Ashley Bechen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, RPT Verified
Offers online therapy
I enjoy working with children and their families to help them live their best lives. I work primarily with children ages 2-10 along with their parents or family. I take a play-based, non-directive, child centered approach in therapy, which allows the child to take the lead in sessions. This approach allows your child to feel respected and comfortable during the counseling process by utilizing toys and play–your child’s language–to help the therapist to understand your child’s world, while also supporting your child’s desire to play an active role in their counseling experience.
(605) 307-3651
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Offers online therapy
I enjoy working with children and their families to help them live their best lives. I work primarily with children ages 2-10 along with their parents or family. I take a play-based, non-directive, child centered approach in therapy, which allows the child to take the lead in sessions. This approach allows your child to feel respected and comfortable during the counseling process by utilizing toys and play–your child’s language–to help the therapist to understand your child’s world, while also supporting your child’s desire to play an active role in their counseling experience.
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Danielle Hertel
MA, LPC-Sup Verified
Offers online therapy
Following my desire to work with children, I began my professional experience as an elementary teacher. As a teacher, I found joy in supporting and advocating for students and families, working with children one-on-one to address specific emotional/behavioral needs, and realized the importance of providing a safe and trusting environment for an individual’s healing process. It was then that I understood my calling was to be a counselor and began this life changing journey!
(605) 307-5787
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Following my desire to work with children, I began my professional experience as an elementary teacher. As a teacher, I found joy in supporting and advocating for students and families, working with children one-on-one to address specific emotional/behavioral needs, and realized the importance of providing a safe and trusting environment for an individual’s healing process. It was then that I understood my calling was to be a counselor and began this life changing journey!
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Barse Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, QMHP Verified
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Qualified Mental Health Professional Certification, I specialize in helping children, teens, women & families decrease/eliminate problems with depression, anxiety, women's issues, anger mgmt, acting out behaviors, & life transitions, including separation & divorce, grief & loss.
If you are looking for a Friendly, Personable, Accepting, Experienced & Skilled Counselor, look no further. For over 30 years, I have provided a cozy environment in which I've helped children, teens & adults successfully navigate & work through difficult life circumstances, emotional & behavioral problems, communication & relational conflicts, & social & self-esteem/self-confidence issues. Even years after my clients have completed counseling, when I see them in the community, they stop me & tell me how much they enjoyed, learned & benefited from our time together.
(605) 646-7135
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As a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Qualified Mental Health Professional Certification, I specialize in helping children, teens, women & families decrease/eliminate problems with depression, anxiety, women's issues, anger mgmt, acting out behaviors, & life transitions, including separation & divorce, grief & loss.
If you are looking for a Friendly, Personable, Accepting, Experienced & Skilled Counselor, look no further. For over 30 years, I have provided a cozy environment in which I've helped children, teens & adults successfully navigate & work through difficult life circumstances, emotional & behavioral problems, communication & relational conflicts, & social & self-esteem/self-confidence issues. Even years after my clients have completed counseling, when I see them in the community, they stop me & tell me how much they enjoyed, learned & benefited from our time together.
Emily A Learing
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT-S Verified
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about helping women and children to experience a better life! In my practice, I focus on providing play therapy to children up to age 10, with a special emphasis on the early childhood population. I also provide mental health treatment to parents and other caregivers who are having difficulties in these caregiving roles. I provide counseling for women who are struggling with relationships, stress and other life difficulties who are looking to find more balance in life.
(605) 610-0786
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Offers online therapy
I am passionate about helping women and children to experience a better life! In my practice, I focus on providing play therapy to children up to age 10, with a special emphasis on the early childhood population. I also provide mental health treatment to parents and other caregivers who are having difficulties in these caregiving roles. I provide counseling for women who are struggling with relationships, stress and other life difficulties who are looking to find more balance in life.
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Pediatric Counseling and Consultation, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-MH, NCC, QMHP Verified
Offers online therapy
Seeking counseling for your child or adolescent can seem overwhelming. Some things are difficult to talk about. I am interested in listening to your child and family carefully and attentively. I will take the time during the first appointment to gain the information to help us determine the best method of therapy together. I am grateful to have received excellent training and experience, and am committed to offering the most appropriate counseling for best results. Whether it is treatment for depression, anxiety, behavior problems, social problems, grief, family conflict or something else, you are not alone.
(605) 646-7283
Verified
Offers online therapy
Seeking counseling for your child or adolescent can seem overwhelming. Some things are difficult to talk about. I am interested in listening to your child and family carefully and attentively. I will take the time during the first appointment to gain the information to help us determine the best method of therapy together. I am grateful to have received excellent training and experience, and am committed to offering the most appropriate counseling for best results. Whether it is treatment for depression, anxiety, behavior problems, social problems, grief, family conflict or something else, you are not alone.
