Samatalis Haille, MA, LPCCsamatalis@affinitypsych.com

Samatalis Haille, MA, LPCC

samatalis@affinitypsych.com

Hello!  I am Samatalis Haille ( I go by Sammy). I am a Professional Clinical Counselor licensed in Minnesota. I offer individual, couples, and family therapy. I hold undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St Mary’s University of Minnesota. In addition to outpatient therapy, I have held clinical positions in Rescare, currently SpringPath Mental Health Services in Twin Cities.  I work with you to gain insight to what is driving your presenting challenges. We will then build plans on that insight to develop habits that offer lasting solutions to the challenges.

I work with adults in individual, couples, or family settings, who are working through anxiety, depression, and trauma.  I have dealt with some degree of anxiety, trauma, depression and what appears to be a mild degree of ADHD myself. I grew up in wartime Somalia, lived as an immigrant in the US for more than two decades engaging with challenges in this new home and the problems of the original homeland, concurrently. I see all your challenges, and mine too,  as opportunities to learn and grow.




How I Work

When you talk to me, I will always listen. I pay attention to what you THINK about, what you talk about, and how you FEEL about it. Strong emotions signal to you that there is something that needs attention. Thoughts provide important clues as to the cause of these strong emotions. Together, we will discuss these issues, come up with constructive solutions, and build on those thoughts to find ways for you to overcome whatever it is you are facing at that time. In simple terms, you and I will harness your own thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, behaviors, and motivations to get you to where you want to go.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I believe what sets me apart from many therapists is that I follow you to wherever you go. As you talk, I try to extend on your ideas and challenge your thoughts. I will roll with you, as they say, aiming to see things from your perspective and build on concepts that are consistent with your thinking. If you think at some point your perspective needs to change in regards to a specific matter, to cope effectively with whatever you are confronted with, I am also here to challenge you and ask the hard questions that will aid in healthy self-reflection.



Issues I Treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Personality disorders
  • Difficult relationships
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Impulse control challenges
  • Substance use and addictions

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual Adults 18+
  • Couples
  • Families with relationship challenges.
  • NT, SP and NF MBTI personality types.

Professional background:



Education

  • Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Political Science and minor in Psychology from University of Minnesota, twin cities campus.
  • Masters in Counseling & Psychological services from St Mary’s University of Minnesota, twin cities campus.

Trainings

  • I have completed Gottman level 3, couples therapy training; also, completed a 12 hours course on an evidence based practice on how to deal with dual disorders, Enhanced Illness Management and Recovery, E-IMR) From University of MN: Center for Practice Transformation, DBT skills from Nystrom & Associates Training center in Arden Hills; Completed introduction and level 1 training of Floor time model, completed graduate courses on ACT, psychodynamics; also completed my 700 hours internship on Motivational Interviewing. Completed my masters thesis on the causes and novel treatment of schizophrenia, and countless continuing education courses to sharpen my counseling skills. Also completed basic Floor time model training, and now enrolled in a 14 weeks, level 1 certificate course, to serve people with developmental disorders, and also the rest of the population who may have similar challenges.

Previous Employment

  • Intensive Residential Treatment Services, IRTS
  • Rescare now, SpringPath

Licensure

  • MN, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, #3240

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

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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

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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

David Frovarp, APRN-CNPdavid@affinitypsych.com

David Frovarp, APRN-CNP

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Hi there! My name is David, and I’m a board-certified nurse practitioner. I enjoy working with patients who are considering adding medication to manage and improve their overall mental health.

Originally from Minnesota, I have also experienced living in different parts of the country including California, New Jersey, and Georgia previously. This has allowed me the opportunity to work with people from many different walks of life, and for this I am extremely grateful.

In clinical practice I have worked in a variety of settings that include: direct patient care as a provider, administrative roles overseeing day-to-day operations, and working with colleagues to improve policies and delivery of patient care. While I have greatly enjoyed leadership roles and being a part of positive change from an administrative level, I have to admit that connecting with patients individually and working with them towards the development and achievement of their goals is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences that I have been fortunate to be a part of.




How I Work

I aim to be an active listener and provide validation and feedback that is relative to the individual I’m speaking with at the moment. I’m a firm believer that a good relationship at any level starts with good communication. I frequently receive positive feedback regarding my style of communication and ease in which others are able to have meaningful conversations with me. I take considerable pride in this, and can say with honesty that I have a genuine goal to improve the existence of those whose paths I come across.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

The willingness and internal push to ensure that the individuals I see have an opportunity to express their concerns while conveying compassion and a true sense of care. Many people go through the healthcare system expecting the “take a ticket and wait” mentality, feeling like they are treated like a number instead of a person.

My approach is genuine, open, and non-judgemental. Each individual in this life walks a different path and goes through their ups and downs, and it’s important for my clients to know that the care and management of their concerns will be approached with this in mind. In our conversations clients will receive open and honest feedback with the end goal of being an active participant in helping them with the decisions that will help give them the opportunity to improve their happiness and quality of life.



Issues I Treat:

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Helping Professionals
  • Marginalized Populations

Professional background:



Education

  • Chamberlain University – Addison, IL
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    • Master of Science in Nursing
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Columbia Southern University – Orange Beach, AL
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Focus of studies in Healthcare Management
  • Gordon State College – Barnesville, GA

Licensure

  • Minnesota Nurse Practitioner / 4937
  • Board Certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners / F1116535

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

chelse@affinitypsych.com

Welcome. My name is Chelse, I use she/they pronouns and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota.

I’m glad you are here. Making the choice to start therapy can feel vulnerable and you may feel like you don’t know where to start. I am here to meet you where you are at; whether you have been to therapy in the past or this is your first time reaching out for support. I believe you have innate power to create change, so that your life is one you enjoy and want to live, even when it gets tough.




How I Work

I will believe what you tell me. I have a way of communicating that is direct and gentle. I offer an approach to therapy rooted in mindful self-compassion; using cbt, trauma informed, fat positive, anti-oppressive and holistic approaches. I will provide you the space to be open with yourself, so that you can attend to what comes up from a place of kindness.


How We Will Work

When you want to vent; I will listen. When you want to process experiences; I will bring a curious and non-judgemental presence. When you express feelings; I will stay grounded. When you are seeking information/validation to help normalize what you are going through, I can provide psychoeducation or direct you to helpful sources. Therapy has improved benefits when there is engagement in learning and/or reflection outside of sessions, so (*with consent) you can expect me to offer resources for review, books to read, podcasts, positive social media for inspiration and journal activities.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

With the intersecting identities I hold a white, able bodied, queer, non-binary, first time parent, survivor; I bring the knowledge and empathy of my lived experience to the therapeutic relationship. Whether it’s related to sexuality and gender, challenging relationships, trauma, codependency, or a major life transition; my intention is to help you find the compassion, bravery and motivation to show up for yourself, in the ways you feel are best.

I look forward to working with you.



Areas of experience:

  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexuality, gender and sex exploration
  • Establishing boundaries
  • Healing from trauma
  • Healing from sexual abuse
  • Life transitions
  • Substance use
  • Grief and loss
  • Impacts of diet culture, fat phobia and negative body image
  • Relationship transitions
  • Self compassion

Populations I Serve:

  • Survivors
  • LGBTQQIP2SAA folx
  • Non-binary folx
  • Poly/Open/Non monogamous folx
  • Kinky folx
  • BIPOC
  • Students
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Perfectionist folx
  • Neurodivergent folx

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

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

Vlad Gordeyev, MS, LMFT vlad@affinitypsych.com

Vlad Gordeyev, MS, LMFT

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Greetings! My name is Vlad. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently working towards becoming fully licensed in Minnesota. I have six years of experience providing services in the Des Moines, IA area in home, school, and office settings. My goal is to be more than just a listening ear. I am here to offer you constructive, unbiased support for anything from difficult life changes, to trauma, or complex communication patterns in your personal relationships. I aim to give you the space to explore and express your thoughts and desires while helping you build resilience along the way.




How I Work

If you are the type of person who has paved their own way without asking for much help, I get it. However beneath that exterior strength you may feel lost and isolated, yearning for a chance to finally let someone in. You are not alone! By tapping into the insight and strengths you already possess, we will work towards becoming less dismissive of these feelings and help you begin to understand yourself better than before. I know this can be challenging and anxiety-provoking. Because, let’s be real, change is never easy. But let me tell you, it’s worth it.

