Greetings! I have been a licensed psychologist in Minnesota for over 30 years, and during that time I've worked in public schools, in higher education as a counselor educator, and doing individual counseling work. At the core of my work is a deep respect for the clients and students with whom I work, and a strong belief in people’s ability to grow and transform themselves when provided with the support they need. I am well-versed in a variety of counseling theories and techniques, but it really comes down to the way you would like your counseling experience to look and feel. Let's not worry about adhering to a certain theory. Rather, let's figure out what you want and need. And if this is your first counseling experience and you don't know what you want it to look like, no worries. We'll figure it out together.
While each client may have a different counseling experience, if you are my client you can expect a few things. We will have a thorough conversation about what you would like to be different in your life and how counseling can help you get there. Our conversations will be mostly strengths-based, meaning we will focus more on finding solutions than immersing ourselves in problems. But sometimes people need to talk through their problems before moving forward, and if you need to talk difficult past experiences, or times you have been marginalized or discriminated against or otherwise mistreated, we will talk about that for as long as you need, and you can expect to feel strongly supported. If you have experienced trauma or loss, we will talk about that. If you come to a session and just need to vent to a caring listener, that is what will happen. But the overarching goal of our sessions will be to help you move forward and figure out a path to a more fulfilling life.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Depression
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Richard has been a brilliant therapist, has listened, supported, and provided helpful questions, insight and ideas as well as a comforting atmosphere.
Written on Aug 30, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 8 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Richard is a very good listener, and asks the right questions to help you think thru situations
Written on Jul 11, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Richard is great. Non judgemental. Great Listener. Provides ideas, thoughts, workable solutions
Written on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Phenomenal therapist and person! I truly enjoyed working with Rick!
Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Richard listens well and is supportive in helping me accomplish my goals.
Written on Mar 16, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, and self esteem
As a soon to be practicing counselor, my expectations of a therapist are high! I have felt seen, heard, and valued by Richard Auger in our sessions. He has also been incredibly responsive and thoughtful in his communication between sessions. His professional expertise and years of experience are accompanied by genuine caring, presence and humility. I feel so fortunate to be working with him!
Written on Feb 11, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue