Sherry Fridlund, MA, LPsherry@affinitypsych.com

Sherry Fridlund, MA, LP

sherry@affinitypsych.com

Hello! I am Sherry Fridlund. I am a Licensed Psychologist with 26 years’ experience working with children through seniors. I am a Minnesota native, and I enjoy everything from boating to snowmobiling. I received my Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, and I have worked in the metro area ever since. I have worked with a wide variety of clients across my career, and I can help clients with many challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality exploration, and family problems. I also have a special interest in working with those who have autism or think they have autism, and the families and partners who are navigating life while supporting their autistic loved ones.




How I Work

I love helping you problem-solve and learn the skills you need to take the next steps in your life! I offer clients my complete time, attention, and accumulated wisdom in our sessions together, so that you know you have a true partner in your journey. I practice from a strengths-based approach, which means that I am laser-focused on helping you find, know, and celebrate what you’re great at! Then we can use that as the foundation to build additional skills and abilities to help you further your goals. Along the way, I will provide clear and direct instructions for a variety of skills and will work with you to practice these skills in our sessions. Together we will non-judgmentally process your emotions, help you to understand yourself better, and implement the strategies that will move you towards the goals you seek.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I have a long, successful history helping individuals with a wide variety of symptoms and diagnoses. At this point in my career, I can confidently support you in nearly any mental health challenge or life transition you are facing. As you face whatever difficult situation you are in, I want to utilize my accumulated clinical wisdom and expertise to help you and/or your families better understand yourself and your unique strengths. And if you are a person with autism, or someone who loves a person with autism, it may be helpful to know that I have lived experience with family members who have struggled to understand autism in themselves and that have been misdiagnosed by others, which is particularly true for women and adult adults.



Issues I Treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Life Stressors
  • Behavioral Issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Individual Adults
  • Adolescents 15 and up
  • Families
  • Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • LGBTQ Individuals

Professional background:



Education

  • Master’s in counseling, Saint Mary’s University

  • Bachelor’s in psychology, North Central University


Trainings

  • Numerous trainings related to the topics of anxiety, depression, personality disorders and   schizophrenia

  • Specific training related to autism spectrum disorder.

  • Certificate in Telehealth Therapy.


Previous Employment

  • Res Care

  • Health Star Home Health  ( current )


Licensure

  • MN Psychologist, License LP 3367

Denise Wing, MA, LMFTdenise@affinitypsych.com

Denise Wing, MA, LMFT

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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

Kelly Cook, MSW, LICSW kelly.cook@affinitypsych.com

Kelly Cook, MSW, LICSW

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Hi! I’m Kelly Cook. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I am a transplant from Topeka, Kansas where I received my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Washburn University. I received my Master of Social Work Degree from The University of Missouri at Kansas City. I provide individual therapy to women and men, from young adults to those young at heart!




How I Work

My office is a judgment free zone! I see myself as that GPS system in your car. You’re in the driver’s seat, and you decide where you want to go. I will give you some direction, track you, guide you, recalculate with you, and help you reach your goals. You always have the choice to change routes or choose a different destination. If something doesn’t work for you, or you feel uncertain about it, or you don’t understand it, we’ll talk about it and try something different. You are your own best expert, and I will work to be the guide you need on your journey.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

My clients have told me they feel respected and listened to. I give clients all the credit for the work we do in my office. As an experienced therapist, I see the value in learning where clients are at in their life journey. I will celebrate the good things in your life and be there to help you process those disappointing things in life. I like to create a warm inviting environment where people feel relaxed. Grab a cup of coffee or my personal favorite, Diet Dr. Pepper, and let’s chat!

I like to laugh and see the good things in everything. I may even regale you with mindless classic rock/Monkees and Peanuts trivia! (I promise not to go overboard!)



Issues I Treat:

  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Complex Trauma
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • LGBT issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Women
  • Men
  • Young Adults
  • LGBT folks

Professional background:



Education

  • Master of Social Work – University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Bachelor of Social Work – Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas

Trainings

  • EMDR training
  • DBT training

Previous Employment

  • Cook Counseling Service
  • Psychotherapeutic Resources
  • Central Minnesota Mental Health
  • Compass Mental Health in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging in Lawrence, Kansas

License

  • Minnesota: LICSW 17541

Ashley Lange, MA, LPCC ashley@affinitypsych.com

Ashley Lange, MA, LPCC

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I’m so grateful that you’ve taken the time to look into therapy and find the right person for you, your family, or your loved one. I’m Ashley, a licenced professional clinical counselor (LPCC) with experience doing individual and family work with adolescents, teens, and adults. Whether in schools, hospitals, clinics, or at home, I have been honored to be present during crises, low points, struggles, and intense challenges. I have also been privileged enough to see people overcome, grow, change, persevere, and live their truest and most authentic lives.

Most importantly, what my experience has taught me is that mental health is never as simple as a diagnosis, a list of symptoms, what pill to take next, or what new therapy fad to use. It’s understanding the big picture, whether that involves family history, social and environmental factors, or injustice and oppression as a result of race, body size, gender, sexuality, or any other area of human bias. Mental health is often the result of trying to live in a world that makes living our best lives difficult, and I do my best to help all of my clients navigate their personal experiences with empathy and humility.

