On the banks of the Mississippi River, West Saint Paul, Minnesota was founded in 1889 and is a great place to raise a family. With great schools and plenty of parks, you can be sure that your family will be happy here. West Saint Paul also boasts some of the top mental health care in the state. 

Raising a family is difficult sometimes and especially if you are struggling with a mental health disorder. Whether it is anxiety, depression, or some other condition, getting treatment right away will help. Talk to one of the West Saint Paul therapists today to set an appointment.

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Priscilla Wilson

Offering therapy in MN
License: LPCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

My passion is to see my Client's develop insight into their situation in which they can create a positive change and bring a healthy balance back into their life. Helping clients develop personal insight, regaining trust in self and others, as well as developing & deciphering verbal/non- verbal communication. Are you facing a devastating/overwhelming life event? Struggling with work in a service field? A new diagnosis? Feelings of sadness or anger making life feel to difficult, or even hopeless? Together we can navigate through those feeling to get to a place of movement and competency. From my schooling and training at Bethel College & Seminary and Adler Graduate School to my travels and exchange students. Working with both in country and international Clients is a passion for me. I believe I bring understanding of different family dynamics, and understanding of cultural difference to my sessions as well as both a faith based point of view, and secular view to therapy. I specialize in Trauma/PTSD & Anxiety, Men's issues, Marriage counseling, Biblical counseling, Transitions for ExPats, as well as other Mental Health issues . I have a good understanding of International Cultures. My aim is to help client's meet their desired outcome by treating mind, body, and soul using a variety of theories and techniques that fit the individual, and help them acquire wholeness.

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Kristen Paradise

Offering therapy in MN
License: MS,LPC
LGBTTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Hi! My name is Kristen Paradise. I am a licensed provider from Minneapolis, whose approach to treatment is tailored to the client, as each person is unique in their own right, and each person may have a different need in the context of their process of therapy. As all individuals are different, and all people experience this life differently than the next. We cannot assume to know what another person feels, but what we can do, is listen to one another, and be there to give support, care and compassion when it is needed the most. None of us have all the answers in this life, yet, sometimes all we need, is to be heard, to feel understood, and to not feel alone. I specialize my work with: psychedelic informed/integration, grief and loss, LGBTQ+, anxiety, depression, sex work, veterans, first responders, and trauma. Outside of Betterhelp, I own and operate a psychedelic assisted psychotherapy practice, in MN. If you are curious about this work, we can also discuss if it may be helpful to your healing. "What we do not need in the midst of struggle, is shame for being human." - Breanne Brown. This quote has always struck me as one that holds so true to the human experience. When we are shamed for simply who we are, how can we ever learn to be authentically ourselves?My goal as a provider, is to ensure my patients are seen and heard, and to do my best to help them not feel alone in this world.

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Meleah Miller

Offering therapy in MN
License: MA,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

Welcome! Your courage brought you here, and you are looking to build your resiliency muscles! I’m here to meet you where you are, and I am thankful that we can navigate this pandemic together. You have been noticing that things just aren’t going as smoothly as they used to,and that NOW is as good a time, nay better, than any, to invest in taking better care of yourself. We can do that together, and I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you. I find that learning and having new experiences like meeting new people like you is energizing! I’m with you in this. I see you. We are learning new things everyday and facing new challenges. I can tell you a little about me to get started. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist because it’s good to look at the whole picture of how we are impacted by our family. I have been married for over a decade, have children, a pandemic puppy and 2 reptiles. I find that taking good care of myself fuels me for being able to support others. I do that with exercise, spiritual self care, creativity and quality relationships. The place I like to start is getting to know you, getting to know what brought you here, and where it is that you would like to end up for having invested your valuable time, emotions and energy in this process. We will talk about what you are looking for as well as whether or not you would like to incorporate art therapy or play therapy in our work together. I've also studied art therapy, which supports my value of creativity. I may invite you to have a sketchbook or printer paper on hand along with something to draw with if you chose to engage in expressive therapy work. Don’t be afraid of the quality of your art-making either! Especially if you are a Creative, working together could be a really good fit. Did you know that current research in neuroscience has shown that the pathways in your brain grow as you share your stories in the presence of an empathic therapist? Your left and right modes of processing can integrate. That means better emotional health for you! That is so inspiring! Key Areas of Experience: Anxiety Depression Guilt and Shame Grief and Loss Positive Parenting Relationships Trauma Adlerian Counseling Art Therapy Behavioral Activation Christian Counseling Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy

