individuals, families, and groups. She utilizes a client's personal strengths to aid recovery and empowerment.

Contact Us

LifeSteps Counseling
15 1st Ave SE, Suite 2
Long Prairie, MN 56347

Phone: 320.732.3344
Fax: 320.732.3352