Our Counselors

Erin Sanford

Erin Sanford - Counselor

Erin Sanford
MA, NCC, LPC-MH, QMHP
Licensed Professional Counselor- Mental Health

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 (Psychology and Sociology) and master’s degree (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). During these years she also did contract work with the City of Sioux Falls at Falls Community Health where she walked with people from all different backgrounds, presenting with many different struggles (2011-2022). In 2014, she opened her private practice, Agape Counseling Center, in Brandon, SD. Her practice has grown to include 6 full time therapists and one graduate level intern.

Erin treats a wide variety of mental and behavioral health issues as well as relationship challenges. Specific areas of emphasis include anxiety, depression, life stressors, trauma, rebuilding self-esteem, spirituality issues, body image, life transitions, conflict resolution, and couple’s 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 individuals, 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. She is passionate about using mindfulness, CBT, trauma processing techniques, and strength-based exploration to enhance client's understanding of themself.

Erin is married to her best friend Jeremy and together they have 7 beautiful children Anika, Meredyth, Josiah, Grace and Bethany, Carly Jo, and Max. Erin enjoys an active lifestyle that mostly consists of camping, following her children’s sporting activities, hiking, and ministry work. She enjoys cooking, traveling, playing cards, and spending time with her friends and family. She firmly believes that laughter is “the best medicine” so her lighthearted demeanor is sure to help people feel comfortable in even the most challenging circumstances.

Erin will help you work on identifying problem areas and how to change your worldview to build a stronger foundation. She will work to help you grow in your relationships, build on your communication skills, and provide more effective emotional regulation. If you are ready for healthy adjustments in your life, Erin is ready to help support and encourage you.


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.


Kenny

Kenny - Counselor

Kenny
LPC, LPCC

Kenny is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of South Dakota and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Minnesota. He attended The University of South Dakota where he obtained a Bachelor of Science, majoring in both psychology and sociology. He pursued graduate studies at Sioux Falls Seminary where he completed a Master of Arts in Counseling as well as a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership.

Before joining Agapé Counseling Center in May 2021, Kenny was employed with Southwestern Mental Health Center, serving southwest Minnesota for nearly five years. During his time spent with this agency, he saw a variety of different clients within a wide range of ages and presentations. Kenny has experience working with children, adults, couples, and families, in a variety of contexts including outpatient settings, schools, homes, and hospitals. He gained key perspectives throughout his time at SWMHC with family systems and a holistic understanding regarding growth, self development, and wellness.

Kenny enjoys working with adolescents and adults, providing individual, couples, and family counseling. He has a passion for looking beyond symptoms and attempting to reach and cultivate the identity and authentic self that lie at the heart and foundation of each of us. In this pursuit, Kenny employs a relational approach, utilizing elements of mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, and meditation. Specific areas of emphasis include: anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress management, parenting skills, spirituality issues and concerns, identity confusion, self-esteem, and marriage and family concerns.

Kenny is a husband and a father to two inspiring boys. He also has two dogs - a Great Dane who has been known to eat 12 cups of food and bark at a breeze and a Golden Retriever Mix, known as the nanny of the house for the way in which he looks after everyone at home. Outside of work, Kenny enjoys spending time with his family, being outside, staying active, and learning guitar.


Lindsey Krueger

Lindsey Krueger - Counselor

Lindsey Krueger
CSW-PIP

Lindsey is a licensed clinical social worker (CSW-PIP) in the state of South Dakota with over 10 years of experience in the field. She received her Bachelor degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University, Mankato and her Masters of Social Work from the University of South Dakota. She has been providing counseling services to individuals and groups since 2016. She has experience working with trauma, chronic illness, grief, depression, anxiety, emotional intensity and a variety of life stressors. Lindsey also had the pleasure of implementing a therapy role for patients and families on a medical rehabilitation unit. On the unit, Lindsey assisted with adjustment to strokes, brain injuries, cancer, accidents and a variety of other health issues.

Lindsey has a unique understanding that sometimes life and emotions can become intense. She approaches therapy as a way to help strengthen individuals with the goal of no longer needing her services. Lindsey is eclectic in her approach and believes with the right support, anyone is capable of living their best life. She has utilized CBT, DBT, strength based, art, humor and a variety of other techniques to help people. Lindsey provides a safe environment for individuals to share and grow at their own comfort level while learning beneficial coping skills. That way when life turns into a hot mess, the individual doesn’t have to. Lindsey meets with individuals twelve years to the end of life.

Outside of therapy, Lindsey is a wife and mother to four very strong-willed children. She loves spending time enjoying nature and creating a beautiful landscape on her acreage. When she isn’t chasing after her children, some of her favorite activities include planting flowers, cooking/baking, trying new activities and eating at local restaurants.

Contact Our Therapists & Counselors

Phone: 605-582-4722
Fax: 605-582-3197

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