Karen Johnson, MA, LMFT, CCTPkaren@affinitypsych.com

Karen Johnson, MA, LMFT, CCTP

karen@affinitypsych.com

Hello and welcome. I’m so happy you have made the tough decision to seek assistance with your mental health needs – we can all benefit from talking to someone from time to time! I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. I attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND for my license in Marriage and Family Therapy.

When I began therapy years ago, I worked mostly out of schools with at-risk youth and their families in the state of MN. When I moved to the Fargo area, and as I progressed in my career, I shifted to working primarily with adults, couples, and older adults; However, I still enjoy working with teens and their parents and have also worked with several trauma survivors.




How I Work

I utilize a variety of therapeutic strategies, such as: how our thoughts affect our behavior and feelings, mindfulness, holistic perspectives, and trauma informed clinical strategies.

In addition to that, I believe the goal of all mental health services should be to help someone live their most satisfying and fulfilling life. That can mean everything from improving symptoms, to finding and completing a lifelong dream, to building a healthy and satisfying relationship. I would be honored to accompany you on this journey and help you find what you seek.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Others have described me as a very insightful, intuitive, and thoughtful person. I bring empathy, compassion, a love of learning about others, an open heart, and an open mind to my work. I also value humor – I think sometimes that is what keeps us going in life! We may also have to talk about hard things, and have to journey back to dark places, but I will gently guide you to where you would like to be. Whatever we are discussing in session, I will strive to make you feel safe, understood, valued, and respected.



Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • All types of Anxiety, including Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
  • Chronic/Persistent mental illness
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Relationship Issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Couples
  • Adults of any age
  • LGBTQI+ folks
  • Parents and adolescents struggling to connect
  • Survivors of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse

Professional background:



Education

  • BA in Psychology at USD in Vermillion, SD
  • MA in Educational Psychology and Counseling at USD in Vermillion, SD
  • Family and Marriage Courses at NDSU in Fargo, ND

Trainings

  • TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional)
  • The Flash Technique

Previous Employment

  • Community Health Services
  • Solutions Behavioral Health Professionals
  • Big Stone County Family Services (where the therapists were housed in the schools in the county)

Licensure

  • Minnesota, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – #2174
  • North Dakota, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – 2009-015

Barb Baker, MA, LPCCbarb@affinitypsych.com

Barb Baker, MA, LPCC

barb@affinitypsych.com

Welcome! Thank you for taking the steps to start your journey to reconnect with yourself. I have a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver. I have a graduate certificate in Addictions Studies and Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Portland State University.

I enjoy spending time with my 2 year old daughter and seeing the world through her eyes. She definitely reminds me to be in the present moment, as well as to dance when music is on and the urge hits you (no matter where you are)!




How I Work

I believe you know yourself better than anyone else. You know what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. My goal is to allow you to share your story while I provide a supportive, non-judgemental, and safe space for you. We will work together to explore how the stories you have developed throughout your life impact how you see and engage with the world around you. We will challenge any false beliefs you may hold so you may find your voice and own your truth. Together, we will slowly chisel away at difficult memories to help you find ways to process and rebuild. I will provide you with a space where you feel heard and seen, somewhere I hope you learn to experience and appreciate your feelings as your own.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I believe in the power of laughing, practicing gratitude, and spending time each day doing something you truly enjoy (even if only for a few minutes). I am down to earth, authentic, and love to learn. I have an innate ability to provide a welcoming and calming environment when working alongside clients. Brene Brown is my guru, and I routinely bring her work into my practice.



Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Coping skills
  • Self esteem
  • Attachment/relationship challenges
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance use
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Life changes/adjustments
  • Codependency/boundary issues
  • Stress
  • Women’s issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual Adults
  • Young Adults/College Students (18+)
  • Adults struggling with addiction and/or struggling with another person’s addiction
  • Creative types
  • Those struggling with codependency and boundary setting
  • Those who do not feel seen or heard
  • Those needing telehealth therapy

Professional background:



Education

  • MA Forensic Psychology, University of Denver
  • Graduate Certificates in Addiction Studies, and Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Portland State University

Trainings

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • How the Body Keeps the Score, Trauma Healing course with Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • Dialectal Behavior Therapy

