Natalie J. Taber, MA, MSW, LICSWnatalie@affinitypsych.com

Natalie J. Taber, MA, MSW, LICSW

natalie@affinitypsych.com

Hello and welcome! I am Natalie Taber. I have always been interested in how people make sense and meaning of their lives, interested in why and how people act and feel how they do. My practice serves a wide variety of issues and people. I often work with clients who have identities that are de-centered in the dominant culture, and I have special interest and expertise in the areas of gender and sexuality (especially transgender experiences-I am a WPATH provider), identity, complex childhood trauma, navigating higher levels of academia, and bi-cultural/mixed-race experiences.

I hold undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Religion from Hendrix College, a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. I am a licensed clinical social worker, practicing as a therapist in the Twin Cities for the last 5 years. In addition to private practice, I have worked at Hamm Memorial Clinic and Relate Counseling Center. I did my psychotherapy training at Kente Circle and the MPSI Psychotherapy Center. I also teach Clinical Practice to MSW students as Community Faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.




How I Work

I believe that we exist and persist in patterns of relating, behaving, thinking and feeling. I believe that people need to be really listened to by someone who can help guide them to understand and transform the patterns they struggle to change on their own. I have developed my practice from the frameworks of attachment theory, developmental theory, and psychoanalytic theory. I come to the work through these frameworks because I know that our selves, our emotional and psychological being, developed in the context of relationship and that we heal in the context of relationship as well.

Sometimes sitting with another person can be a little scary. Especially when we want to connect, we want to be known and seen. And sometimes it’s just what you’re looking for and it feels really relieving to know that you have somebody to sit with you, talk with you, be with you.

I will work with you to connect to your own strength to make your life one you want to live in, no matter what has come before. We will create a place together where you are seen, understood, believed, and supported-a place where you don’t have to pretend. I will provide a calming and supportive presence to build and grow from. I work to help people find relief in the short term while continuing on a path of long-term healing and well-being that will continue long after our work has finished.

I have an outstanding record of helping clients find success in therapy, break the patterns in which they’ve been stuck and feel the freedom of what they can achieve and experience when not beholden to limiting systems.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I will deeply listen to you. I will remember the things you’ve told me. In so much un-seeing existence I partner with you to feel safe and be seen.

I am direct and promise to be truthful and transparent, yet gentle and supportive with you. I recognize that many systems that are supposedly set up to be helpful can do a lot of harm. I work from a place of promise for no-surprises, of believing you in your experience, and not from a place of moral superiority. I have lived experience in poverty, long-term homelessness (and all that goes with it), academia, queer community and more. I have worked in collective and community for environmental, gender, and racial and social justice for more than two decades. So you might experience my perspective as different from some others.

I truly believe that people can heal, that solace can be found, that it does not always have to be a fight. Once we have settled into a good rhythm together you’ll find that, in addition to my ever-present cup of coffee, I love to bring play, light and humor to the work. I see my work as active critical engagement with systems of power, resistance in persistence, and healing through relationships. I’m excited to meet you!



Issues I Treat:

  • Complex Childhood Trauma (C-PTSD)
  • Gender Dysphoria/Gender Identity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Life Changes/Adjustments
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Family of Origin Complexity
  • Abuse History
  • Gender Affirming Letter Writing

Populations I Serve:

  • Mixed Race and/or Bi-Cultural
  • Transplants to Minnesota
  • Masters and PhD Students
  • Early Career Professors
  • Trans Adults
  • Queer and Poly Relationships
  • Complex Childhood Trauma Survivors
  • Young Adults
  • Activists
  • People transitioning from student to career
  • Adults 50+
  • Artists & Creatives
  • LGBTQ2SIA+
  • BIPOC

Professional background:



Education

  • MSW in Clinical Mental Health, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • MA in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • BA in Philosophy, Hendrix College-Conway, Arkansas
  • BA in Religion, Hendrix College-Conway, Arkansas

Trainings

  • Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy PostGraduate Training Program
  • WPATH-GEI Foundations Course
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy Training Certificate (Trauma Treatment)

Previous Employment

  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities School of Social Work, MSW Program
  • Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic
  • Relate Counseling Center
  • MPSI Psychotherapy Center
  • Kente Circle
  • Urban Research Outreach Engagement Center (UROC), University of Minnesota Researcher for Projects: Mapping the Demand for Sex with Trafficked Individuals in Minnesota and Workers’ Experiences in Strip Clubs
  • Karen Organization of Minnesota & GoodWill Easter Seals Hmong and Karen Being Well Program

Licensure

  • Minnesota, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, License #26318

Chelse Bolin, MSW, LICSWchelse@affinitypsych.com

Chelse Bolin, MSW, LICSW

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Hello & welcome! My name is Chelse, I use they/them pronouns and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota.