I bring practical knowledge, comprehensive clinical understanding, warmth, and a sense of humor to my work. I am so excited to get to know more about you, and help you accomplish your mental health goals.




How I Work

I attempt to bring the best of many worlds into my sessions. I value learning, education, research, knowledge, and cutting edge clinical information. I also believe strongly that every individual is their own best expert, and my primary job is to help you to access the tools within yourself to lead the life you want to live. I utilize a variety of therapeutic strategies such as CBT, DBT, MAP, mindfulness, holistic perspectives, systems therapy, and trauma informed clinical strategies.

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


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I’ve frequently been described as a specialist in “nerdy” topics, so I am always excited to talk about the latest video games, board games, or other niche hobbies with my clients. I also love to make use of fun and excitement in my therapy sessions. When I work with adolescents I will use games and activities to improve the process. But I’m not afraid to bust out games with clients of all ages! Life can and should be fun, and therapy is no different.

People describe me as a very insightful, intuitive, and thoughtful person. I bring deep empathy, compassion, a love to learn about others, and an open heart and mind to my work. I also value humor, and my sessions are often filled with laughter. That’s not to say we won’t also experience the hard things, and travel to dark places, together. Whatever we’re discussing in session, I strive to make my clients feel safe, understood, valued, and respected.



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Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma (particularly with adolescents)
  • ADHD
  • Body image concerns
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic/Persistent mental illness

Populations I Serve:

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Families and couples
  • Adults of any age
  • LGBTQI+ folks
  • Parents and adolescents struggling to connect
  • Families trying to repair their relationships with one another
  • Survivors of physical and sexual abuse

Professional background:



Education

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • BA in Strategic Communications – Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Previous Employment

  • Sioux Trails Mental Health Center
  • Fernbrook Family Center
  • People Incorporated
  • Sexual Violence Center

Licensure:

  • Minnesota: LPCC #cc2903

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.



Schedule an Appointment!

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

Jessica McBride, MPS, LPCC, LADC jessica@affinitypsych.com

Jessica McBride, MPS, LPCC, LADC

jessica@affinitypsych.com

Hi! Welcome to my little blurb! I hope that you feel like you get to know me just a bit. I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. I have a Masters in Professional Studies, a graduate certification in Addiction Studies, and a BA in Psychology, all from the University of Minnesota. I have worked in a gender-specific treatment program for women as a counselor and in leadership roles. I also worked for two years as an addiction therapist in Hong Kong, with the expatriate population. I have seen that, across the world, people are yearning for the same thing: connection. We humans are a funny bunch; what we are yearning for is what we also push away, out of fear of rejection and vulnerability, shame, and low self-worth. I practice what I preach in my own life and I am genuinely excited about helping you do the same!




How I Work

Feminist theory and relational-cultural theory (RCT) are the anchors in the framework of my counseling theory and direct my professional and personal life. Through these theories, connection and empowerment are able to thrive and start the motion of change. When I work with someone, I don’t ask, “why the issue?” I ask, “where is the pain?” I believe in validating each persons individual experience because each person I work with, matters. My belief is that we are ultimately seeking connections, and those connections help us to nurture and cultivate change. To be self-actualized does not mean to be in complete harmony with the path one is on or to not have questions or difficulties. When a human is self-actualized, they are connected to others in empathic, supportive, empowering relationships that foster empathy and support. Together, we will work on accessing all of the strengths that you may not know you have. I am a stickler for language because the words we use about ourselves matter, and together we will build a new and empowering framework for your inner monologue, which sets the foundation for how you ultimately treat yourself.


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I am highly empathic and in-tune with other people’s emotions and with the energy that is in the session. I really believe in giving you space to feel what you are feeling and empowering you to name it. The space that I create and nurture is safe, respectful, culturally responsive, and empowering. Clients have repeatedly told me that they feel at ease very quickly in my presence. I work with people on seeing and experiencing their own vulnerability as signs of strength and courage; bravery is not about stoicism, it is about authentic connection and allowing yourself the gift of really being “seen.” My clients tell me often that they feel “seen” and heard by me, which is ultimately how trust is built. I value getting to know my clients’ stories and helping them understand how they want to change the narrative, in order to live the most satisfying and fulfilled life possible. Humans are hard-wired for connection and I believe that the connections we have in our lives set the foundation for everything else. I love being a therapist and, dare I say, I do believe that therapy can be a fun and enlightening process! I look forward to working with you.



Schedule an Appointment!

Issues I Treat:

  • Addiction (substance and process)
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Body image issues
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Family conflict
  • Grief/complicated grief and loss
  • Intimacy issues (physical and emotional)
  • Life transitions
  • Loneliness/isolation
  • Mental health and family issues related to addiction
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Trauma and abuse

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Young Adults/college age
  • Expatriate population
  • Tele-therapy
  • LGBTQ+ Community
  • Healthcare/licensed professionals
  • HPSP involvement
  • Adults involved in legal system (CP/Probation)

Professional background:



Education

  • Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Graduate Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • BA in Psychology – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Trainings

  • Level 1 Certification in Narrative Therapy (in progress)
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2
  • DBT
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Co-occuring Disorders
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous Employment

  • Wayside Recovery Center
  • HCMC Addiction Medicine
  • St. John’s Counseling Center

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LPCC #cc01586
  • Minnesota: LADC #303010