Bre Kwatera, MA, LPCC, LADC

bre@affinitypsych.com

Welcome! I’m Bre (she/her/hers) and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, which in human-speak just means that I have the education and training to treat symptoms of both mental health and substance use. I hold an undergraduate degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Master’s in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Betty Ford School for Addiction Studies. Perhaps more interesting is that I am a bibliophile, love the sound of a typing keyboard, and am learning to own the creative within me.

How I Work

Therapy can feel overwhelming and uncertain for even the most skilled person. There are plenty of ideas of what therapy is and is not and websites are loaded with clinical “speak.” I will not be that. I want my office to be a place where curiosity about oneself can be ignited, perspective-taking expanded, critical awareness increased and where hope and agency can be recognized and restored. My goal in each therapeutic relationship is to bring one closer to understanding oneself in order to identify goals and strategies to reach them. I utilize the research and language of Brené Brown™ in my daily practice, as well as education, observational feedback, and accountability.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

My path to becoming a mental health therapist was driven by my desire to understand the experiences and perspectives of each unique life story, including my own, as well as what blocks us from recognizing, identifying and striving towards our goals. I rigorously “practice what I teach” and subscribe to the belief that we are both humans trying to figure out challenges together (I just happen to have some training that may assist in the messiness that life can bring). I am a therapist who believes that change happens outside of the certainty of comfort zones and will provide a safe, authentic, and humorous relationship to do that in.

My former clients have shared that I have a knack for “making sense” of hard experiences and a unique ability to see some of the most burdensome challenges feel like a strength. I have a natural tendency to connect the dots in one’s life and to normalize even the things that don’t feel “normal.” If you are desiring a safe relationship to learn more about yourself, then we may be a great fit to work together.

Issues I Treat:

  • Connection & authenticity challenges
  • Vulnerability issues
  • Self-worth & confidence
  • Identity exploration and formation
  • Existential questioning
  • Relationship conflict
  • Grief/loss (ambiguous, concrete, complex)
  • Transitional life experiences
  • Women’s issues
  • Shame
  • Trauma (acute and chronic)
  • Substance misuse/abuse
  • Depression management
  • Anxiety & stress management

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual Adults and Couples
  • Young Adults and Teens
  • Survivors
  • Therapists and Mental Health Professionals
  • Creative, Gifted, and Talented Individuals
  • Those Who Identify with Substance Use Challenges
  • Underrepresented Peoples
  • Individuals With Legal Involvement

Professional background:

Education

  • Master of Addiction Studies – Hazelden Betty Ford School for Addiction Studies
  • BA in Family Social Science – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Trainings

  • Brene Brown Informed
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous Employment

  • Wayside Recovery Center

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LPCC #cc01502
  • Minnesota: LADC #303495