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Molly Newman

Offering therapy in MN
License: MS,LPCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
7 years of experience

My name is Molly Newman I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in Minnesota with 4 years of experience in counseling and 10 years in different areas of mental health field. I have worked with trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, challenges in career, ADHD and autism. My counseling style is person focused, I believe people are the experts on their own life and I am just a tool in their tool box to help improve different aspects of their life. My approach is strength based, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused. I understand how difficult it is to take the first step in therapy and reaching out for help. I am looking forward to working on helping you develop the skills to live a life worth living.

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Marisa Zimmerman

Offering therapy in MN
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTEating disordersSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hello! My name is Marisa and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker in the state of Minnesota with over 15 years of clinical experience. I believe in the power of hope and will seek to help clients cultivate a hopeful mindset. I use a combination of solution-focused, mindfulness, task-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy methods to help clients develop a vision for their future and the steps needed to reach their goals. I have worked with clients on a wide range of concerns including anxiety, stress, depression and relationships. I am particularly passionate about helping people who struggle with overeating, emotional eating and chronic dieting. My hope is to empower people to transform and repair their relationship with food and their body by identifying how shame and hopelessness play a part in emotional eating and dieting. Together we will work to end negative body talk, work on self-compassion skills and mindful eating. I am also passionate about supporting educators and school staff. After 17 years of working in a public school system directly with students and teachers, I understand the many stressors and demands today's educators face. If you are a struggling educator, I am here to support you in developing boundaries and prioritizing self-care. My counseling style is warm and supportive. I care about who you are in all of your multiple identities and I am LGBTQIA-affirming. I use a strengths-based approach and strive to have clients feel safe, heard, respected, and understood. I would be honored to work with you and support you on your journey!

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Shelly Foster

Offering therapy in MN
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

After being successful for 17 years in corporate America, I made the drastic decision to change careers and follow my passion. This lead to my attending graduate school 15 years ago and obtaining my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. I am licensed in the state of Minnesota as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and have worked in the field of mental health for the past 12 years. I have had the privilege of providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families – adolescents and adults struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family conflict and attachment, relationship issues, and life transitions. In addition, I have experience in crisis risk assessment, suicide ideation, training coping skills, and providing psycho-education. I have experience providing therapeutic services to individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds in both urban and rural settings. This has included providing mental health services to homeless young adults in a large urban setting, doing in-home family counseling in a rural community, providing family and individual therapy in a suburban mental health clinic, and assessing suicide risk in a hospital emergency department. What I have found is at the heart of all individuals regardless of race and ethnicity, religion, social status, gender identity, or sexual orientation is the desire to live their best lives. I believe we are all experts on ourselves. We may not fully understand why we feel the way we do, what our next steps should be, or how to deal with a particular situation. I believe my role as a therapist is to come along side whoever I am working with to help them in discovering the answers to these questions and assisting them in reaching their goals. I do this by listening, really listening, so I can truly understand. I think the relationship between the therapist and individual is of primary importance. Therapy should be a partnership between the client and therapist. There has to be trust in the relationship. My goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental place where each person feels heard, understood, supported, and helped. I believe each person is multi-dimensional with his or her own reasons for seeking out help. I work towards customizing my therapy for the individual and their particular needs. I am trained in and pull from several different therapeutic models; Cognitive Behavior, Dialectical Behavior, Solution Focused, Psychodynamic, Trauma Focused, and Mindfulness among other modalities. Again, I believe the relationship between therapist and individual is crucial to the success of any therapeutic model. In addition to my training and education in the mental health field I bring life experience and humor to the work I do with individuals. I believe humor is one of our greatest resources. I personally have experienced challenges and transitions in my own life. My philosophy is that life is like floating down a river on a raft. Sometimes the river is calm and the sun is shining down on us while we just bask in the rays. What we don’t know is what is around the next bend in the river. We may be facing rocks, rapids, and turbulence. The goal is to just stay on the raft no matter what is coming next. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. If I sound like the type of counselor/therapist you are looking for, I would love to work with you. If not, it is my hope that you find the best fit to address your needs.

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Jeffrey Elliott

Offering therapy in MN
License: MC,LPCC
AddictionsGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
24 years of experience

I am licensed to provide professional counseling services in the states of Minnesota, Arizona and Kansas. I bring over 20 years of counseling and therapy experience into the therapeutic relationship. Every person is a unique individual and no two people experience adversity or problems in the same way. My goal is to listen to you and help you identify solutions then move toward resolution. Over my career I helped people dealing with issues such as depressed mood, alcohol and other substance use, anxiety, relationship problems, grief/loss and other life circumstance problems. I commend you for considering professional therapy and recognize the courage it took to seek help.

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Gabrielle (Gabbi) Schwenzfeier

Offering therapy in MN
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
3 years of experience

Hello! My name is Gabbi and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. I have worked in a range of therapeutic settings including: in-home, school, and residential treatment centers. I work with a wide range of clients affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, substance abuse, bipolar, borderline personality disorder. I have also spent time working with parents on attachment and parenting skills. The clients I have worked with range in ages 2-75 and I have used individual, family and group therapy to help clients address their concerns. I was born and raised in Minnesota! I attended undergrad at St. Catherine University where I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I then pursued my Masters degree at the University of St. Thomas. I graduated in 2017 with my Masters in Social Work. My therapy style client centered, as you are the expert of your life, you know what works and what doesn't. You have control over your treatment and we will go as in depth as you feel comfortable. I pull from a variety of models including; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where we will focus on how thoughts are connected to our behaviors, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) where we focus on skills such as mindfulness and distress tolerance, as well as, Solution Focused Therapy, where we focus on the present and future and setting goals. I also use the CBT model and narrative therapy to help process trauma that clients have experienced. If you look at my schedule and the time you need is not available, message me and we can try and make something work! Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors, working out and hanging out with my family. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Elena Felipe-Valera

Offering therapy in MN
License: PhD,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
23 years of experience

Looking for solutions to transition into your best life? Are conflict, trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, relationships, and/or grief getting in your way of a balanced life? Are you a healthcare worker or first responder struggling with compassion fatigue and post-traumatic stress? If so, invest in you! Find your voice and your power and live your best life! Elena Felipe is a psychotherapist and coach who utilizes a holistic approach, using EMDR, Brainspotting, solution-focused therapy, and life coaching to positively impact the lives of her clients. She has accrued a range of experiences that give her a unique perspective of what it takes to help people achieve real growth and healing.

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Dr. Pa Vang

Offering therapy in MN
License: LICSW,PhD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
18 years of experience

I have fourteen years of experience providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy to clients of all ages. I use a variety of methods in my work including EMDR, CBT, Trauma Informed Practice, Solution Focused Therapy Methods, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. I use a social justice orientation and recognize the impact of social stressors on the lives of individuals. I also use a systems approach to understanding and intervening in any problems faced by my clients. I use a collaborative approach and start first by listening to understand. I am certified in Teletherapy.

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Autumn Asplund

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTDepression
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Professional in Minnesota with 5 years of professional experience; treating depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, & LGBTQI+ matters . I believe that you are the expert of your story and your strengths. We will work together to gain mastery of the challenges your are coming face to face with. You are already embarked on your journey to well being and recovery, I praise your courage and bravery for taking the first step.

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Adam McConnaughey

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, trauma and abuse, & bipolar disorder. I also have significant experience working with personality disorder diagnoses. I tend to customize my approach to each individual client, with a particular affinity for using techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). I also enjoy using games in a therapeutic setting, and have done research in that area.

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Jennifer Vlach

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 25 years of professional work experience with adults. have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, work difficulties, & depression. I really enjoy working with college students and young adults during important life transitions. I provide a safe space where thoughts and feelings can be shared openly. My belief is that therapy does not have to feel intimidating. My philosophy incorporates self-compassion, skills, and a sense of humor- all of which lead to growth and healing.

How to find counseling in Avoca

Finding the best therapist close by in Avoca can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Avoca. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Avoca, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Avoca or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Avoca area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Avoca, elsewhere in Murray, or in the greater state of Minnesota.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Avoca area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Avoca therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Avoca due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Avoca may not take health insurance, some in the state of Minnesota may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Minnesota you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Avoca, Minnesota working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Avoca above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Avoca helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Avoca therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Avoca therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Avoca therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in MN, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 56114 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Avoca counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Avoca licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Avoca, Minnesota can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Avoca has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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56114

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