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Stacey Hauck
Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC-MH, QMHP Verified
Offers online therapy
My areas of specialty include trauma/PTSD, child abuse/neglect, sexual assault, domestic violence.
As a client-centered, compassionate and collaborative therapist, my treatment approach focuses on the individual needs of my clients to help them reach their goals. I help adolescents, adults and families discover their strengths, gain perspective, and address their current challenges and long-standing issues. I use a selection of styles and techniques to incorporate what is most helpful for each client. Play therapy is the approach I use when working with early adolescence.
(605) 569-4728
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Offers online therapy
My areas of specialty include trauma/PTSD, child abuse/neglect, sexual assault, domestic violence.
As a client-centered, compassionate and collaborative therapist, my treatment approach focuses on the individual needs of my clients to help them reach their goals. I help adolescents, adults and families discover their strengths, gain perspective, and address their current challenges and long-standing issues. I use a selection of styles and techniques to incorporate what is most helpful for each client. Play therapy is the approach I use when working with early adolescence.
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Christopher J. Pudwill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSW, PIP Verified
Offers online therapy
I graduated from the University of South Dakota with my Master of Social Work degree. Throughout my career I have enjoyed working with a variety of clients and have experience with children, adolescents and adults in group, couples and individual therapy. My career has given me the opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings along with providing telehealth therapy services to individuals across SD, IA, MN and NE.
(605) 467-8170
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Offers online therapy
I graduated from the University of South Dakota with my Master of Social Work degree. Throughout my career I have enjoyed working with a variety of clients and have experience with children, adolescents and adults in group, couples and individual therapy. My career has given me the opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings along with providing telehealth therapy services to individuals across SD, IA, MN and NE.
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Caitlin Borges
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, CSW-PIP Verified
Offers online therapy
I am passionate and committed to serving children ages 3-10 experiencing a variety of mental health needs. My goal is to help children and their parents make connections between difficult behaviors and their underlying causes, and help them implement interventions that fit and work well for the family. I work from a person centered approach, providing strength-based care to help children and families address challenges in a way that meets each person’s unique needs. I also believe that play is the language of children, and use both directive and non-directive play therapy techniques to address struggles and difficult topics.
(605) 205-8704
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Offers online therapy
I am passionate and committed to serving children ages 3-10 experiencing a variety of mental health needs. My goal is to help children and their parents make connections between difficult behaviors and their underlying causes, and help them implement interventions that fit and work well for the family. I work from a person centered approach, providing strength-based care to help children and families address challenges in a way that meets each person’s unique needs. I also believe that play is the language of children, and use both directive and non-directive play therapy techniques to address struggles and difficult topics.
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Karen Dreier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, QMHP Verified
Offers online therapy
I am a Spanish bilingual therapist! Recognizing the courage and vulnerability it takes to enter into a therapeutic relationship, my goal is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for each individual to feel heard and understood. I use a variety of techniques to help individuals and families build skills to address concerns. I specialize in children and adolescent issues, addiction, depression and anxiety. Together we can tap into your strengths to walk the journey side by side.
(605) 210-5690
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I am a Spanish bilingual therapist! Recognizing the courage and vulnerability it takes to enter into a therapeutic relationship, my goal is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for each individual to feel heard and understood. I use a variety of techniques to help individuals and families build skills to address concerns. I specialize in children and adolescent issues, addiction, depression and anxiety. Together we can tap into your strengths to walk the journey side by side.
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Rachel Thyberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSW-PIP, RPT Verified
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about helping children to feel safe, to know that they are heard and understood, and to live their best life using the language of play. The use of Adlerian play therapy allows children to communicate in a safe and comfortable way that allows me as a therapist to better understand the challenges that they are facing and to help them to develop skills for navigating those challenges. My areas of interest include working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma—including those who have been involved in the Child Protection system—behavioral challenges, and life transitions.
(605) 307-5165
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Offers online therapy
I am passionate about helping children to feel safe, to know that they are heard and understood, and to live their best life using the language of play. The use of Adlerian play therapy allows children to communicate in a safe and comfortable way that allows me as a therapist to better understand the challenges that they are facing and to help them to develop skills for navigating those challenges. My areas of interest include working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma—including those who have been involved in the Child Protection system—behavioral challenges, and life transitions.
