Are you longing for more emotional or sexual intimacy in your relationship? Do you find yourself caught in negative interactive patterns and wonder how to change those patterns? Do you feel a loss of connection or attachment with your partner? I will help you figure out the missing pieces of your relationship and help instruct you how to 'ignite intimacy, increase desire, and create a loving, connected and secure relationship." I am a compassionate listener & comfortable discussing difficult issues. I'm a resource that can help you reach your goals w/o judgment or shame. I have 20+ years experience working with couples of all ages
Stephanie holds a Master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Northcentral University. She enjoys working with families, adolescents over the age of 10, teens and young adults in many areas such as of anxiety, depression and trauma. Stephanie often incorporates pet assisted therapy into sessions with her two toy Australian Shepherds, Zoey and Tripp as well as many other therapeutic tools such as art, play and sandtray therapy.
Feeling lost or stuck, and not sure what to do next? Let's talk and see what you need to move forward even if that means digging into the past. We can focus on building self-esteem, increasing confidence and building a greater self-identity. Our work could focus on managing perfectionism, improving communication skills and lowering anxiety and depression. As a relational therapist, I support individuals/couples/families to improve relational dynamics in order to strengthen the self and one's network. As a trauma informed therapist, I integrate talk as well as expressive arts including mind-body approaches to support overall health.
I consider all human complexity from a holistic point of view. A holistic perspective embraces the interconnections between the body, the mind, and the spirit. All our behaviors and symptoms have a purpose. My therapeutic style is best described as direct yet compassionate, with a holistic and systems-view perspective.
I am an experienced Licensed Psychologist with an extensive background providing counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. My primary specialities include depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, life transition, relationship issues, and grief and loss. My therapeutic approach is eclectic with a cognitive behavioral and DBT foundation. I am trained in EMDR and Accelerated Resolution Therapy which I use to address a multitude of mental health symptoms in addition to trauma. I continue to be privileged to work with people who seek to improve the quality of their life and find peace, confidence and strength within themselves.
My clinical care focuses on utilizing and building on adult, teen, and individual strengths, while instilling hope, and working collaboratively to develop treatment goals and create positive change. I work with each individual to connect the head and heart through a strength-based lens, focusing on client resiliency and motivation. Helping people find solutions to problems through personal skill sets is a passion of mine. ***Accepting new clients in person and telehealth.
Deciding to begin therapy can be a difficult decision requiring courage and strength. I commend you on taking the first step toward feeling better, self-enlightenment, more satisfying relationships (with ourselves, other adults, or children) and personal growth. Whether you are feeling stuck in life or unsure of the next step, facing conflict or unhappiness within a relationship, experiencing feelings of depression, loneliness, or anxiety, struggling to cope with a past or recent trauma or a painful personal history, therapy can be a rewarding and transformative experience that can help you heal and reclaim control of your life.
MORE THAN JUST LISTENING When you change, the world around you changes. . Are you stuck somewhere in your life? Are you struggling in your relationship with your partner or with your family? Does it seem that you are sad for no reason or are constantly worrying for no reason? Have you had losses and feel stuck in moving on ? Is your mind busy with self critical or negative talk? Wherever you are on your journey, I can meet you and we together can create changes you are looking for.
I believe that most people want to do the best they can, and will try to solve their problems with the resources they have. When you feel stuck and want to feel better, reaching out for help can be just the right answer. My focus is strengths and solutions based, using the skills each person has and then figuring out what to add or change to move forward. I have been helping children, adolescents, and families for over fifteen years and I would like to help you find some options that could help you.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
I work with adult survivors of childhood trauma who are noticing or are curious to explore the ways in which their trauma are impacting their experiences in the present day. I find that many of the things we struggle with can be related to traumas, difficulties, or other experiences in childhood that were less than ideal. I help my clients recognize the ways in which they are feeling "stuck" or are unhappy with how their life circumstances are. From there, I help my clients determine how they want to live their life and we collaboratively figure out what it takes to get there.
I believe that a holistic approach to therapy is effective in having the individual gain awareness of the connections between the mind, body, and spirit. I strive to understand my clients in every possible aspect and situation. Every individual is unique and they each have their own individual characteristics and unique situations. I believe that everything surrounding the individual affects their behavior, feelings, and outlook towards his or her own life.
Healing and balance are possible. Amanda believes mental health work and treatment is a team based process rooted in personal empowerment. We all need to feel heard, seen, and validated. Counseling can be your first step to a better you. Amanda values a holistic view of therapy, treatment, and progress. She strives to create a safe, non-judgmental, therapeutic environment, where clients feel accepted and understood. She utilizes techniques and measurable treatment goals to assist clients in empowering themselves.
*Not currently accepting new clients* Carla is Northern born (Minnesota) and Southern raised (Texas). After studying Spanish and Psychology in college she did mission work with Spanish speaking communities in Mexico and Chicago. She returned to Minnesota to be closer to family and is where she now calls home. Carla and her husband (whom is Guatemalan) enjoy spending time together with their two children, being outdoors, and exploring new places.
I seek to find connection, building a relationship with you. I will collaborate with you, listening first for understanding, learning about your values, needs and hopes. My goal is to partner and walk along with you. It is your journey, a unique experience we are navigating toward healing, wellness and/or increased awareness. Number one you will feel heard and all interventions are individualized to you (or your child). I look to understand your daily life and interactions with others learning about your life experience, your journey as we set goals together. I am creative, calm, and patient.
One goal together in therapy is to raise your awareness about why you do what you do. As we become more conscious we can make better choices and we function better in our lives. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and have practiced for the past 5 years. Most of my clients struggle with anxiety, depression, or where they are in their lives. I believe our adult behaviors are guided by things we can be unconscious about.
"What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver. Life and relationships can feel stressful and confusing. I believe that each individual wants to live their best life. In my practice, I strive to create a space where people can actively work towards feeling better and pursuing their goals. I bring a sense of nonjudgment, curiosity and empathy to each meeting. I truly believe in each person's capacity to grow and thrive!
*****Currently full and not taking new intakes***** The hardest journey is the journey inwards. It takes a lot of courage and strength to start that journey. Amber has a passion for supporting individuals and families who have experienced trauma. She is driven to support her clients in meeting their goals. She strives to create a safe, welcoming, and comfortable space where her clients can share openly and make progress.
We have a diverse staff at Mankato Marriage & Family Therapy Center. We offer Couples, Family, and Individual therapy. For specific information about your needs, please contact our office to discuss your options for services. We accept most types of insurance.