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Nicolette Ulstrom

Offering therapy in MN
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
8 years of experience

I obtained a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota in 2012 and have been licensed since 2016. My previous work experience has been in a family residential treatment center where families healed together by self growth and an increase in self awareness. I focus on a person’s strengths and building upon this to find new ways of living a life of joy and fulfillment. I have over eight years of experience working with substance use disorders, anxiety, women's issues, self-esteem and self worth. My goal is to offer a supportive environment so together we take steps at finding your true self. I believe one needs a safe environment to be able to look at the challenges they are experiencing. I value one's experiences in how it shaped the person they are today and who they want to become. Learning our stories, we allow ourselves to be able to find how we want our stories to look moving forward. I believe people have the courage to start to unweave their challenges to find themselves when they have encouragement and support. I want to support you in finding ways to connect with your true self. I take a side by side approach when finding ways to better support one's growth.

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Andrea Carin

Offering therapy in MN
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesADHD
18 years of experience

Hello there! I am glad you are here and welcome to BetterHelp. My name is Andrea Carin, and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Minnesota and have a wide range of experience with individual, family, and adolescent counseling. I became a therapist because I have always enjoyed working with people and felt the desire to be a helping influence that would make a positive difference in people’s lives. A supportive and trusting connection are the most important ingredients to the therapy relationship and I make them my priority. I believe in the power of seeing the positive possibilities in life, and am focused on identifying people’s strengths and seeing the greater potential in each individual. In my practice, I like to establish a “down to earth” approach along with instilling humor and warmth, which I feel allows for the most beneficial therapeutic connection. I have a strengths-based, solutions-focused, approach that allows me to work well with any age range and a variety of challenges. My background as a therapist is comprehensive and driven by my founding belief that we inherently have the power to create the lives we want with more happiness, ease, and clarity. As part of my practice, I believe in the transformative power of appreciation, meditation, deep breathing techniques, yoga, visualization, and other life-affirming activities, such as spending time with animals and being in nature. In my work with people, I have had extensive experience, both personally and professionally navigating ADHD, generalized anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions/changes. I’ve worked with clients for 19+ years to help them find whatever it is they are looking for in their life journeys and I consider it an honor to be a part of the process. Areas of Experience • Anxiety/stress • ADHD • Changing Negative Thought Patterns • Life transitions/Trauma • Self-esteem • Relationships • Teens/Youths • Parenting issues Years of Experience: 19+

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Valerie LaPorte

Offering therapy in MN
License: MSW, LICSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker/therapist licensed in Minnesota with over 10 years of clinical experience and 21 years of professional experience working with people facing a variety of personal barriers or struggles. I am also a MN Board of Social Work approved clinical and non-clinical, licensing supervisor. I have been blessed, working with clients ranging from young children to the elderly dealing with varying issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues to anger management, family issues, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, incarceration, and disability related concerns to name a few. I have a lengthy & robust career working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and facing a broad range of challenges. I have worked almost exclusively with individuals who have serious mental illness for the vast majority of my professional career. My counseling style is empathetic and goal-directed. I believe that approachability, focused listening and effective problem solving is the key to success in a therapeutic relationship and every client that I am blessed to serve will feel heard and empowered to achieve their goals. Being treated with dignity, respect and compassion are also the tenets that I abide by and will display that in every interaction and intervention. My approach combines a variety of theoretical perspectives designed to meet your needs, including solution-focused brief therapy, strengths therapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy to ensure that the highest level of outcomes are achieved as outlined by a unique treatment plan that will be tailored to your needs. I look forward to working with you!

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Ryan Plasch

Offering therapy in MN
License: MS,LPCC
Relationship issuesGriefParenting issuesAnger managementDepression
6 years of experience

Ryan works with adult individuals, couples, and parents. He has experience working with a wide range of people, diverse life issues, and mental health diagnoses. His clients find him easily approachable, warm, and non-judgmental. He takes a positive and practical approach, using humor and creative thinking outside the box. Ryan likes working with people wanting to evaluate and redefine their life roles and goals. He helps identify their “cognitive loops” and the sabotaging thoughts and feelings that keep them stuck in their lives and relationships. His work focuses on identifying the inner critic, fostering emotional intelligence, and realigning life with a person’s values, hopes, and goals. Ryan works with men and women, individually. And he has a passion for working with couples needing to reconnect after challenging life transitions: infertility, postpartum, grief and loss. He helps couples close the emotional and physical gap between them, heal attachment and communication wounds, explore and develop family goals and values, and increase sexual chemistry between one another. He brings personal experience with male infertility, miscarriage, and parenting.

