Ann Marie Freeman, MA, LMFT
Hey there! I’m Ann Marie, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and board certified Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor. I have been working in the field of marriage and family therapy for nearly 15 years. I attended North Dakota State University (Go Bison), and received my master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I grew up in Fargo and have been living in the twin cities for almost 20 years. I spent a number of years working in nonprofits (YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters) before becoming a therapist. I enjoy working with individuals struggling with anxiety (been there!), depression and general life STUFF that feels like it has hopped into the driver’s seat of your life! I have two small boys who keep me busy. I love time at the lake, running, watching reruns of Schitt’s Creek and searching for new recipes (that sometimes even get cooked).
How I Work
I view my role as a privilege and wholeheartedly believe that the therapeutic relationship is one that you need to be comfortable with in order for therapy to be successful. My approach is one of transparency and relatability. Yes, I am a therapist and I have training to help you work through challenges and manifest the change you are seeking. However, I never shy away from the reality that I am also human and have experienced many of the things that are brought into session. I never want someone spending time wondering what I am thinking. I work to create an environment of authenticity and a place where you feel your vulnerability is honored; It is then that I feel real change can happen.
What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?
I prefer my office space feeling more living room-like and less office-like. I think this speaks to my style as a therapist. I have a laid back approach and invite you to feel comfortable to do the same in our time together. Shoes off feel better? Cool. Feel best wrapped up in a blanket with a fidget? Do it! Therapy does not have to be uncomfortable.
I strive to connect with each client, to have them feel heard, validated and confident that what is right now is not forever.