North Branch got its name from the north branch of the Sunrise River. When the sun rises on another day of emotional turmoil, you feel too worn down to deal with even the smallest challenges. Your thoughts are stuck on past hurts and disagreements. Your emotions are upsetting and uncontrollable.

You begin to wonder if there really is any good in the world. Your mental health goes from bad to worse as you scramble to find a way out of your emotional distress. Talk to a counselor in the North Branch area to see the sunrise of better mental health.

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Linda Solyntjes

Offering therapy in MN
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
40 years of experience

I am an experienced Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker committed to personalize your therapeutic process by implementing person centered, goal directed guidance. For over 30 years I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds and challenges. I am committed to the concept of equality and opportunity for persons of all racial identity, sexual/gender identity and abilities. I am skilled at working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety/ depression, self-esteem issues, women’s issues, domestic violence and/or coping with change. I use motivational interviewing and solution based therapy to help clients to set and achieve their goals. I am excited about the possibility of getting to know new clients and work to help you to increase the quality of your life.

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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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Rebecca Andersen

Offering therapy in MN
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
19 years of experience

Congratulations! Seeking help can feel daunting, but it also can bring about some wonderful results. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota. Over the last 17+ years, I have worked with individuals, families in their homes and couples. Their issues have included challenges such depression, anxiety, grief, family conflict and work concerns. My primary focus is to provide you with a warm and accepting environment in which to look at the issues that are causing you distress. Through the use of cognitive, narrative and dialectical tools, we will look at the source of your concerns and ways to move through these difficulties. I believe in a highly collaborative approach, so you will be part of the process throughout. The end goal is that you will have more opportunities for greater joy and fulfillment in your life. I look forward to working with you!

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Annette Warner

Offering therapy in MN
License: BA,Social Work
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
19 years of experience

I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with children and families. I have also worked with adults with severe and persistent mental health conditions and dual diagnosis. My passion is trauma and I have extensive training in this area while working with students and in my role as a foster parent for the past 7 years. I have also worked with a wide range of other concerns including depression, parenting problems, relationship issues, grief, anxiety, OCD and ADHD. My approach is respectfully warm and caring and I strive to provide space - emotionally and physically, for my clients to feel safe and open to share concerns and start the healing process. My approach is trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy combined with family centered and solution focused modalities. It took courage for you to get this far - give yourself a pat on the back, I am looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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Dr. Scott Schauss

Offering therapy in MN
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepressionADHD
33 years of experience

I am a licensed psychologist in Minnesota and Iowa with a special interest in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and adjustment to life changes. My doctoral training is in clinical psychology with a specialization in behavioral medicine. I take a collaborative approach to therapy with a goal of empowering individuals with self-knowledge and skills to help them develop to their full potential and live rich and meaningful lives. Over my 30+ years of clinical experience, I have worked in medical settings, primary care settings, and also ran a private practice.

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Mitchell Daas

Offering therapy in MN
License: MA,LPCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionADHD
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minnesota with over 5 years of experience working as a Dialectical Behavior Therapist and Outpatient Therapist. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting problems, personal disorders, career, OCD, and ADHD. My therapy style is balancing acceptance and change in any moment and working towards building a life you want. I believe in treating anyone with a compassionate, nonjudgmental stance and encourage change when needed. My approach combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness and Trauma-Focused therapy. I will work with you to move you towards your own life worth living goals. It takes courage to reach out for help and am here to support and empower you towards your own life worth living goals. I look forward to working with you!

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Shannon Acuna

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

I am a clinical therapist, LICSW with additional training in trauma, somatic work, functional medicine and nutrition. I am passionate about helping people to live the best version of themselves and work through a whole person lens. My style is strengths based, non-judgmental and meeting people where they are at in their journey, My hope is to create a safe and welcoming space for you, by listening, collaborating and building upon your unique beliefs and identity. I encourage feedback and modify to meet your individual needs. I believe the therapeutic process provides an opportunity for continued wellness helping you identify and build upon your strengths. Through exploring and recognizing the impact of past and present, I help individuals gain insights, identify needs and goals, and recognize that healing is possible. I believe incorporating self-care and gratitude into one's life results in increased experiences of joy and happiness and the ability to navigate life’s challenges more effectively. In my personal life, I love spending time with family and friends(and my cat, Luna) being in nature, hiking, playing volleyball and traveling.

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Heather Karson

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota with over 10 years of professional work experience in social work. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, chronic health concerns, career difficulties, and depression. I believe in creating a therapy space that is safe, and non-judgmental while establishing trust. I understand taking the first step to begin therapy can be hard, frightening and/or uncomfortable. My goal is to help my clients feel heard and reduce any extra stresses they have in their lives.

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Mary Wyne

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
12 years of experience

Hi there, I'm Mary Beth! I am a licensed clinical social worker with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping children, teens, families and adults with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I also have experience working with all ages to increase motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe therapy is a supportive tool that can help you feel better and support you to live the life you want to live! And, I work with all of my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. In my spare time I like to ride my bike, ski, cook for my family and read books. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I can't wait to work with you on your healing journey!

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Leah Pavela-Mullins

Offering therapy in MN
License: LCSW,C-ET
Relationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience in helping people find solutions to their problems. Over the years, I have been told by clients that they really feel that I am listening to them and trying to understand what is going on in their lives and how they feel. Clients have also told me that they do not feel any sense of judgment, but rather that I accept them for who they are and where they are in their life’s journey. My style is empathetic and solution focused. I will spend time asking you questions in order to get to know you and try to find out what is at the heart of your issue. Together, we will talk about possible avenues you may want to take, or changes you may want to consider. I may give you some “homework” assignments…things to write out or think about, worksheets to complete, or even techniques/exercises to practice in your own time so that some of what we discuss in our sessions is reinforced. Most of all, I will be an objective listener, helping you to gain insight into what is going on with you, so that you are able to make the choices and changes you want to, in your own time. I look forward to working with you!

How to find counseling in North Branch

Finding the best therapist close by in North Branch 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 North Branch. 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 North Branch, 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 North Branch 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 North Branch 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 North Branch, elsewhere in Chisago, 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 North Branch area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed North Branch 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 North Branch 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 North Branch 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 North Branch, 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 North Branch 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 North Branch 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 North Branch 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 North Branch 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 North Branch 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 55056 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 North Branch 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 North Branch 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 North Branch, 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.

North Branch 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 North Branch:

55032, 55056

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