Figuring out life is not easy, especially if you're trying to do it alone. Feeling heard, understood, and cared for with someone who is authentic & compassionate can be so helpful for your health, happiness, & wellbeing. When I meet with a new client, whether as an individual, or as a couple or family, I support each person so they do not feel alone while sorting out the hard stuff that can get in the way from finding peace. I'm compassionate, understanding, and intuitive & will meet you where you are to ensure a relationship where you feel connected, safe, & empowered. Starting to create a better you is not easy. I'm here to help.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
I offer therapy for young adults and adolescents who are struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, OCD, and life transitions/adjustments. Together, we can expand awareness and make sense of your experiences (both past and present), identify patterns that may be keeping you stuck, and create realistic and actionable steps toward improving your overall health and relationships. I also offer faith-based therapy for those wanting to incorporate their personal faith into the therapy process!
I work with individuals who are impacted by anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. My treatment approach focuses on improving confidence and personal resilience while reducing emotional distress. I also provide counseling for couples and families who are working through relational challenges and life-cycle transitions.I work from a holistic perspective, and my approach is goal driven and solution-focused. Together we identify your goals and ideal outcomes and work through challenges and unhelpful patterns to achieve success. I use accountability coaching to help you achieve your goals and step into the next chapter of life.
Have you been feeling down? Like something is off? Are you at a transition point in your life? Are you struggling with a relationship? You've made it this far, why not give counseling a try? For many people it is the first step in changing behaviors and patterns that have led to distress and relational challenges. Together, we’ll explore what might be getting in your way, and identify strategies that you can use to feel better. Therapy can also be a great opportunity to explore questions related to meaning and purpose in life and in work, as well as personal and professional identity development.
An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior. Meaning that what you've gone through deserves to be validated. When I work with people I aim to normalize their emotions and experiences. I enjoy working with teens and young adults who are figuring out who they are. My areas of strength come from a background in working with those battling substance abuse, trauma, low self-esteem, big life changes, and difficult emotions. I work side by side with individuals who want to uncover their capabilities and apply their strengths to ultimately create their lives rather than just going through the motions.
Are you facing a challenge threatening to steal your joy and peace? You may be constantly disappointed in yourself, feel guilty or overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, procrastinate, can't sleep or constantly feel fatigued. Maybe you’re a couple rehearsing the same argument over and over, a person who's often disappointed in their relationships or someone who went through a stressful, traumatic or tragic event making life too difficult. Maybe it's hard helping your child who's often tearful, worried or sad, frequently has melt-downs, trouble getting along with others or lying?
** Updated: 3/10/22: NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS & WAITLIST IS CLOSED ** Meredith believes that therapy is a collaborative process where both the client and Meredith can actively ‘lean in’ together and support the client’s inherent wisdom & strengths to lead to a healing space. “I am typically described as warm, empathic, and honest while incorporating an appropriate sense of humor.” She consistently incorporates her values of authenticity and transparency throughout the therapeutic process and tends to work best with clients who welcome honest feedback.
As humans, we are designed for connection, belonging, and resiliency. Exploration of past experiences can often be helpful in gaining insight into ways we have strived to get these innate needs met and survive in the world. I strive to walk alongside you, cultivating a sense of feeling seen and understood, and collaborating with you to draw upon the wisdom and natural healing process of the body. I aim to foster an environment of warmth, exploration, and growth that values mind, body, and spiritual wellbeing.
The clients that I work with typically are looking for an alternative to traditional treatment that is offered in Minnesota. I help individuals look for alternative approaches that are designed to meet their specific needs and challenges. I have worked within many modalities and that experience offers options for clients. I have a strong background in cognitive behavioral and motivational enhancement therapy. My approach is non threatening, non judgmental and I believe that open honest discussion is the best approach.
Do you have a young adult who is struggling to find their path? I work with parents who would like to support their young adult(s) to help them create their desired future. I partner with young adults and/or their families to help them set goals, change behaviors, and design a life that aligns with their values and ambitions. My goal is to help clients step into careers that enhance their lives and that match their interests and skills. Positive Psychology, Solution-Focused strategies, and coaching all help to increase overall life and work satisfaction.
I am passionate about helping you overcome the suffering that comes from your past. You deserve to be able to lay your burdens down at the cross and let go of unnecessary guilt, shame, and fear that has bound you. You are designed to connect with other people and receive hope. I know trauma and suffering are a part of so many stories, which may be what led you to bravely seek help today. You deserve to be the author of your own life again; to write new chapters that are not defined by your past or the hurt and suffering that lies behind you. Your story isn’t over, and it’s never too late to start feeling truly healthy and empowered.
Life is a journey with many surprises and unknowns. I believe we all do the best we can to navigate this journey, but sometimes we get stuck along the way. In my work with individuals and couples, I hope to accompany you on this journey, while promoting new ways of being and relating over time. Previous relationships and experiences greatly impact the way we see the world and how we currently relate to others. Our work together will include increasing awareness around how these factors might be impacting your life today, while exploring new and adaptive ways of relating to self and others.
I am a practitioner that firmly believes everyone's story matters and deserves a validating, attentive, and non-anxious guiding presence through the hope, support and the healing it desires. I'm a practitioner that utilizes a variety of theories and practices in supporting each client's hopes and needs. I am a practitioner of family systems theory, as well as relational, spiritual and trauma-informed approaches. This means that in addition to assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and utilization of several therapy modalities, I take seriously the intergenerational, relational, spiritual and trauma narrative of each client.
Everyone goes through times in life that are overwhelming and you have good reason to feel the way you do. The good news is you don’t have to endure things alone. I believe (and research supports) that counseling helps us find new ways of navigating painful experiences. People find counseling to be helpful for a variety of reasons: having space to process confusing emotions, feeling understood and supported, learning new ways of coping, and engaging in a trusting and therapeutic relationship.
Sometimes all you need is just an ounce of hope. Maybe it comes from the lifted burden of a listening ear. Maybe it’s a new way to see a situation, or even experiencing an “aha” moment. These hopeful nudges are what fuels my passion for counseling. I work with clients to help achieve these moments so that you will feel better, think clearer, and have a better overall picture of life. As a therapist who has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, I welcome the opportunity to work with anyone who is willing to risk being vulnerable in order to grow.
Life and the circumstances that happen to us can be overwhelming and stressful. We may feel frustrated, confused, fearful, and sad. It's hard to know why we feel such big things and find ways to feel better. Being seen and heard can foster courage and hope - two things needed as you walk through difficult seasons. I offer services to all ages, but have a special interest working with young adults and children. I enjoy partnering with parents as they learn how to support their kids and manage their own self-care. I also am passionate about supporting mom's during their pregnancy and postpartum journey.
At various points in life we can become frustrated, stuck or confused and uncertain about how to move beyond the frustration or confusion. I welcome adolescents and adults who find themselves in a difficult place in life and are eager to move forward in their lives. I see these as valuable opportunities to engage with clients to make sure I understand their current situation and their desired outcomes, even when the client may be initially unsure themselves. I will provide the direction needed for you to more clearly see those goals & from there we will work together to identify an array of options available for forward movement.
Village Support Therapy & Consulting was founded on the mission of delivering mental health services that are culturally focused and trauma informed with a vision of being a leading culturally specific mental health service provider. We strive to provide effective mental health treatment that is culturally focused, and trauma informed. Our goal is to be a force in eliminating the stigma around seeking mental health treatment in the black community and other communities of color by increasing representation and access to mental health providers of color and utilizing clinical strategies that are effective for BIPOC.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in New Brighton 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 New Brighton 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.
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