Sonja Benson, PhD, LP, Psychologist in Wayzata
I work with teens and adults struggling with anxiety, work/school and relationship issues. My specialization, however, is in marriage & family therapy using a systems approach and many methods introduced by John Gottman. I'm advanced trained in Discernment counseling as well. Finally, I work on the entire spectrum of relationships from dating to pre-marital to transitions or divorce. I also provide parenting coaching. I am also trained as a divorce mediator and help many people with parenting plans.
I love working with couples and families. I've trained in marriage & family therapy in graduate school, through internship supervision and through many post-degree trainings. I've completed through level 2 in the advanced Gottman training and the advanced training in Discernment Counseling.
I am an expert in clinical hypnosis; I have co-authored 2 books and I teach hypnosis to other professionals. In addition to being a licensed psychologist, I have both specialized training in coaching and experience providing coaching and consultation to management and HR. I am trained in divorce mediation.
Call or Email Sonja Benson for a free consultation now - (952) 373-0563


  • Years in Practice: 22 Years
  • School: University of Minnesota
  • Year Graduated: 1996
  • License No. and State: LP 5311 Minnesota


  • Avg Cost (per session): $180 - $230
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Out of Network
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  • Marital and Premarital
  • Family Conflict
  • Divorce


  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Discernment counseling
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Transgender


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Discernment counseling
  • EMDR
  • Emotion Freedom Technique/tapping
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gottman Method
  • Psycho-educational


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017
Sonja Benson, PhD, LP, Psychologist in Wayzata

Sonja Benson

Psychologist, PhD, LP