In life, you may feel like you need a makeover. Anxiety, depression, and other life problems can make you feel inadequate and ugly. However, a counselor based in Blaine can give you the makeover you've always wanted. 

Blaine’s economy is notable for being in the cosmetics industry. While that kind of makeup can make you feel good about your appearance, when you need some mental mascara, a counselor can be the person who gives you the right makeover for your situation. Talk to a counselor today and see what they can do.

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Jessica McBride

Offering therapy in MN
License: MPS,LPCC,LADC
AddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and licensed alcohol and drug counselor licensed by the State of Minnesota. I studied at the University of Minnesota and have been working with clients for over 10 years. My work has taken me to Hong Kong and back to my home in Minneapolis; I love working with people and am inspired daily by those who are committed to doing the work it takes to live a life not free of hardships, but a life in which the hardships do not define one's life. 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. My belief is humans are ultimately seeking connections, of which then 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 learning and support. Some modalities that I use with clients are DBT, CBT, and Narrative Therapy techniques. I am person-centered, which means that I will honor your story and treat you with nothing less than absolute respect. I have worked with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families on issues ranging from addiction (both substance and activity), eating disorders, ranges of mental health disorders, relationship concerns and a myriad of other issues that are impeding the client from connecting to hope and happiness. I am strength-based and client-centered; I believe that ultimate courage is about being vulnerable and asking for help. I love music and believe that it has the power to transform lives and I can spend a whole day completely lost in a great book. Spending time with friends and family, and my dogs, is something that I love as much as I do spending a day with just myself. I am socially conscious and believe that difficult conversations are necessary for change. I also know that laughter, at times, really is the best medicine. I know that no one lives a life without hardships and pain and I sincerely look forward to working with you and empowering you to live your life in the best way possible!

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Kathryn Dunleavy

Offering therapy in MN
License: MA, LPCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
23 years of experience

My counseling approach is eclectic and leans into: Cognitive Re-framing, Positive Psychology, Trauma Informed Care, Mindfulness, Strengths Based, Solution Focused, and Motivational Interviewing. I have worked in every level of mental health care: inpatient, partial, outpatient, community care, crisis residential and co-occurring mental health and substance use recovery programs. I believe unconditional positive regard builds trust and can help us all live our best life with authenticity. Personal growth takes courage, the ability to surrender old beliefs that feed your shame and the grace to learn new things imperfectly. My mission is to spark the goldenness in others by fostering trust and connection to help people generate energy to heal and thrive. In my 30 years of working in mental health, I have learned that, at the root of most people’s pain is isolation. The COVID 19 pandemic has increased the intensity of isolation and fear. Online counseling platforms like BetterHelp are making counseling accessible with new and resilient ways to connect to one another and get help when you need it most. I am here because I want to help others. I look forward to working with you.

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Kathleen McNabb

Offering therapy in MN
License: LPC, MS, MBA, MS, MBA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

My name is Kathleen McNabb. I am a caring and competent licensed professional counselor who values the opportunity to provide mental health counseling services to individuals and families. I believe the client and therapist relationship is special and I focus on making the client comfortable in sharing their stories, successes and challenges as we build our relationship and develop a treatment plan. I meet the client where they are at and work together to determine what they want to achieve out of counseling. I have worked extensively with teens, college students and adults experiencing depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders. I have training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma Informed CBT. I am compassionate and have a genuine desire to help others. I have worked as a Stephen Minister, bringing faith-based components to the counseling relationship. I am a Christian and offer that as part of the counseling relationship, at the request of the client. I look forward to offering my services to those in need. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor #01825 and am available for online therapy with individuals anywhere in the state of Minnesota.

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James Engen

Offering therapy in MN
License: LMFT
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteem
11 years of experience

I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with over 14 years of experience. I approach therapy from a Narrative Neuro-experiential viewpoint. You are not the issue – issues are getting in the way of you attaining your goals and your full life potential. All of us reflect where we have come from and that reflection is not necessarily where we want to end up. As you are able to see in my profile, I am trained in many modalities and we as a team will determine jointly what methods are employed to meet your needs and goals. I also have a wide range of career experience - I have been a professional truck mechanic, a management assistant to the CFO of a large urban school district, a therapist to homeless individuals/families, and I have been in private practice helping individuals develop into who they want to be. My goal is to help you maximize your potential and capitalize on your strengths.

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Cady Horning

Offering therapy in MN
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

My passion is to help people. I have two bachelors degrees, one in Human Development and Family Science (North Dakota State University) and a Bachelor of Social Work degree (Minot State University). I received further therapeutic and clinical training completing a Master of Clinical Social Work degree from St. Thomas-St Kate’s Universities (St. Paul, MN). I have knowledge and experience with adults using various therapeutic approaches, including motivational interviewing, solutions-focused, CBT, expressive arts, trauma-informed, narrative, attachment-based, and the Interpersonal Process Model. I believe that continuing education and learning from every day experiences from those I work with are major factors in becoming a successful mental health professional. My past work experiences have included in-home caregiving for those with serious and persistent mental illness, psychiatric hospitalization levels of care, in-home and outpatient therapy, and day treatment. These opportunities have given me a wide range of experiences and skills to work with a variety of individuals seeking to better themselves and their mental health.

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Jessica Burkhamer

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesADHD
28 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with Neurocogntive Disorders such as, adhd, obsessive compulsive disorder, tics/tourette's, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Madilyne Harmston

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with over 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Renae Ludwig

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Iowa and Minnesota with 30 years of professional work experience. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Lora Kelley

Offering therapy in MN
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
15 years of experience

Lora Kelley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has over 15 years of experience working with a wide range of mental and behavioral health concerns. Lora completed her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is passionate about empowering women through life transitions, and supporting adults, and couples to address their unique challenges and live more fulfilled lives. Areas of expertise include family issues, parenting, divorce, blended families, relational concerns, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Lora's therapeutic approach is integrative, utilizing many modalities of therapy to provide the most effective and individualized therapy experience for each client. A few therapeutic approaches while incorporating an evidence-based practice are strengths-based, solution focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, systemic therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. We all go through difficulties in our life. During Lora’s off times, she enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling. In the evenings, she enjoys going on long walks with her husband and rescue dog Walter. I believe clients are a large part of their own healing process, and that clients determine their goals in the session. I look forward to working with you!

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Nathaniel Brutejcek

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Blaine

Finding the best therapist close by in Blaine 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 Blaine. 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 Blaine, 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 Blaine 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 Blaine 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 Blaine, elsewhere in Anoka, 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 Blaine area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Blaine 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 Blaine 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 Blaine 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 Blaine, 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 Blaine 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 Blaine 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 Blaine 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 Blaine 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 Blaine 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 55434 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 Blaine 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 Blaine 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 Blaine, 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.

Blaine 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Blaine:

55014, 55434, 55449

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