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Elizabeth Matoushek

Offering therapy in MN
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

When our emotions control too much of our lives we can feel powerless and desperate, and it can be difficult to achieve our ideal life or even improve our situation. I aim to give a safe and welcoming space for individuals to grow awareness and skills to better manage emotions, take back control of their lives, and reach their goals. I work with clients who have various concerns such as feeling overwhelmed by stress, depression, anxiety, or more challenging issues they wish to address. I enjoy working with clients with a variety of issues. Also, as a former police officer, I have an understanding of what first responders experience in their day-to-day lives both on the job and personally, enhancing my support of Fire, EMS, Police, Dispatchers, and the Military. I also work with clients having acute or chronic thoughts of suicide and self-harm behavior, creating workable safety plans. I understand clients' struggles against internal and external challenges can lead to clients losing belief in their ability to cope or make positive changes in their lives. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. I completed my education with a Master's in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Through compassion, connection, and practical skills training from ACT, CBT, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy, and DBT I work with clients to create lives that fulfill their values.

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Ali Shireh

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

My name is Ali Shireh, LICSW. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the North star State (Minnesota). I have worked in the mental health field for over 15 years, and I have primarily worked with clients dealing with various concerns including anxiety and depression, self-esteem/self-worth, relationship issues and career challenges. I have also worked with clients that are dealing with trauma. My style is direct and caring and meet the person where they are at and expert of their experience. Your ideations, thoughts and beliefs you currently have will be used and/or challenged in an environment that allows you to safely, freely and openly express them. I uphold an environment of mutual respect and go at your own pace. My approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy which will be tailored to your needs.

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Stacey Rhodes

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

Greetings. I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Minnesota, with 10+ years of clinical experience. While I began my graduate studies at the University of Maryland, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Social Work in 2014. Establishing a connected, working relationship is my first priority in therapy. I feel strongly that the therapeutic relationship is the vehicle of the process of therapy, and appreciate using a narrative approach to help reach therapy goals. My primary areas of focus are anxiety, and post traumatic responses. I have worked with veterans that have experienced combat and/or sexual trauma while in service. In addition to providing individual therapy to veterans, I have experience providing therapy to men and women that have experienced sexual trauma, as well as working with men that have committed sexual offenses. Whether or not I seem to be a good fit for your journey, I wish you well.

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Kathryn ("Katie") Pratt

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with a wide variety of issues; to name a few include: stress and anxiety, coping with addictions and recovery, relationship issues, & life transitions. 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! 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. I emphasize building rapport with clients and developing a relationship that is supportive and conducive to the healing process. My specialties include motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy. I also incorporate mindfulness as well as narrative therapy. I believe that a client focused and strength based approach combined with hope, honesty, and humor can be helpful in creating positive change.

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Suzanne Landsverk

Offering therapy in MN
Coping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in North Dakota with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with life changes. I believe everyone has a story and I am interested in learning yours. During our visits we will discuss what you want to talk about. 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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Brittany Livingston

Offering therapy in MN
License: LPC,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
17 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Clinical Supervisor in the State of Arkansas, Minnestota, and Nebraska. I have been in practice for the past 17 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and i have treated a wide variety of clients with various mental health issues. I enjoy working with clients in a holistic way to help them regain hope, identify strengths, and develop a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Some of the areas of focus that I treat are stress and anxiety, relationship issues, depression, self-esteem and lack of motivation issues, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, hoarding behaviors, poor coping skills, and promoting a healthier relationship with food/exercise/ and body image. While i use a holistic approach to treatment and take into consideration the context and other factors that are going on within the life of the individual, there are a variety of treatment modalities that I apply in my sessions. Some of the treatment methodologies that I use are cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness skills, solution-focused therapy, person-centered therapy, and Gestalt therapy. Beginning therapy can be a big step, and I am here to help you get started! I look forward to working with you and helping you to build the tools that you need to build and healthier and more productive life!

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Hope Scoles

Offering therapy in MN
GriefIntimacy-related issuesDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients cope with and then thrive within a broad range of mental health issues. My approach is strength based. I help those coping with grief and loss, as we navigate together the spiritual questions that so often arise. I help clients build the skills they need to find resilience in the midst of life’s changes. I also work with individuals dealing with the general stresses of life, anything from lingering dissatisfaction and restless discontent to those coping with anxiety and 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in West Saint Paul

Finding the best therapist close by in West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul. 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 West Saint Paul, 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul, elsewhere in Dakota, 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 West Saint Paul area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul, 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 55118 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul 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 West Saint Paul, 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.

West Saint Paul 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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