Previous Employment

  • Hilltop Health Center, Clackamas County, Oregon
  • Volunteers of America, Drug Court, Oregon
  • Morrison Child and Family Therapy, Oregon
  • Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LPCC, #cc03442

Sheri Solheim, MA, LPCC

Sheri Solheim, MA, LPCCsheri.solheim@affinitypsych.com

Sheri Solheim, MA, LPCC

Sheri Solheim, MA, LPCC

sheri.solheim@affinitypsych.com

Sheri is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who works with older adolescents and adults. She comes with over 20 years of experience that allows her to provide knowledgeable and effective care. Sheri will provide you with practical coping strategies to improve daily functioning along with methods of healing unresolved issues and past traumatic experiences. She is kind and solution-minded with a warm, calming presence and a good sense of humor. She especially enjoys working with people who have experienced trauma and young adults who are transitioning into life or college after high school.




How I Work

I like to spend some initial time hearing what you want out of therapy and helping to prioritize and develop our “to do” list. I feel it is important for you to understand why you feel the way you do and that you do not have to be miserable for the rest of your life. I will help you to let go of the past, increase motivation to get things done, problem-solve issues, resolve conflicts, reduce unhealthy habits, and develop happy, healthy relationships. I love to utilize EMDR and basic CBT strategies but tend to use a blend of a full variety of approaches that are catered to your individual needs.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I’ve been around a long time :). I have extensive experience working with a wide range of symptoms and diagnosis and have treated persons ranging in age from six to ninety-eight. At this point in my career, I feel confident in my ability to help you with nearly any mental health or life challenge that comes your way. I am a genuinely kind and caring person who is able to see the strengths in people and build on those to help you achieve a better life. I am fascinated and truly amazed at the way that people can heal and move beyond even the worst experiences to a more positive and hopeful future.



Issues I Treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma/Complex PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Relationship issues
  • Life Stressors
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Addictions/Maladaptive Coping
  • Self-Harm
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Chronic Pain
  • Life Changes/Adjustments
  • Grief

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual Adults
  • Adolescents 15 and up
  • All are welcome

Professional background:



Education

  • B.A. in Psychology – University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, CO
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology – University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Trainings

  • Reality Therapy Seminar (2 Days, Instructor: William Glassar M.D.)
  • 40-Hour Family and Divorce Mediation Training-Conflict Resolution Center
  • Counseling & Development in Child and Adolescence
  • Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (C-DBT) Training: An Advanced Online Skills Training for Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Everyday Clinical Needs
  • Empirically Supported Treatment for Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Body Image & Weight Issues
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Counseling Issues related to Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgendered populations
  • Treatment Resistant Anxiety, Worry & Panic: 60 Effective Strategies
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – 2017, Maiberger Institute
  • Working with Parts with Dissociative Disorders: A Practical Guide for Trauma Therapists
  • When There Are No Words – EMDR
  • Looking Through the Eyes – EMDR
  • Recent Event Protocol – EMDR
  • Cravings and Consequence Protocol – EMDR
  • Pain Protocol – EMDR
  • E. is for Embodiment: Resolving Somatic Dissociation to Enable an Embodied Self

Previous Employment

  • Alluma, Inc. Lutheran Social Services of MN

Licensure

  • Minnesota LPCC #00090

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

Denise Wing, MA, LMFTdenise@affinitypsych.com

Denise Wing, MA, LMFT

denise@affinitypsych.com

Hello! My name is Denise. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with an extensive practice history in both acute short-term settings and as a long-term out-patient therapist. I earned my graduate degree in psychotherapy and counseling at the Alfred Adler Graduate School in MN. It has been my privilege and passion to utilize my years of experience to now focus on work with adults of all ages. Our work together would likely center on guiding and deepening understanding about root problems affecting you, as well as identifying your strengths and building appreciation of yourself while making sense of your story. We will collaborate to support and further develop your hopes for the future.




