Connect was created for you.

As the field of online therapy grows, it’s increasingly difficult to find comprehensive, high-quality education. You’ve told us how challenging it is to find specialized education for your unique needs. We’ve been listening. Our team has grown to provide you with the education and support that you need. Whether you’re looking for help with marketing and online presence, online practice development, or TMH implementation into your agency or academic program, we have options for you. We’re pleased to introduce you to our team.



Shelly Smith, LMFT is co-founder of Connect, LLC and United Counseling & Wellness, LLC. She works with therapists to provide education and consultation about TMH services. She provides online and in-person therapy services to individuals, couples, and families. Shelly presents on TMH topics and loves getting to know colleagues in the field. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children and enjoys triathlons, good coffee, laughing with friends, and being outside in nature.



Jen Labanowski, LMFT is co-founder of Connect, LLC and United Counseling & Wellness, LLC. She works with individuals, couples, and families both online and in person. She’s passionate about providing therapists with guidance and education about the world of online therapy. Jen lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter. She likes to spend her free time relaxing with family and friends, cooking, practicing yoga, and enjoying the beautiful lakes and parks of Minneapolis.



Aaron Norton, PhD, LMFT is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and program director for a COAMFTE-Accredited master’s and doctoral program. He publishes and presents about technology and online therapy. He brings his knowledge and experience in research, education, supervision, accreditation, and curriculum development to the Connect team. In addition to his academic work and clinical practice, he enjoys running and playing basketball. Aaron is married and has four beautiful children.



Jaclyn Cravens Pickens, PhD, LMFT-Associate is an assistant professor for a COAMFTE-Accredited master’s and doctoral program. She researches and lectures on TMH related topics, focusing heavily on technology and couples. Jaclyn publishes and presents on TMH topics and maintains a private practice in Lubbock, TX. She brings her extensive knowledge in research, education, supervision, accreditation, and curriculum development to the Connect team. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys time with family and friends and is an avid runner.



Stephen Tisch is the owner of a thriving digital marketing agency that works with organizations on how to build formulaic marketing plans using reach, engagement, and conversion. His experience has helped companies rebrand, launch new products, build powerful stories, and create scalable marketing tactics. Stephen loves his wife, the Minnesota Vikings, and playing golf (in his very limited free time).



Annie Sperides specializes in online marketing - specifically website optimization, SEO & paid search. She has over 10 years of experience working on various online marketing campaigns ranging from small businesses looking to improve their website presence to large corporations looking to generate leads and build their email list. When not drafting H1 headers for your website, Annie can be found spending time with her husband and two daughters at the park or tackling one of her home improvement projects.



Nicole Denison, our Operations Specialist, has a B.A. in Business Administration and Master's certificate in Virtual Business. She streamlines our operations and works to ensure a positive client experience. Her interests include helping small businesses figure out how to streamline and delegate work outside of their genius zone and grow and handle all things administrative to help make that a reality. Nicole lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and two dogs. She enjoys, running, cooking, swimming, painting, and spending time in nature.