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Kevin Knack

Offering therapy in MN
License: LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyDepression
4 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. My graduate school training was from Winona State University in Winona, MN. I worked in a private practice mental health agency there in Winona for three years, in addition to serving in a residential treatment facility assisting adults in recovery from mental health crises back to independent living. I am currently meeting with out-patient clients in a new counseling agency in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I have worked with people from all walks of life facing difficult and unexpected challenges, causing a variety of mental health issues. I work with a Person-Centered approach and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, along with Strength-Based modalities. I like to identify strengths in people and help them grow. The therapeutic relationship between client and counselor offers a strong foundation to assist clients in recovering balance in life and the freedom to move ahead on a more peaceful journey. I know life can be rough at times, but with help, it can also be better! Some may be desiring a Christian-based therapy, and that is also an option we can incorporate.

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Duane Winter

Offering therapy in MN
License: LPCC,LADC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Hello, I am Duane Winter. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Minnesota. I will treat you with respect, warmth, and empathy, and am a self-motivated professional who strives to help individuals reach their full potential, while understanding you are the expert in your own life. I like to use acceptance & commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, & mindfulness, while being client or person centered. By getting to know you, we can together, figure out which type of counseling is going to be most beneficial to you & find ways to utilize your strengths. I appreciate the differences in everyone and center my treatment around the specific needs of each person I work with. Additionally, the foundation of my work with a client is the strength of our therapeutic relationship. I put a lot of emphasis towards building trust and fostering a healthy and open line of communication. My goals during each session are to promote growth and to build upon the strengths that my clients already have, so individuals to create change and focus on all of the things they can control. Walking alongside clients in a supportive, encouraging way is my main objective. I believe it takes courage and strength to participate in counseling by being open and honest and leaves you feeling vulnerable. Everyone is fighting personal battles, but you do not need to do this alone and know, you are worth fighting for.

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Robert Wagner

Offering therapy in MN
License: LP,MA
AddictionsGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Hello! My name is Bob and I am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota. I have 30+ years’ experience providing services in Chemical and Mental health as well as disability services. My early years were serving individuals with the co-occurring disorders of chemical and mental health. They are still my “people”. The past 20 years I have been serving individuals with intellectual disabilities as a supervisor and manager. I believe everyone wants to feel good about themselves and can solve their problems. Sometimes, solving our problems involves others. That's part of being independent and resourceful, knowing when we need others. I like people and will be curious about you as well as your issues. I’ll believe in you! You’ll feel that caring and curious spirit. If you work with me, this is what I’m most confident about: • You’ll like and accept yourself, with all your beauty, current struggles and flaws. • You’ll learn to manage your feelings so they don’t manage you. Doing so will help you be successful. • You’ll rediscover your purpose and become more hopeful. • You’ll discover gifts and strengths that you didn’t know you had. But, you’ll also have realistic expectations of yourself as well as life itself. Being human is beautiful and hard, even sometimes terrible but oh so worthwhile and wonderful. On December 26, 2004 I was body surfing off the Puerto Vallarta. It was the day of the tsunami which devastated Indonesia. A large wave beyond my skill level broke my neck and damaged my spinal cord. That savage gift and personal walk with disability has enhanced all of my skills and knowledge. So, I’m also personally and professionally well-versed in loss, life transitions and transformation. Mental and chemical health have been part of my personal journey. My approach to therapy is person centered: you're the expert on your life and will determine the direction and depth of therapy. There is no substitute for your wisdom, intuition and the steps you’ve already taken to solve your problems. We will work together but like physical therapy most of the work will be accomplished outside of our sessions. I lead with empathy and warmth but once you know and trust me, I won’t shirk from compassionate, respectful honesty. Compassion without honesty is enabling. We will work together in a positive manner. I'll be honest with you I don't think we're a good fit. I primarily use evidence-based techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and relapse prevention approaches. I tend to take a solution focused approach but some individuals may need significant time to process and heal from childhood pain, trauma or previous relationships. Dialectical behavior therapy can help you develop skills such as emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness. CBT can help you see the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavior. Motivational interviewing will help you increase your motivation and focus on your progress. Relapse prevention takes a positive approach to learning from your current and past journey to chemical health. As referenced in the opening paragraph, I have worked with individuals who have a wide range of concerns including addictions, depression, anxiety, disability, grief and loss as well as trauma. Most of us are ambiguous about change and it takes courage to seek healing and wellness. If you are ready to take further steps, I’m here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you, Bob (Robert) Wagner LP PS: Outside of work, I’m passionate about my family, both the biological as well as the family I’ve chosen. I love to read, be involved in my community and sports.

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Diane Neal

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

I am licensed in Minnesota with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Dr. Dan Moen

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

I am a licensed therapist in the state of Minnesota. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, coping with addictions, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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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 Long Lake

Finding the best therapist close by in Long Lake 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 Long Lake. 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 Long Lake, 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake, elsewhere in Hennepin, 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 Long Lake area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake, 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 55356 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake 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 Long Lake, 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.

Long Lake 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.

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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.

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