David Frovarp, APRN-CNPdavid@affinitypsych.com

David Frovarp, APRN-CNP

david@affinitypsych.com

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