How I Work

I work from a belief that to understand oneself is to love oneself. Much emotional pain and suffering can be centered and sustained by factors developed at times in our lives when we had little say or help in making meaning of what is happening around us. This can lead not only to mental health symptoms but also deep feelings of inadequacy, guilt, doubt, and confusion about ourselves, our interactions with others and life in general. My job is to build trust and understanding in the therapeutic relationship so that it can be uniquely used for your healing and empowerment. Along the way, we will consider parts of your story that have gone unprivileged when problems are too strong. These are your real, but perhaps underdeveloped plots, subplots, and counter plots of your life story. Once considered and thickened, thy can create a sense of being transported (not unlike a moving novel or movie.) I believe good therapy is both artful and scientific in its approach and theory.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I continually work hard to understand the needs of those that choose to consult with me and recognize the great honor of being allowed to do this work. I know that some people need help feeling contained, some need a reflective surface in which to see parts of themselves so they can feel whole. Others need a relationship in order to process and make sense of their lives while experiencing the unconditional regard they deserve. While many clients have noted a sense of fulfillment around getting to the root of what they consider problems in their lives, I will always honor your timing, emotional safety, and control in the therapy process.



Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Self-esteem/self-worth issues
  • Trauma and abuse issues
  • Developmental trauma including exposure to violence/disaster, neglect, bullying and other emotional abuses, assault and chronic distress in childhood
  • PTSD
  • Family of origin issues and dynamics
  • Anxiety, worry, panic episodes and chronic stress
  • Parenting challenges
  • Anger/aggression
  • Chronic interpersonal conflict
  • Grief
  • Shame or excessive guilt

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults of all ages
  • Creatives
  • People interested in understanding themselves on a deeper level
  • Parents

Professional background:



Education

  • The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

  • Alfred Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN


Trainings

  • Two year Psychoanalytic Training Course, Minneapolis Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (“MPSI”)

  • Eight years of specialized analytic supervision with MPSI Analysts

  • Narrative Therapy Certification Training

  • Several years of Advanced Narrative Therapy study/learning group


Previous Employment

  • PrairieCare Medical Group – Edina Partial Hospitalization Program, Woodbury Outpatient Clinic

  • Family Innovation, Anoka, Eden Prairie

  • Perspectives Supportive Housing Program, St. Louis Park


Licensure

  • MN Marriage and Family Therapist, License #1812

Matthew “Matt” Thompson, MA, LPCC matt@affinitypsych.com

Matthew “Matt” Thompson, MA, LPCC

matt@affinitypsych.com

Hi! I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I work with adults and older adolescents who are looking to figure out how to have a happier, more rewarding, or less lonely time on planet Earth.

I became a therapist because I don’t want anyone to have to go it alone. The world can be unfair, frightening, stubborn, and lonely. I know the power of one person taking the time to listen and care. I hope I can be that person for you.




How I Work

There are as many ways to do therapy as there are therapists in the world, so everyone’s got their own set of beliefs and expectations about what it means to be in therapy. Here’s what it means to me: therapy is a conversation and a journey of exploration. Sometimes we look at big questions. What do you want out of your life? What’s getting in the way? What do you wish was different? Sometimes the questions are a little smaller. Are you having trouble saying something to someone? How do you feel about your job? What are you having trouble with right now?

Either way, I strive to create a space where your story is heard and taken seriously. It’s easy to talk ourselves out of prioritizing our feelings, needs, and boundaries only to end up feeling stuck, unhappy, and alone. My job is to help you become your best resource in order to make positive change. I will listen with an open mind to help you explore how your past experiences have shaped both your present and your expectations of the future. I will also provide honest feedback and challenge you to take ownership of the power you have in your life. Together, we’ll chart a course that allows you to move forward and make the changes you want.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I believe who we are and what we value is reflected in our hobbies, views on current events, and everything else we spend time and attention thinking about. I want to hear about what’s important to you, not just what’s weighing you down.

As a therapist, I embrace my own humanity, meaning my individual experiences, quirks, and limitations play a role in our work together. I don’t promote a rigid single model of what it means to be mentally healthy and I don’t presume to be an authority on every person’s life experience. Therapy works not because I have all the answers that apply to everyone, but because we can team up and share our unique perspectives to figure out the answers that are right and helpful to you.

Also, I use a lot of hastily-improvised nautical and automotive metaphors that inevitably fall apart halfway through and go off the rails. Train metaphors, too, apparently.



