Angela Brust, MSW, LICSW

angela@affinitypsych.com

Hello! I’m Angela “Angie” Brust and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I’m a Wisconsin native who grew up most of my life in southern Minnesota. I graduated with a BS in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and received my Master’s in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine’s School of Social Work. I have 10+ years of therapy experience working in healthcare and behavioral health settings in the west metro. It is a pleasure collaboratively working with individuals facing symptoms of depression, anxiety, life transitions, parenting challenges, perinatal mood disorders, and fertility obstacles.

How I Work

I use an integrated therapeutic approach that combines analytic insight with cognitive-behavioral techniques. My therapeutic style is empathic, open, person centered, approachable, direct, and interactive. I strive to create a supportive and collaborative space which empowers you to make meaningful and lasting changes in your life. I believe that therapy should be a safe space to be yourself, and that no person is the same. I’m compassionate and believe in meeting the client where they’re at.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Therapy can be an overwhelming concept, it can feel intimidating, and vulnerable. My goal in working with clients is to allow the space to feel comfortable, approachable, conversational, and personal. I do this in using a conversational approach that feels non-judgmental, validating, and safe, without making a person feel like they’re being psychoanalyzed or held under a microscope. I like joining with the client to explore the goals that bring them to therapy, and meeting them where they are at. I am a mother and wife first, and a therapist second, therefore understand the strife of finding balance, feeling “good enough”, and share my own authentic self with those I work with. I want your experience in therapy to feel positive, something you can look forward to attending, and space you feel you can be yourself.

Issues I Treat:

  • Perinatal mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Body image
  • Life transitions
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem, self-confidence

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual adults
  • Women navigating infertility
  • New parents
  • People in need of teletherapy (video therapy) services

Professional background:

Education

  • Master of Clinical Social Work – University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine
  • BA in Psychology – University of Minnesota, Duluth

Training

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders Components of Care, Postpartum Support International
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous Employment

  • Reed Psychological Services
  • Park Nicollet Clinic

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LICSW #19237