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Lynsey Lytle Ward
MA, NCC Verified
Offers online therapy
Seeking therapy for your child can seem overwhelming. I have a passion for working with children and youth of all ages who have experienced normal developmental milestones, difficult life experiences, and trauma. I have a desire to work with children and youth in hopes of promoting health and healing as your child navigates through life.
(605) 205-8562
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Offers online therapy
Seeking therapy for your child can seem overwhelming. I have a passion for working with children and youth of all ages who have experienced normal developmental milestones, difficult life experiences, and trauma. I have a desire to work with children and youth in hopes of promoting health and healing as your child navigates through life.
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Michelle Wenge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, CSW-PIP, QMHP Verified
Offers online therapy
I am driven and uniquely qualified to help clients because of my first-hand experience in foster care, not only as a child, but also as a current foster parent.
While past events and circumstances can contribute to who we are, they should not define who we are.  I have a strong and diverse background in serving several populations in all age ranges with a primary focus on families, teens, and children.
(605) 250-3312
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I am driven and uniquely qualified to help clients because of my first-hand experience in foster care, not only as a child, but also as a current foster parent.
While past events and circumstances can contribute to who we are, they should not define who we are.  I have a strong and diverse background in serving several populations in all age ranges with a primary focus on families, teens, and children.
Kristine Ann Weires
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PIP Verified
Children are vulnerable.
There are times in our lives when we need help. Life experiences require us to make the decision to seek guidance from outside our immediate family and friends. Counseling can provide much needed support and intervention in times of crises or with chronic issues that last a lifetime. Don't consider it a weakness but a strength to take that step to be the best possible individual or family you can be.
(605) 646-4543
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Children are vulnerable.
There are times in our lives when we need help. Life experiences require us to make the decision to seek guidance from outside our immediate family and friends. Counseling can provide much needed support and intervention in times of crises or with chronic issues that last a lifetime. Don't consider it a weakness but a strength to take that step to be the best possible individual or family you can be.
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Katelyn Tilstra
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT, NCC Verified
Play is the natural language of a child. As a registered play therapist, I enjoy utilizing the power of play in order to best meet the needs of a child. In addition to play therapy, I take a client-centered approach to collaboratively explore methods which fit each child, adolescent, and their family. I help children, adolescents, and their families discover strengths, build meaningful connections, and find success.
(605) 205-8901
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Play is the natural language of a child. As a registered play therapist, I enjoy utilizing the power of play in order to best meet the needs of a child. In addition to play therapy, I take a client-centered approach to collaboratively explore methods which fit each child, adolescent, and their family. I help children, adolescents, and their families discover strengths, build meaningful connections, and find success.
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Holly Kelly
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT, NCC Verified
Offers online therapy
I have training in an attachment based model to help improve relationships between a child and their caregiver.
I am passionate about helping children and adolescents experience a better life. I work with ages 2-18. My goal is to meet childern/adolescents and their parents and caregivers in whatever season of life they are in. You can only start from where you are! I am happy to help parents and caregivers with skills and education to assist in parenting challenges. I believe play is a child's language. I use directive and non-directive techniques to address challenges and struggles.
(605) 307-3824
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Offers online therapy
I have training in an attachment based model to help improve relationships between a child and their caregiver.
I am passionate about helping children and adolescents experience a better life. I work with ages 2-18. My goal is to meet childern/adolescents and their parents and caregivers in whatever season of life they are in. You can only start from where you are! I am happy to help parents and caregivers with skills and education to assist in parenting challenges. I believe play is a child's language. I use directive and non-directive techniques to address challenges and struggles.
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Janet K. Kuske
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-MH, QMHP Verified
For the past 25 years, I have provided counseling services to my clients in various settings, including residential treatment, the clinic setting, in-home setting, and the school system. While I enjoy working with all ages and stages of individuals, I have a passion for and a great deal of experience in working with children, adolescents, and their families. I am a person who is easy to get to know and get along with, and partner with my clients as a team to face and manage life’s difficulties and emotional and behavioral challenges. I also work with other entities involved in a client’s life to ensure their best treatment.
(605) 646-4502
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For the past 25 years, I have provided counseling services to my clients in various settings, including residential treatment, the clinic setting, in-home setting, and the school system. While I enjoy working with all ages and stages of individuals, I have a passion for and a great deal of experience in working with children, adolescents, and their families. I am a person who is easy to get to know and get along with, and partner with my clients as a team to face and manage life’s difficulties and emotional and behavioral challenges. I also work with other entities involved in a client’s life to ensure their best treatment.