Issues I Treat:

  • Life Transitions
  • Adjustment issues
  • Romantic/Family Relationships
  • Peer/Colleague/Friend Relationships
  • Identity Exploration
  • Men’s Issues
  • Toxic Masculinity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anger
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • School/Work/Life Balance

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Motivated Adolescents
  • Undergraduate/Graduate Students
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Nerds, punks, misfits, and others who never felt they had a place to belong

Professional background:



Education

  • MA in Counseling & Psychological Services – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN

  • BA in Theatre Arts & Japanese – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, WI

Previous Employment

  • Headway Emotional Health
  • Radias Health (formerly South Metro Human Services)
  • Walk-In Counseling Center
  • Prior work in fields of Information Technology & International Education

Licensure

  • MN: LPCC #2226

Melissa Stricklin, MA, LPCC melissa@affinitypsych.com

Melissa Stricklin, MA, LPCC

melissa@affinitypsych.com

Hello! My name is Melissa (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs), I am a Queer, neurodivergent, “ExVangelical” with lived experience having an invisible disability/chronic illness. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who enjoys helping adults find practical techniques to improve their mental health symptoms. All are welcome in my office.




How I Work

I offer Cognitive Processing Therapy (not to be confused with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy!) for PTSD.

Are you bothered by things that happened a long time ago? Do you put a lot of effort in avoiding things that remind you of past events? Have you tried everything to improve your depression and anxiety symptoms but nothing seems to help? If you have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I understand that the idea of starting trauma therapy can be overwhelming. Many who have PTSD are concerned that it will take years of weekly therapy sessions to start feeling relief. Others worry about having to share details about trauma that they hoped they would never have to talk about. Fortunately, I offer Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which is a type of trauma therapy that is scientifically shown to reduce symptoms of PTSD as little as 12 sessions (AND it doesn’t require clients to share their trauma story if they don’t want to).

I understand that beginning trauma therapy can feel vulnerable, so my goal is to provide you with a safe space where you can begin your healing process. I want you to be able to make informed decisions about your health, so if you have any questions feel free to contact me via email (melissa@affinitypsych.com) or schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation by using our online scheduling portal.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I am committed to providing evidence based treatment, doing my own work, and continuing to educate myself about intersectionality. My style has been influenced by Feminist Theory which emphasizes intersectionality and the ways that systemic oppression affects mental health. I practice from a sex positive perspective, and I believe in health at every size. I promise to avoid the “Minnesota nice” approach and instead show up in a way that is honest, straightforward, and kind. Let’s work together to help you start thriving instead of just surviving.



Issues I Treat:

  • Codependency
  • Peer relationships
  • Low self-esteem
  • Work-life balance difficulties
  • Relationship conflict and conflict avoidance
  • Procrastination
  • Identity exploration
  • Body image issues
  • Behavioral issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Letter-writing for gender affirming surgery or hormones (after only 1 session)

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • BIPOC individuals
  • LGBTQIA+ individuals
  • People with disabilities
  • People with chronic illness and/or chronic pain
  • Open, poly, and non-monogamous relationships
  • Sex workers
  • Perfectionists
  • Transplants to MN
  • Teletherapy

Professional background:



Education

  • MA in Counseling – Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Trainings

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach to Treat PTSD and Related Conditions
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Clinical Trauma Professional Level 1

  • Treatment Approaches for Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and Mental Health Concerns

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Multiple Trainings focused on how to better serve BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities

  • Telehealth for Mental Health Therapists

Previous Employment

  • Mental Health Systems (MHS)

Licensure

  • Minnesota, LPCC, cc02560

Abby Wulfing, MA, LMFT abby.wulfing@affinitypsych.com

Abby Wulfing, MA, LMFT

abby.wulfing@affinitypsych.com

Welcome! My name is Abby Wulfing, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Minnesota. In the past, I have worked in crisis settings and a day treatment program, but most of my professional career has been spent in an outpatient clinic, which has been a great fit for me. I love that this setting allows me to focus on building a trusting and connected relationship with my clients, where we can collaboratively venture into meaningful territory that will facilitate healing.

