Erin Sanford

Erin Sanford - Counselor

Erin Sanford
MA, LPC-MH, NCC, QMHP

Erin has worked in the mental health field since 2007, and is a licensed professional counselor of mental health (LPC-MH) in the state of South Dakota. She also holds a qualified mental health provider certification (QMHP), and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC). She attended college at the University of South Dakota (USD) for her undergraduate degrees and master degree. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology. She also holds her Master’s Degree in Counseling.

Erin first began her practice as a counselor for Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare (2007-2011). Then she joined the Wellspring group, a private practice in Sioux Falls SD (2011-2014). In 2014, she made the decision to move her practice to Brandon, so that she could serve individuals closer to her home.

Erin treats a wide variety of mental health issues and relationship problems. Specific areas of emphasis include: teenage struggles, parenting skills, anxiety, depression, life stressors, spirituality issues, weight and body image issues, life transitions, and marital therapy. Erin also has a special passion for individuals struggling with grief and loss. This passion stemmed from her own tragic loss of her beautiful twin daughters Grace and Bethany Sanford who passed away shortly after their birth in May 2012. In June 2015 Erin became a grief recovery specialist® through the Grief Recovery Institute®. Erin’s counseling approach offers solutions and support to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families as they face their challenges. She builds upon their strengths and partners with them to respectfully address their unique emotional, spiritual, mental, and social needs. In addition to serving individuals in her counseling practice at Agapé Counseling Center, Erin also practices part time at Falls Community Health in Sioux Falls SD.

Erin is a wife and a mother to 7 beautiful children Anika, Meredyth, Josiah, Grace and Bethany, Carly Jo, and Max. She is active in her local church "The Ransom" where she provides support to individuals by facilitating the program Grief Share. Since 2013 Erin has been an advocate for families who lose infant children. She began the "Golfing for Grace and Birdies for Bethany" annual golf tournament fundraiser to raise money to help support families who lose infant children. Erin enjoys running, golfing, softball, camping and many other outdoor activities. She loves spending time with her friends and family.


Jen Zerfas

Jen Zerfas - Counselor

Jen Zerfas
MA, LPC-MH, NCC, LAC, QMHP

Jen has a background in mental health, addictions, and prevention counseling. Jen attended undergraduate and graduate school at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and received a B.A. in Psychology and English with a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies, and a M.A. in Community/Agency Counseling. Jen is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor Mental Health (LPC-MH), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and a Quality Mental Health Professional (QMHP).

Jen has been working in the counseling field since 2008. She has been fortunate to provide counseling services for a wide range of individuals. She has worked in private practice settings as well as outpatient and inpatient addictions treatment centers where she performed drug, alcohol, and violence prevention services in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas. She has been able to work in some of our local schools including Lennox, Harrisburg, Tri-Valley, and Canistota. Prior to earning a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of South Dakota, she worked as a rehabilitation technician/medication aide at Keystone (inpatient) Treatment Center for almost 4 years.

Jen has volunteered as a group facilitator with HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar - an international leadership camp for high school sophomores) since 2007. In her spare time, she loves participating in the arts, especially painting and going to concerts and music festivals. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, camping, reading, watching football and soccer, listening to music, walking, and trying new local restaurants.

Jen enjoys working with all age populations and enjoys doing individual, family, and couples therapy. Additionally, Jen has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults. She has a unique ability to walk alongside these young individuals and encourage them to move to greater levels of personal wellness and success. Jen is accepting new patients of any age and will offer counseling for a wide range of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, PTSD, marriage and family concerns, body image, low self-esteem, trauma, and many other patient concerns. She is ready and willing to meet you where you are at, in an effort to join you as you navigate through your unique circumstances.


Brea Grueneich

Brea Grueneich - Counselor

Brea Grueneich
MA, LPC, NCC

Brea is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of South Dakota and a nationally certified counselor (NCC). She attended North Dakota State University (NDSU) and graduated in 2015 with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also has a bachelors of science in psychology from NDSU.

Brea has worked in the mental health field since 2012, beginning by offering support to domestic violence victims in shelter. Brea has also worked as a support professional to teens with emotional and behavioral challenges and as part of a hospital psychiatric team for adults and children in mental health crisis. After graduating with her masters, Brea moved to Sioux Falls and began working at Children’s Home Society (2015-2019) providing individual, group, and family counseling to children in need of residential treatment. During her time at Children’s Home, Brea gained extensive experience working with children who have experienced various forms of abuse, issues related to adoption and foster care, and childhood mental illness. Additionally, Brea has provided education regarding trauma focused care and positive parenting for families and caregivers.

Brea enjoys working with all ages and provides individual, couples, and family counseling. She utilizes person centered, mindfulness, and strength based approaches to provide hope for clients and a safe space for healing. Brea has a passion for working with clients who have experienced various forms of trauma, including childhood trauma, domestic violence, and caregiver stress. Other areas of expertise include grief and loss, ADHD, anxiety and depression, and gender related issues.

When not at work, Brea enjoys being outside and exploring the outdoors by hiking, camping, and gardening. She is also passionate about the sport of curling and is currently a certified curling instructor. Brea also currently lives with her partner Jake, retired therapy dog Skye, and puppy Finnegan.


Sarah Shoffner

Sarah - Counselor

Sarah Shoffner
CSW-PIP, QMHP

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CSW-PIP) in South Dakota. She also holds a qualified mental health provider certification (QMHP). She attended Southwest Minnesota State University and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She then went on to complete her Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Dakota.

Sarah uses a strength-based perspective to recognize and cultivate the potential in others. Sarah specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families struggling with anxiety issues, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, social skills, parenting skills, life transitions, grief, and trauma. Sarah has additional training and experience working with emergency responders (law enforcement, fire fighters, 911 dispatchers).

Sarah has over 20 years of social work experience and has held a variety of positions that have added to her wealth of knowledge. Sarah is also a wife and mother to 5 children. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching her kids play sports, campfires (mostly the smores), walking her dog and traveling.


Jenny Sanford

Jenny Sanford - Office Manager

Jenny Sanford
Office Manager & Billing Specialist

Jenny Sanford is the business manager and billing specialist at Agapé Counseling Center. She is dedicated to helping you navigate through the "insurance coverage world". Agapé Counseling Center accepts most types of insurance however if you find yourself struggling to understand your unique plan and coverage she is here to help. Jenny will also help you if you have questions or concerns regarding your billing statements, charges, or any other office type questions. We understand that the individuals who are coming to our office have enough stress as it is without having to deal with additional stressors related to billing. For that reason, Jenny is here to help! Please feel free to leave a message for Jenny and she will follow up with you as soon as possible. Her hours vary so there may be a short delay in her response time.

Bio

Erin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor of mental health and holds a professional license to practice in the state of South Dakota.

Services

Counseling and therapy services include marriage, parent and teens, depression and anxiety, weight and body image, spirituality, and life transition counseling.

Testimonial

"Erin made me start a new life and love it after I lost hope. She guided me starting and building my new life from nothing. She is sweet, honest in dealing with me, smart and loves to help people. Personally I love to speak with her about my personal affairs; I always trust and confide in her."
International Patient