The world feels like a very cold place when depression starts to set in. Depression issues are very common but they are serious and will negatively impact your life if you don't take care of things. Depressing thoughts and negative emotions can make it difficult to get through your day and you may even wind up falling behind in certain areas of life. If your mental health problems have started to harm your life, then it is time to reach out to professionals for help.

You can count on Mendota Heights-area counselors to get you through the tough times. Feeling depressed all the time is not going to be easy but you can break out of this pattern. Talking to a dedicated professional counselor will help you to heal over time. They will always be there to listen and advise you, making them a valuable part of your healing process. Lean on your counselor when you don't feel like you are strong enough and you will get to the point where you can feel the warmth that life has to offer again.

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Ashley Becker

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPCC,CRC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, My name is Ashley and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minnesota. In addition, I also hold my Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling and am a Minnesota approved supervisor. I have over 10 years of experience working with clients and patients diagnosed with mental health disorders in the capacity of an inpatient mental health setting at a hospital and on an outpatient basis at a community mental health center. I also have 8 years of experience establishing, facilitating and maintaining group therapy sessions. I have a wide range of experience with SPMI and SMI diagnoses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disoder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, etc. My clinical approach is person-centered therapy. I thoroughly enjoy being on the journey with the client rather than being the driver. None of us have all the answers in life and being able to have someone to bounce ideas off of and gain new perspectives can be beneficial. I enjoy working with clients and helping them identify their own goals in their life and exploring how we can overcome possible barriers together. I also believe it is important to have fun and laugh so sharing jokes or taking time to share a funny experience can also be part of the therapy session. I am truly fortunate to have a career in which I am involved with people allowing themselves to be vulnerable and growing more than they could have ever imagined! I also utilize motivational interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), illness management and recovery, trauma informed care, IDDT/trans-theoretical model and multi-cultural counseling. Overcoming stigma and stereotypes related to mental illness is also a passion of mine. It takes great courage and vulnerability to make changes within ourselves and I look forward to working with those who are ready for that journey!

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Jamie Vander Velden

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,MN LICSW #26706,EMDRIA Certified
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I’m a Mental Health Therapist committed to helping people of all ages learn how to understand themselves and others. My work focuses on targeting ineffective behaviors, habits, and beliefs around your life experiences. I believe in taking a person-centered approach to helping clients reach their goals. I need self-care as well and therefore do not work on Saturday or Sunday.

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Marie Grace

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesDepression
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. My pronouns are she/her. I am trained in somatic psychotherapy, and I believe that people are not good or bad even when they have some troubling or even harmful behavior. I believe that there is no wrong way to be a person in the world and view all behaviors and choices as a reflection and collection of what has built up inside of or is part of the person making the choice. As a therapist this is reflected in my ability to establish relationships with my clients from a place of curiosity and non-judgment. My therapeutic foundation rests largely on existentialism and feminist theory. The existential foundation includes the belief that we are responsible for ourselves in the world and that we are happier when we are able to find and create meaning in our lives. The feminist theory that is a part of my work means is that when I am working with a client, that we explore the power dynamics in relationships not only from how it feels but also in the context of a larger socio-cultural lens and social location such as context and awareness of privilege. My approach to therapy stems from an underlying belief that all people are worthy and that throughout our lives we internalize reactions from others in the world that make us question our value. Because of that, people often start to think that there is something "wrong" with the way that they think and feel. My approach includes the belief that all feelings and thoughts have a purpose and are not "wrong." This includes anxiety and depression. I am a great fit for individuals hoping to find out what the thoughts and feelings inside are trying to say. Healing starts with accepting who we are, not convincing ourselves that there is something wrong with who we are. I view therapy as a collaboration between therapist and client and expect my clients to bring their own questions to the work we do together. I am typically not a great fit, for someone expecting to be told what to do. I will not do that.

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Jacqueline Walz

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Counselor License Type(s): LICSW
Stress, AnxietyDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello and welcome! My name is Jackie Walz and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Minnesota. I have been working in the field for over 10 years. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from The University of North Dakota in 2006 as well as my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work in 2009 & 2010, respectively. My style is warm, casual, inviting, and patient. Person-centeredness has been at the center of my education and career. Therefore, I start with where you are at and focus on what's important to you. Much of my experience has been 1:1 with adults. I have a lot of experience working with the geriatric population as well as those that suffer from depression and anxiety. I come from a non-judgmental and empathetic place. If you are familiar with enneagrams, I am an enneagram type 2, meaning I'm empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. I have always taken on the role of a helper and enjoy walking and navigating through tough times with individuals. I also have been in a leadership position for much of my career, so I have a lot of experience in coaching and guiding within employee development. Reaching out can be very vulnerable. You are courageous for taking this first step and I look forward to working with you and helping you meet your goals!

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James Engen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteem
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

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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Michael Anderson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

So, I’ve been around the block. Twenty-five years in blue collar/ heavy industry working as a millwright. Going through the process of understanding myself around issues around of depression, anxiety, addiction, failed relationships, dissatisfaction with my place in life. Frustration with not living up to my potential, often not realizing my potential, and too often on the path of desperation. The journey has taken me to my current situation. I am a Masters level Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a life time of experience in that process of becoming. Learning the tools of understanding and building a stronger foundation of personal growth! I am also a professional singer & photographer, part of my emerging creative potential. I believe we all have a gift. As Picasso stated: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away”. My passion is guiding others toward that same journey of continued self-discover: working through the impasses, the resistance to personal growth. I have many tools in my toolbox: • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) With a focus on mindfulness • Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) Working through programmed patterns of thoughts, feelings, beliefs & behaviors that develop into a recurring cycle. • Anger Management • Trauma-informed Therapy Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” • Somatic-focused Therapy. Specialties Mindfulness • Spirituality • Stress, Anxiety • Self esteem • Depression • Coping with life changes • Sports & Performance If this is a direction you want to go then I believe we can go on that journey together.

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Evita Sanchez

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a bilingual Latina therapist licensed in Minnesota with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Tracy Kressin

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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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Kenneth "Kenny" Turck

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
14 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Minnesota with 14 years of professional work experience as a psychotherapist and have worked in the mental health field for many years. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. 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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Jessica Szmanda

Clinical therapist offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Minnesota with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & 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.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Mendota Heights

Finding the best therapist close by in Mendota Heights 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 in Mendota Heights that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Mendota Heights. 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 Mendota Heights, 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 in the Mendota Heights region and in the state of Minnesota. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Mendota Heights or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Mendota Heights area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Mendota Heights 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 Mendota Heights, elsewhere in Dakota, or in the greater state of Minnesota.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Mendota Heights 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 Mendota Heights 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 Mendota Heights 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

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

Therapists in Mendota Heights, 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 Mendota Heights psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Mendota Heights 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 Mendota Heights helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Mendota Heights 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Mendota Heights 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 in Mendota Heights?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Mendota Heights 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.

Mendota Heights therapists 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 Mendota Heights 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 Mendota Heights 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in MN, therapists 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 55150 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

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

Before seeing your Mendota Heights 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Mendota Heights.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Mendota Heights 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 with a Mendota Heights counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Mendota Heights, 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.

Mendota Heights 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 during telehealth appointments?

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 to customer service 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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55118, 55120, 55150

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