I am passionate about working with older adolescents, young adults, couples, and family dyads. Many of the people I work with have a history of trauma, are in a life transition, have difficulty in relationships, struggle with eating-related issues, and have experienced loss, anxiety, and depression. I utilize an integration of approaches including relational and attachment-based modalities, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS).




How I Work

I am a human first, therapist second. I strive to help my clients feel safe, connected, and understood. Together, you and I will identify your hopes and goals for therapy and work towards what progress looks like for you. I tailor my approach to each person, and you will notice that I often check in with you about what’s working and what isn’t.

Clients often tell me that they are overwhelmed by undesirable thoughts and unsure of themselves. They are fearful of being judged and frustrated because they know what they want to do, but just can’t seem to do it. They wonder what is wrong with them and may believe they are “lazy.” I challenge these interpretations because I believe that there are always understandable reasons for what people do. Challenging circumstances and traumatic experiences can activate our minds and bodies to deploy protection to keep us safe. Over time, that prolonged protection can lead to distress including avoidance, feeling disconnected, repeating unhealthy patterns, and buying into unhelpful and discouraging thoughts and beliefs about ourselves.

Our environment, including micro- and macro-level systems, greatly impacts mental health and needs to be recognized and considered in the therapeutic process. I believe people often know or want to discover the resources they already hold within, and therapy can help you identify, uncover, and use those resources to help accomplish your goals. I will meet you where you are at in order to offer you guidance in meeting your goals. This can help you do things like connect to your values, become more skilled at managing your emotions, be more able to take meaningful action, engage in healthy relationships, feel more in control of your thoughts, and decrease your suffering.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I truly enjoy hearing about people’s stories and consider it a privilege to be a therapist. My clients have shared with me that I am down-to-earth, thoughtful, honest, non-judgemental, and present. I will join with you using humor, your interests, and creativity, and I will be there with you through life’s difficulties and joys. I am proud that you made this courageous step and look forward to meeting with you!



Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Parent-Child Struggles
  • Effects of Mental or Physical Abuse
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Grief

Populations I Serve:

  • Teens 15 and up
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Mixed-Race and Multiethnicity Relationships
  • LGBTQI+
  • Those in poly/open/non-monogamous relationships

Professional background:



Education

  • BA in Psychology – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • Master’s in Counseling Psychology – University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN

Previous Employment

  • The Lorenz Clinic

  • The Bridge for Youth

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LMFT #3475

Jeffrey 5x7

Jeffrey Brunsgaard, MA, LPCC jeffrey@affinitypsych.com

Jeffrey 5x7

Jeffrey Brunsgaard, MA, LPCC

jeffrey@affinitypsych.com

Hi! I’m Jeff Brunsgaard, a licensed professional clinical counselor licensed in Minnesota. I have lived in Minnesota for my entire life, from as far south as Rochester to as far north as Andover. I provide therapy to adolescents, adults, individuals, and couples. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Winona State University and a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of St. Thomas’ Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Professionally I am at my best when I can see a wide range of clients – younger and older, individuals and couples, neurotypical and neurodiverse – all with a wide range of personalities and challenges bringing them to therapy. My training and expertise make me well-suited to work with this breadth of clients, as I pull from a variety of therapeutic approaches in order to meet the needs of each individual person. I have particular interest in working with adolescents, those with neurodevelopmental diagnoses, and individuals who have experienced trauma.




How I Work

I believe in constantly learning, growing, and improving my skills. So I could tell you that I have training in everything from narrative therapy, to solution-focused therapy, to EMDR. But that might not mean much to you, and it probably shouldn’t. Ultimately, all those theories and techniques are simply tools in a toolbox. Our task is to figure out which tools are going to be helpful for you in your unique circumstance.

For us to effectively figure that out, my foremost priority is developing a safe and collaborative relationship with you. With that in place, we will work together to try out the tools, discarding the ones that don’t work and honing your ability to use the ones that do.

As you build confidence in these new skills, you’ll see the discomfort and distress that brought you to therapy begin to transform. You will again find yourself pursuing your aspirations. It is powerful to rediscover those feelings of agency and purpose in your life!


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

One – I love, seriously love, to listen to people’s stories. When you dive deep into the heart of your personal story in therapy, allowing us to really examine and understand your place in that story, then I know we’re on our way to making big things happen for you. I know you’re going to be able to write and re-write the story of your life in a conscious, authentic way.

