White Bear Lake is the focus of the City of White Bear Lake and many people in town spend their free time fishing, boating, swimming, hunting, hiking, and camping at the lake. These sports are also good for your mental health. There are many licensed therapists in White Bear Lake you can talk to about this. 

Any kind of physical exercise will increase those “feel good” chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Spending the day hiking and swimming with your family or friends can be like therapy. If you think you may need therapy, talk to one of the White Bear Lake Therapists today.

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Joseph Frey

Offering therapy in MN
License: MA,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hi, my name is Jody (Joseph) Frey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in CO and MN. Thanks for reaching out and for wanting to learn more about me. I have been serving people for over 25 years in a variety of settings: military, business, and therapy. For the last eight years, I have been focusing on helping people resolve their trauma. I am EMDR trained as well as being a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) to better serve those struggling with deep hurts or wounds from the past. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in Human Factor’s Engineering and a Master’s Degree from Argosy University in Marriage and Family Therapy. I fully believe that no single approach works for all people in all situations so we will work to understand and define your unique challenges. From there, we work together to develop your goals and find the best plan to reach those goals. Sometimes, we might need to resolve past traumas, lessen your anxiety, or improve depressive symptoms. If this is the case, I work from a unique and very interactive approach to help you find peace and move forward. We will work on understanding the mind-body connection and how it impacts you. I also enjoy helping people advance their lives utilizing a coaching approach. My therapy style has been developed from six years active duty as an Army Officer, 10 years in corporate leadership, 15 years running my own successful business, and seven years as a therapist helping others. My clients often enjoy my challenging and focused style and find comfort as we draw out their inner dialogue which is negatively impacting their current emotional state. Outside of therapy, I love techie stuff and enjoy sports, working out, and playing video games.

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Carol Polzin

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
10 years of experience

I have experience providing therapy services to children and their families in community mental health setting, and, most recently, I was a residential owner and therapist at ASA House. Then went to Eunoia, however they closed. So I now have my own therapy practice in my home. I have worked with older children, adolescents, and adults primarily who struggle with mental illness, developmental disorders, chemical dependency, behavioral problems, trauma, self -harm, fetal alcohol , and attachment issues. I have lived in various areas of Minnesota throughout my life, and currently reside in Gaylord, MN, with my husband and three children. I enjoy traveling, and all the experiences that go along with it. I have had the pleasure of providing mental health and other related services to individuals and families in various settings for the past 12 years, and find my truest passion lies in providing direct counseling services to those in need.

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Shlomo Schloss

Offering therapy in MN
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
10 years of experience

I am a Clinical social worker licensed in Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, and New Jersey with over 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Karyn Smith

Offering therapy in MN
License: PSY.D.,LPCC,LP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
25 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LP) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensed in Minnesota with over 25 years of experience working as a Psychologist, Therapist, Counselor and/or Life Coach. I have worked with patients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have helped many people who have endured neglect, physical and/or sexual trauma and emotional abuse. My therapeutic style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, psychodynamic, solution-focused and rational-emotive counseling. I individualize our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique, specific needs. It takes courage to move toward a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. When you are ready, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Susan Brennan

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

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20 years of experience working as a clinical psychotherapist. I am a Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family State Approved Supervisor and Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health State Approved Supervisor and currently contracted with MN Adult and Teen Challenge. I have worked with clients experiencing Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Addictions and Codependency and Marriage Challenges, and I specialize in Christian-based counseling. My approach is nonjudgmental and affirming. I believe we all experience difficult seasons in life, and sometimes the most courageous decision is to reach out for help. Healing begins as people feel respected and sincerely heard and understood. New perspectives often emerge as problems are discussed in a safe and confidential relationship. I utilize a narrative approach combined with cognitive-behavioral strategies and tools to help further people toward desired goals. Small steps lead to big strides. I have always appreciated this quote by Mary Ann Radmacher: Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I 'll try again tomorrow."

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Crystal De Kam

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietySleeping disordersCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesADHD
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, & depression. 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. 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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Michele Larson

Offering therapy in MN
LGBTTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemADHD
5 years of experience

If you’re feeling stuck, unfulfilled, disconnected, or emotionally unavailable I would be honored to hold a safe space for you to explore who you are and why you are looking for some extra support. I will do so with empathy, validation, and without judgment. As a licensed independent clinical social worker with 5 years of professional experience in the field I approach therapeutic work creatively, with humor, and the desire to guide you towards feeling empowered to reach your goals. After working in the medical field for 10 years, I found a love for listening to the stories of those I provided medical care for. I decided to shift my abilities as a helping professional from the medical model to a dedicated focus on the integration of mind, body, and soul through psychotherapy. I believe as human beings our overall well being is best supported when we are mindful of the beautiful and messy ways we are connected to all parts of ourselves and who and what we feel connected to. My passions in this work include healing trauma and abuse, personality disorders, anger management, attachment wounds, neurodiversity, overcoming shame, intimacy related concerns, sexuality, lgbtq+ related concerns, and harm caused by social injustice and oppression. I am also kink and polyamory aware and practice with a Health at Every Size lens. In my free time I enjoy bicycling, yoga, reading memoirs, hiking with my pup, fashion, documentaries, and connecting with friends and family. It takes courage to reach out for support and I am so happy you are here. Get in touch with me and let’s get started!

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Jenny Malley

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 10+ years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & 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.

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Alexis Owings

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with concentration, memory and focus (adhd). 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.

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Jessica Szmanda

Offering therapy in MN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

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 counseling in White Bear Lake

Finding the best therapist close by in White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear Lake, elsewhere in Ramsey, 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 White Bear Lake area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 55110 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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 White Bear 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.

White Bear 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.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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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.

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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