Counseling from a faith-based perspective

Meet the Counselors


Amy Tahran, LPCC, Owner

Amy Tahran, owner, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. 

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Amy draws on an extensive background of counseling experience in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and school settings to provide services to individuals and couples. She believes that all people have the ability to grow and change, and this belief is the foundation from which she encourages and challenges her clients to process, explore, and make lasting changes in order to live their best lives.

Amy utilizes numerous approaches and strives to connect with clients to identify patterns and themes that may be contributing to undesirable thoughts or behaviors. Her strengths-based approach combines Hope Focused Christian Counseling, CBT/REBT, and Reality Therapy.

Amy earned her undergraduate degree from Valley City State University and her master's degree in counseling from North Dakota State University. She is a member of the North Dakota Counseling Association, the ND Mental Health Counselor Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Dorothy Russell, LPC


Dorothy has more than 5 years of experience working with teens and families in the judicial system. She is trained and experienced with numerous parenting and counseling approaches in a wide variety of mental health concerns. Her main approach centers around CBT, Solution-Focused, and crisis counseling. Her therapeutic belief is that everyone is functioning the best they can with what they have. She challenges her clients to live intentionally, developing the best of themselves.

Dorothy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary, Bismarck and her master's degree in counseling from the University of Mary, Fargo.

Who We Are


Our Practice

Solid Ground staff are licensed professionals, equipped to provide effective outpatient mental health services in a safe, unbiased environment. We are dedicated to working with our clients toward their goals and providing a safe space to find healing. 


Our Treatment Focus

Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. 

We firmly believe that healing is possible for those who build their recovery on a firm foundation. In our counseling sessions, we strive to assist clients in developing strong roots through the healing process. 


Our Services

Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move from where you were to where you want to be in your life. 

Our Services include:  

¨ Individual, couples, and family counseling, including services for marital issues, recovery-related issues, anxiety, depression, aggression, parenting issues, grief, relationships, after care, and relapse prevention.

¨ Therapy services for adults and adolescents age 15+

¨ Solid Ground is a contracted provider for the North Dakota Free  Through Recovery program and Region VI Peer Support

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Our Therapy

Depression & Anxiety


Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. 


Trauma & Grief


Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger following traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the therapy process of grief and healing. 




Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.     

Solid Ground also offers Pre-Marital counseling sessions.

About Us

Our foundation


Solid Ground is a Christian ministry; our counseling staff remain rooted and guided by a common Christian perspective. 


“Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground—as they grow roots. Trees must develop strong roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.”—Joyce Meyer



Solid Ground works with multiple EAP programs and we also offer a generous sliding fee scale for self-pay clients.  We are first and foremost a ministry; our desire is to serve our clients and we will work with you to ensure you receive the counseling you need.

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Solid Ground

Solid Ground 202 Central Ave S, Ste 4 Valley City, ND 58072 US

(701) 490-2932


Appointments available by arrangement