I use a client-centered, strengths-based and collaborative approach to help you navigate life at your speed. Here you will be safe, listened to, valued, respected, and understood. We will explore different solutions to best meet your needs at all levels – individual, couple, family, professional, community. I am passionate about helping you find motivation and confidence in yourself. Let’s break those unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns so we can identify your goals to live a more meaningful and value-driven life!


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Deep down, I am all about having a good time and I love having exciting things to look forward to! I enjoy bringing that same energy into therapy. Part of that includes humor, which almost always happens in my sessions! I have been described as relatable, open-minded, and easy to talk to. I believe that I bring an atmosphere that is always going to be attentive to your needs. I have been told that I make couples and families feel safe and understood without taking sides.

In my office, you will find board games, cards, and fidgets to mess around with. When adults see this, they typically think they are just for the kids, however, life is filled with many responsibilities and it never hurts to lighten things up through a game while we chat.

My personal interests are playing and watching hockey (GO WILD!), watching football (SKOL!), playing video games, exercising, spending time with my two dogs, and watching movies (particularly thrillers and suspense). I also have a major sweet tooth and love my Reese’s and DQ blizzards! I am always open to talk about your interests as well without losing sight of your goals and areas of importance. I’m humbled by the opportunity to learn more about you.



Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma
  • Life Stressors
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • ADHD
  • Life Changes/Adjustment
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Teens and Young Adults
  • Children (7+)
  • Couples and Families

Professional background:



Education

  • Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy – St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelors in Community Psychology – St. Cloud State University

Trainings

  • Psychological Trauma and Juvenile Justice: Impact on Mind, Body, Behavior and Community
  • New Approaches to Managing Trauma
  • Interventions with Grieving Children and Adolescents
  • Family Interventions for Therapists
  • Using Sand Tray Play Therapy to Treat Anxiety and Trauma
  • Bowen Family Systems Conference
  • Technology and Ethics
  • Safety Training for Therapists

Previous Employment

  • ELEOS Psychology Center, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Lifeworks, Inc., Ankeny, Iowa
  • The Village Family Service Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Licensure

  • Iowa: LMFT # 082182

Terria McGee, MSW, LICSW

Terria McGee, MSW, LICSW terria@affinitypsych.com

Terria McGee, MSW, LICSW

Terria McGee, MSW, LICSW

terria@affinitypsych.com

Hey there! Congratulations to you on taking the first step into finding a therapist, whether it be for you or a loved one. I know that finding the right fit can be difficult at times, but I am glad you are here! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. I have experience working in schools, in homes, and outpatient clinics. I work with adolescents, young adults, adults, and families. Working with individuals from various backgrounds has allowed me to use multiple therapeutic models to provide culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care.




How I Work

I know that at times you can feel so alone in your struggles that you can’t find the words to describe your emotions. I want you to know that you have someone in your corner that is ready to support and guide you to answer those tough “why?” or “how?” questions. You may also find that sometimes you just need to vent and get things off your chest, and that’s okay too. We’re going to be real with each other, assess these problems, and come out stronger after every session.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I bring a unique cultural understanding to my work as a therapist, and my own life experiences allow me to look at things from a perspective of genuine empathy. I am here to help you explore and discover new ways to cope with and manage your feelings. I want you to know that when you come into our sessions, whether it be virtually or in-person, you will not be judged. My goal is to make sure you’re comfortable telling me what’s on your mind and how we can work on making it more manageable together.



Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Identity Crises
  • Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Parenting/Co-Parenting
  • Parent-Child Relationships

Populations I Serve:

  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Families

Professional background:



Education

  • Master’s in Social Work – Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelor’s in Social Work – North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

Trainings

  • CBT
  • Various trauma-informed practices (including but not limited to culturally specific practices)
  • TF-CBT
  • MAP
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Mindfulness
  • Suicidal Ideation/self-harming behaviors

Previous Employment

  • Wilder Foundation – Mental Health Clinic
  • Wilder Foundation – School-based Services

Licensure

  • Minnesota, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, 25722