I love working with families. I have worked in the mental health field for almost 20 years in a variety of settings. I have found my passion in working with young children and their families with a special love for children with significant behavioral issues. My goal is to work with care givers to help support them in parenting and understanding the child's behavior through a different lens. I use directive and non directive play therapy interventions, sand tray and other relationship based interventions to support my client's goals.
My approach is simple. I see my role as a partner in a process that is the pursuit of healing and restoration. While I have certain professional expertise, every client is an expert about his/her/their own life. I am intentionally client-centered, strengths based and trauma-informed. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my primary means of intervention which includes an eclectic blend of Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Humanistic and other modalities. Assigned homework is common and clients participate in the development of activities that support clearly identified treatment plan goals.
Your moods are out of control. At times, you don't even feel like yourself and the things you've tried to help you cope up to this point either don't help enough or don't help for too long. People you love start to annoy you...and then they feel hurt in return. Whether you are a parent looking for a therapist to help your teenager or a new mother to a beautiful baby, learning how to manage our moods is no easy task. Together, I will help you understand what's going on, why you feel so anxious, down, or moody all the time and offer a collaborative and goal-oriented approach to help improve your mood and ultimately, your life.
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.
If you are reading this, you're probably experiencing significant pain. Perhaps you're facing a break-up, or you realize your new partner is very much like the previous one. You may be scared, uncertain of the next step. Perhaps you are single, asking what it might take to find the right partner, or you may feel stuck in your marriage. You'll come in, plop yourself down, and ask me to fix you. I'll say: "I cannot do that." "All right," you say, "then, what is the point?" I'll respond: "I can help you be curious."
I enjoy working with ages 11 and up, especially adolescents and young adults who are forming their identity. In addition, I enjoy working with adult children of alcoholics/addicts, individuals with a history of relational distress, couples who are experiencing challenges in their intimate relationship, and individuals struggling with anxiety, OCD, or a history of addiction. I have a special interest in exploring faith deconstruction and the negative impact of purity culture with clients who have had these experiences.
I've helped many clients work through difficult challenges they're facing and would like to help you too. I have a very straight forward, assertive and somewhat irreverent communication style. We work hard, bravely dig as deep as we need to and have some belly laughs along the way. My clients appreciate how real and raw it can get, they feel free to share the good, bad and the ugly. If you're ready to be a good student I am a good teacher = Let's roll up our sleeves?!
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LICSW, Medical, Hypnoan
I have over 40 years experience as a psychotherapist/Medical Hypnoanalyst. I am accepting, understanding and directed in treating problems. I have taught for various colleges in the Twin Cities area. I have been featured on most of the news stations for hypnoanesthesia. I am results oriented. I have several articles in peer review journals and have recently published a book called The Psychological Autopsy. I treat a wide variety of problems.
I have learned that almost everyone who comes to see me has experienced or is experiencing some sort of trauma, dysfunction, chaos or challenging situation that is causing barriers to them living their ideal lives. It greatly impacts their functioning and makes things that used to be easy, difficult. My goal is always to help individuals heal from their trauma and identify solutions to challenging situations through guidance, support and encouragement. I am not here to solve problems for you, but alongside you.
It's okay not to know exactly what you want out of therapy. My job is to help you cultivate the ability to communicate with your inner being and essence to understand yourself more. Through this process your needs and goals will become apparent and we will create a plan for how to move forward. Therapy is not easy, it is hard work. My clients are motivated for positive change and put the work in to reap the fruits of their labor. My clients want to change their lives for the better - I am here to help guide them along their path.
I recently completed a Master’s degree in rehabilitation and addiction counseling. My training was focused on addiction and mental health counseling, including the special needs of individuals living with disability, congenital or acquired.
I specialize in working with women, young adults, LGBTQ populations, and developing professionals. My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and existential, and I incorporate a variety of treatment methods as appropriate, including cognitive-behavioral, process-experiential, narrative and solution-focused strategies. I strive to create an environment where people feel supported and challenged to explore their fears, discover their strengths, and thrive. Telehealth sessions currently, both individual and couples. Reduced fee slots are sometimes available.
I work with people who are courageously open to taking time to examine their lives - what's working and what isn't - and who are willing to authentically engage in identifying new or different ways of being that can feel valuable to them. The process is ultimately led by you, and I consider it an honor to be able to join you. Grounded in a humanistic, relational, client-centered, and strengths-based approach, I align with concepts of clinical pragmatism - using what works and feels helpful to you. I am trained in and responsibly draw from a variety of different therapeutic approaches.
At Accra Care we provide counseling to adults, adolescents, and children. Our professional clinicians come from many different fields of study including social work, psychology, and integrated behavioral health. The philosophy is to treat the individual in a person-centered way. Our clinicians work with the individual to collaborate on a treatment plan that fits with the goals of the specific person. We also offer Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services to adults living in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties.
I see the best in others, and want to help you see this in yourself too! When we can wholeheartedly accept ourselves, and honestly and compassionately explore what's working and what's not, and what we truly value in life, then we can create meaningful change. Whether paralyzed by anxiety, sadness, past experiences, or beliefs that you aren't good enough, or are feeling unfulfilled, stuck, or overwhelmed by life stress, I can help. Together, we can work towards feeling more confident, capable, at ease, and connected.Colorado clients with UHC, Oxford, & Oscar insurance schedule here:https://headway.co/providers/abby-peterfeso
You struggle in your relationship, or your doctor handed you a terrible diagnosis. Maybe there is something important you need to talk about, but you don't know who you can trust. On some days, it may feel your mind is spiraling out of control. Getting out of bed may have become so much more difficult lately. You experience dread too much of the time. You feel alone and sometimes wonder "what is the point?" You can't seem to get around to doing what needs to get done. People are constantly on your case. You seem to be your own worst enemy. You don't want your friends or partner to know this one bad thing about you.
At our centrally located Golden Valley location, we offer compassionate, person centered care for individuals, couples and families. At this and all our locations, we believe you, the client, are in the foreground of our work.
For adolescents and adults in the midst of transition, loss or difficulty, finding real help can seem like a dicey proposition. Often people find themselves depressed, anxious, numb or lost, but might feel too ashamed to let others know the extent of their growing unhappiness. Many try to manage their worry in secret, only transmitting their distress after their work/school performance slips, they self-harm or start to abuse chemicals. Family and friends may actively worry about them, but not know how to start the conversation or how to get their loved one help.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Hopkins are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Hopkins then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Hopkins, or Child Psychologists in Hopkins.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Hopkins psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Hopkins specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.