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Debra Ann Hughes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PIP, CDA Verified
Offers online therapy
Individuals seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Parents may be looking for assistance for their child as they are demonstrating behaviors. Couples may be struggling to communicate in their marriage. Individuals going through a divorce may need parent coordination to assist them in coordinating visitation. Each situation requires a therapist who is understanding and willing to see how they are being impacted individually. Clients are seeking help and wanting results.
(605) 307-3083
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Offers online therapy
Individuals seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Parents may be looking for assistance for their child as they are demonstrating behaviors. Couples may be struggling to communicate in their marriage. Individuals going through a divorce may need parent coordination to assist them in coordinating visitation. Each situation requires a therapist who is understanding and willing to see how they are being impacted individually. Clients are seeking help and wanting results.
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Susan Harder
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-MH, LAC, ATR Verified
Offers online therapy
Since graduating from Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, WI) with a Master of Science in Art Therapy, I have had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient therapeutic settings. As one of South Dakota’s few registered art therapists (ATR), I am dually credentialed and prepared to address both mental health and chemical dependency issues. During sessions, I offer each individual the opportunity to engage in therapeutic discussion, meaningful art making, or both.
(605) 349-1431
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Offers online therapy
Since graduating from Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, WI) with a Master of Science in Art Therapy, I have had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient therapeutic settings. As one of South Dakota’s few registered art therapists (ATR), I am dually credentialed and prepared to address both mental health and chemical dependency issues. During sessions, I offer each individual the opportunity to engage in therapeutic discussion, meaningful art making, or both.
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Emily Gislason
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-MH, RPT-S, QMHP, NCC Verified
I strive to understand the world that the child lives in and therefore assist them in gaining the skills necessary to form a meaningful connection with those around them.
Are you looking for a Registered Play Therapist? One of my greatest passions in life is to help children reach their full potential. As a Registered Play Therapist, I offer individual, sibling and family therapy services. I have worked with women, teens and children impacted by physical abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse and secondary victimization. In addition, I have experience with a variety of child related difficulties including anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, family disruptions, foster care involvement, adjustment difficulties, self esteem difficulties and cognitive delays. Please let me know how I can best support your child, yourself or your family.
(605) 609-1015
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I strive to understand the world that the child lives in and therefore assist them in gaining the skills necessary to form a meaningful connection with those around them.
Are you looking for a Registered Play Therapist? One of my greatest passions in life is to help children reach their full potential. As a Registered Play Therapist, I offer individual, sibling and family therapy services. I have worked with women, teens and children impacted by physical abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse and secondary victimization. In addition, I have experience with a variety of child related difficulties including anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, family disruptions, foster care involvement, adjustment difficulties, self esteem difficulties and cognitive delays. Please let me know how I can best support your child, yourself or your family.
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Jerry P. Feist
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-MH, QMHP Verified
The clients we serve are men, women, teens and children age 10 and up; who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger, domestic violence, personality disorders, life transitions, Psychotic disorders, parenting & communication issues & most other mental health issues.
I have over 35 years of experience in the combined fields of counseling and behavioral health. Counseling is offered in a safe and supportive environment, I work with you to help release unwanted patterns/beliefs, unresolved old feelings that blocking personal power. Some of my techniques include Conventional Therapy, CBT, REBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. Whether you are stuck in the past, struggling with life's up & downs, unsure about your future or have experience trauma. We can work together to find resolutions to your symptoms so you can experience a more fulfilling, happier and meaningful life.
(605) 937-8099
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The clients we serve are men, women, teens and children age 10 and up; who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger, domestic violence, personality disorders, life transitions, Psychotic disorders, parenting & communication issues & most other mental health issues.
I have over 35 years of experience in the combined fields of counseling and behavioral health. Counseling is offered in a safe and supportive environment, I work with you to help release unwanted patterns/beliefs, unresolved old feelings that blocking personal power. Some of my techniques include Conventional Therapy, CBT, REBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. Whether you are stuck in the past, struggling with life's up & downs, unsure about your future or have experience trauma. We can work together to find resolutions to your symptoms so you can experience a more fulfilling, happier and meaningful life.

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Child Therapists
Child psychologists in South Dakota provide mental health therapy to children and are experts in child development.

Every comprehensive review of therapy with children shows that all credible approaches, when performed by a competent mental health clinician, produce almost the same results. About half of all kids will get better. Of those that improve, 80% will show progress in a relatively short time (likely in fewer than six sessions), the remaining 20% will need longer-term support.

The best child therapists in South Dakota build great relationships with the child and the parent. They also see the child's strengths and are open to hearing the child's possible solutions to the challenges the child faces. Finally, a good therapist appreciates the child's culture and is sensitive to the values of the child's community.




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