I’m glad you are here, and I want to give you a high five! Making the choice to start therapy can feel scary and vulnerable. You may feel like you don’t know where to start. I am here to guide you through this experience.

Everyone can make positive changes in their lives, and therapy is one of the most useful experiences we have at our disposal to make such changes. Therapy is an opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood. It is a place where you will receive significant support, gather new tools, and develop new skills to support you in life.




How I Work

These are the 3 most important things I want you to know before we start to work together-
1. I believe you are the expert on yourself and your life (even if you don’t believe this is true yet).
2. I value our relationship.
3. To feel comfortable talking about yourself in therapy, you need to feel safe. This is my number one goal – to create a safe space for you and the work we do together. After we achieve that, the rest will follow, and you will set the pace.


How We Will Work

You can expect me to bring compassion, respect, and direct communication to our work. You can trust that I know there is equal room in therapy for processing pain and fear as there is for celebration. I expect you to bring your honesty. I genuinely care about your well-being and I’m here to walk through this chapter of your life with you so that you feel supported and hopeful for the future.

I will recommend books for you to read, positive social media to consider for inspiration (if you wish), and reflection activities and/or journaling to do in between sessions.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

As an out and open Queer woman, I bring the knowledge and empathy of a queer experience to the therapeutic relationship. I find it a privilege to work with people who are on their journey of self exploration and healing. Whether its related to sexuality and gender, interpersonal relationships or a major life transition, my intention is to help you find balance, bravery, compassion and motivation to work towards your goals.

My clinical approaches are client-centered and relational. By exploring relationships from the past and in the present you can answer questions about yourself and others that you are unsure of. You can reflect and improve self awareness. I want to provide you the space to be open with yourself and attend to what comes up through this process.

I look forward to working with you.



Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexuality and gender exploration
  • Mood disorders
  • Trauma (excluding sexual abuse)
  • Life transitions
  • Codependency
  • Substance use
  • Grief and loss
  • LGBT+ experiences
  • Impacts of Diet Culture, Fat phobia and Negative Body Image
  • Relationship transitions
  • Self esteem
  • Self compassion

Populations I Serve:

  • Teens age 14 and up
  • Young adults
  • Adults
  • LGBT+ folks
  • Poly/Open/Non monogamous folks

Professional background:



Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from St Cloud State University
  • Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from St. Catherine’s University

Previous Employment

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Unity Hospital

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LICSW #23169

Marilyn Court, MA, LMFT marilyn@affinitypsych.com

Marilyn Court, MA, LMFT

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Good day. My name is Marilyn. I help individuals and couples to identify and modify problems (that are either big or small, from the past or present) at their own pace. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who believes strongly in the power of joy, not being judgmental and being able to laugh about the ebb and flow of life. I received my masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.




How I Work

Do you struggle with staying in this moment; feeling stuck in the past or worried about the future? I would like to help you to get back to the present. Help you learn skills that highlight your strengths and redirect your attention to what matters most in life to you. Together we can make a plan that focuses on building self esteem, reducing anxiety, and building insight into thoughts and feelings that take you away from your best version of yourself.

My aim is to provide a space where you can clear your mind and refocus on what is most important and meaningful to you in your life. When you feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed we can work together to discover which therapeutic skills are most helpful to get back on track.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Who said therapy has to be depressing and serious all the time? Balance in life is important in all things.

There is a time for humor and fun, as well as a time for us to discuss very serious and delicate topics such as trauma or loss of someone.

I love being around friends, family, animals, and kids. I enjoy reading, watching movies, and hiking. My partner and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old Beagle/Jack Russel named Dolly.



