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I offer therapy to assist individuals with psychological difficulties associated with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual identity, transgender issues and trauma.

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Adults affected by family of origin difficulties, individuals transitioning to new identities and women’s issues are of particular interest to me. I believe every person is entitled to high quality behavioral health care and therefore I am committed to providing services to traditionally underserved people including Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community and individuals involved with the criminal justice system.

I have 30+ years of experience as a Clinical Social Worker. More recently, because of my commitment to assisting individuals experiencing acute and chronic traumas I have focused on increasing my knowledge and clinical skills to meet the needs of individuals working in law enforcement.

I believe acknowledging the ongoing stress and trauma associated with policing and aiding officers struggling with Acute Stress Reaction (ACR) and PTSD is essential. I am one of a very few professionals in Southeastern Minnesota working with peace officers. As part of my commitment, I became the Behavioral Health Consultant to the Rochester Police and Olmsted County Sheriff Departments’ Peer Support Team in 2018.

I believe empathy, safety, trust and validation are essential in therapeutic relationships. I meet those needs with my friendly, kind and understanding qualities; my honesty, sense of humor and directness strongly influence my approach to helping others. My office is comfortable and welcoming; a secure sanction, a place to discuss your concerns, hopes and dreams.

My years of clinical training and the knowledge I have gained from working with LGBTQ individuals and their families qualifies me to assist with LGBTQ issues: mental health concerns, sexual orientation and gender identity questions, self-acceptance, coming out, gender transition and letters of support for HRT, meeting WPATH criteria, and gender reassignment surgery.

"No one can persuade another to change.  Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.  We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal."

M. Ferguson