Two – I am a highly non-judgmental therapist. Your story, your goals, your dreams, your challenges are what make you unique. And your uniqueness is what makes our work together so interesting to me. I believe that there is always room to improve our lives, and I want to follow your direction in terms of setting goals and striving for the improvements you want to achieve. You bring your expertise about yourself and your life, and I bring my clinical expertise. Together, that collaboration allows us to address immediate problems on the way to pursuing your larger aspirations.



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Issues I Treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment difficulties and stress
  • Life transitions (phases of life, major life changes)
  • Parenting challenges
  • Relationship issues
  • Identity issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Transitional/Young adults and adolescents
  • Families
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responders
  • Survivors
  • Students
  • Professionals

Professional background:



Education

  • MA in Clinical Counseling – University of St. Thomas
  • BA in Psychology – Winona State University

Trainings

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDRIA
  • Rising Strong (Brené Brown, Ph.D, LICSW)
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous employment:

  • Conscious Healing Counseling
  • Fraser
  • Minnesota Autism Center
  • Volunteers of America
  • Practicum at Domestic Abuse Project

Licensure:

  • Minnesota: LPCC #cc01755

Christin Seirup, MA, LPCC christin@affinitypsych.com

Christin Seirup, MA, LPCC

christin@affinitypsych.com

Hello! I’m so glad that you decided to look into therapy today and found me here. A little about me – I have always wanted to help people. My friends and family used to tell me that counseling came naturally to me, and I took that to heart. I obtained my Masters degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Counseling and Psychological services, and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I have been able to make helping people my career of choice. For over 10 years I have walked alongside clients as they have worked hard to change their lives. I gotta tell ya – nothing is more rewarding than working together with someone as they make that change happen.




How I Work

I want your experience of therapy with me to feel safe, cooperative, and empowering. In order for this to occur my goal is to listen to you through non-judgmental ears, to help you really see and hear what it is that’s happening for you and where you’re getting stuck. When I ask the tough questions, you can begin the process of unlocking the doors that you choose to open. My motto is, “the client holds the keys.” You might not know it now, but you already have within you what it takes to unlock the doors. My job is to help you find those keys and trust yourself to use them. Together we will prepare for, and build hope for, what’s on the other side of the door. And I will celebrate with you as you walk confidently through the doorway into new circumstances, new habits, new meaning and purpose in your life.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

It seems I’ve always had a natural ability to counsel and guide others. My father, a clinical psychologist himself, said that I have “natural chops” for this work, and I think he was right. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the human experience. My undergraduate work focused on developmental psychology – how we are shaped by our experiences from childhood on, and how those experiences continue to manifest in our lives as adults. It’s not always easy to see that we are sometimes viewing the world through the eyes of that child inside of us. That we grow and develop strategies for dealing with our feelings based on those experiences, and that we develop beliefs about who we are as a person as a result. In graduate school I learned how to merge those interests and passions with new skills, new knowledge, and my own natural ability. With that combination of passion and skill, I can help you see, understand, and have compassion for your own developmental journey. Then together we will uncover and practice the empowered stance of making your own choices in the here and now. You, living life on your own terms. Can you picture it? I’m ready to get started if you are.



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Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma (acute,chronic, and complex) PTSD
  • Family of origin issues
  • Relationship Conflict/Communication
  • Codependency
  • Self-worth/esteem
  • Shame
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Depression Management
  • Identity Exploration
  • Grief and Loss (including pet loss)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Substance misuse/abuse/addiction
  • Behavioral addictions
  • Women’s issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual Adults 18+
  • Survivors of Trauma
  • LGBTQ+Community
  • Helping Professionals
  • Creative Types
  • Military and Law Enforcement
  • Underrepresented peoples
  • Teletherapy

Professional background:



Education

  • Masters of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services- St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology – University of Minnesota

Trainings

  • DBT – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR – Levels 1 and 2
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk: The Body Keeps The Score
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Tapping In: Activating Healing Resources

Previous employment:

  • Progress Valley Inc.
  • Supportive Living Services
  • Canvas Health

Licensure:

  • Minnesota: LPCC #cc00135