Issues I Treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Religious trauma
  • Life Changes

Populations I Serve:

  • Young adults
  • Adults
  • LBGTQI

Professional background:



Education

  • Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Trainings

  • How to apply Mindfulness to your clinical work
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Certificate in Mindfulness)
  • Treating Trauma

Previous Employment

  • Associated Clinic of Psychology
  • Internship at Pride Institute
  • Community Involvement Programs (now called Accord)

Licensure

  • Minnesota, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 3690

Melissa Larson

Melissa Larson, MSW, LICSW melissa.larson@affinitypsych.com

Melissa Larson

Melissa Larson, MSW, LICSW

melissa.larson@affinitypsych.com

Hello, I am so glad you are here! My name is Melissa (she/her/hers) and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I work with individual adults and couples who are interested in dedicating some well deserved time to explore themselves and their relationships with those around them. I love spending time outdoors and at the lake, listening to music, eating Italian food, and connecting with family and friends.




How I Work

Experiencing issues like depression, abuse, addiction, grief, infertility, or relationship problems often make us feel like we are invisible and alone. In addition to a multitude of other issues you may be facing, sometimes in combination, it can feel like day-to-day tasks are impossible. Maybe you are feeling scared, hurt, stuck, misunderstood, unfulfilled, or numb.

These things do not make you weak or crazy, and they do not make you a failure. Maybe what you need is someone to tell you that you do not have to carry those feelings alone. Regardless of what you’re feeling, YOU MATTER. You are important and you have value. I want to hear your story and help you figure out what you want, and more importantly, what you need.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I am very down to earth. I believe in being real with my clients. I have a great sense of humor and enjoy opportunities to bring humor into the work. I will do everything I can to make sure you feel supported and validated, while also challenging you to grow.

I have done extensive research in the presence of postpartum mood disorders in new fathers/non birthing parents.



Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief
  • Pregnancy/Perinatal/Postpartum
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men’s Issues
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Young Adults
  • Couples
  • Parents

Professional background:



Education

  • MSW from University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Trainings

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program – Minnesota
  • Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Previous Employment

  • PrairieCare
  • Associates in Psychiatry & Psychology

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LICSW #26844

Ann Duevel, MSW, LICSW, LADC

Ann Duevel, MSW, LICSW, LADC ann@affinitypsych.com

Ann Duevel, MSW, LICSW, LADC

Ann Duevel, MSW, LICSW, LADC

ann@affinitypsych.com

I’m glad you’re here! If you’re exploring this page, it is likely because you are looking for therapy for either yourself or someone that you love. After experiencing transformative benefits from therapy myself, I decided to go into this profession with the hope of offering other people a similar experience to the one that I was lucky enough to have.

I have over five years of professional experience in this field, and mental wellness is my passion. I hold dual licenses as both a Master’s level Social Worker (MSW, LICSW) and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in the state of Minnesota. I will be a great fit for you if you are a working professional who struggles with issues like depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout, transitional stress, or addiction. I also enjoy working with teens struggling with these same concerns as well.




How I Work

I like to offer a hybrid approach to therapy. This means that I will give you plenty of time to talk and verbally process during our sessions, while also teaching you new tools and skills that will positively impact your life outside of session. It’s important to me that you walk away from our time together having gained more insight into how your mind works, so that you can continue to build upon the improvements that you make in therapy well after our work together is complete.

You may have heard that there are several different types of therapy, and navigating the many options and providers out there can be confusing (and overwhelming!) when first starting therapy. Fortunately, I am familiar with many of the therapeutic strategies out there, and I will gladly work with you to help you figure out what options might be best for treating your particular concerns.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Generally speaking, I believe in getting results.  If we work together, my hope will always be to get you feeling better, more like yourself, and back out into the world as quickly as possible! I do not believe that everyone needs therapy, or that therapy needs to take a long time, and therefore my intention is always to streamline the therapeutic process for every client that I see, and help them recover quickly. I encourage you to schedule a free consultation call with me if you are interested in knowing more or determining if I might be the right fit for you. I would be happy to connect over the phone and answer any questions you might have!



Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Transitional Stressors
  • Relationship issues
  • Burn out
  • Self-esteem

Populations I Serve:

Ages 14 and up. All are welcome.

Professional background:



Education

  • Master of Social Work – University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Trainings

  • Trauma-informed treatment
  • Addiction recovery/motivational focus
  • Solution-focused (problem solving)
  • DBT
  • Mindful Self-Compassion/shame resilience

Previous Employment

  • Headway Emotional Health Services

Licensure

  • Minnesota LICSW 28158
  • Minnesota LADC 304854