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Brenden Troster, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Depression
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About me

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Minnesota with 6 years of experience working as a therapist, and 22 years of experience working as a coach. I am also a current Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology. I have accumulated a wide range of experience working with a diverse clientele. I have worked in school based mental health, addiction treatment, and residential treatment for children and teens. I have also worked in an outpatient setting treating severe and persistent mental illness. I have worked with children and teens that have had severe trauma through Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have also worked extensively with struggling families. Some of the many issues I have worked with people on are depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction, trauma, parenting problems, relationship issues, ADHD, sexual abuse, pornography addiction, and anger management.

My therapeutic style is to first listen to your story. You are the expert on your life, and I am here to listen to that experience. I try to treat everyone with respect, dignity, compassion, and understanding. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, Bowenian, motivational interviewing, and rational-emotive behavioral therapy methods. I believe in a client-centered collaborative approach in which I work to understand needs and goals that are specific to you. Your specific goals will guide our discussion and formulate your treatment plan.

We all have times in our life when we could use some perspective and help with reaching our goals. We will work together to create a treatment plan and interventions that are unique to your situation. I welcome the opportunity to assist you in reaching your goals.

I look forward to getting to know you and working together!

Professional experience

6yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Sex Addiction, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

IA LMFT 108709

MN LMFT 3554


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Brenden Troster. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I am very pleased with our interactions and the insight provided.

Written on Dec 01, 2022 after therapy with Brenden for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues

I love Brendon! He has been a very peaceful and supportive presence in my life.

Written on Sep 10, 2022 after therapy with Brenden for 1 year and 2 months

Brenden has been a great support in my recovery. He is an excellent listener and takes a logical approach to therapy. He offers real, tangible ideas and actions that are easy to implement into my life. Extremely grateful for Brenden’s insights and highly recommend him to others.

Written on Aug 08, 2022 after therapy with Brenden for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

He is very patient with my scheduling screw ups. He also provides insightful options for another way to look at life’s struggles.

Written on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with Brenden for 8 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

So far his wisdom is appreciated greatly!

Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Brenden for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Even when I'm wrapped up in the happenings of day to day life and I'm not able to get online to casually message, he doesn't shame me or pressure me to just do video calls or phone calls, which I appreciate immensely. My speech and thoughts are not as organized as when I write, so chatting via messenger is a great way for me to communicate efficiently.

Written on Jun 14, 2022 after therapy with Brenden for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd