EVOLVE THERAPISTS

OUR COUNSELING TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

 

MA, LMFT

RENEE SEGAL

Owner of Evolve Therapy

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor

MA, LMFT

CAROL SCHIRBER

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist

MA, LMFT, AT

CONNIE COHEN

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist

MA, LPCC

IRA ZIERDT

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

MA, LMFT

MORAYA DEGEARE

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Online Only

MA, LMFT

CARISSA KAUFMAN

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

MA

CAROLYN OUELLETTE

Mental Health Counselor

INTERN

LUKAS URBACH

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

 Renee Segal MA, LMFT   

Owner of Evolve Therapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor

I consider it an honor and privilege to do the work I do. My role is to empower you, inspire hope, and restore love and respect in your relationship and for yourself. 

 

I understand that for many clients, this is a big step. It requires vulnerability, honesty, trust, and a willingness to be open to something that may be out of your comfort zone. It takes courage to ask for help especially when you are hurting. And this is the first step in evolving to a more positive place for you and for your relationship. 

I have clinical interests in attachment science, bonding, the mind-body connection and the developmental aspects of trauma as they relate to healing and the therapeutic process.

 

In our work together, I will get to know a lot about you. It’s only fair that you learn about me before we start our work together. 

 

I have been married for 33 years and have two adult children. I know personally both the joys and the challenges that married life can bring. I have been a yoga teacher since 2006, and I practice yoga and meditate daily to keep me grounded and fully present throughout the day. I am a runner and have completed two marathons and several half marathons and I love biking, swimming, lifting weights and doing high intensity workouts. When I am not working or working out, I am usually found outside, I love coffee and dark chocolate. I also love to read and watch movies, I often reference movies and books during my sessions, although it is never a requirement for therapy.

 

My greatest joy is helping couples heal and restore the love, respect and connection between them. I am often told by my clients that I help them feel more bonded to one another and more at ease with themselves throughout the therapy process. My clients also tell me that I am warm, direct and clear. I am not a therapist that “just sits there”, I am active during the sessions.

CLINICAL

EXPERIENCE

Marriage & relationship counseling

Relationship issues

Sexual problems

Sexual abuse and sexual assault

Co-dependency

Grief and loss

Sexual addiction and sexual compulsivity

Infidelity and affair recovery

Anger

Internet addiction and cyber-sex

Trauma and PTSD

Spirituality

Anxiety, fears, depression

Forgiveness

Self-esteem issues

Midlife crisis and empty nest issues

Underachievement

Premarital counseling

Identity issues (LGBTQ) and questioning

Women’s issues

Education and Experience


I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. I worked as an accountant and then as a securities broker and was always more interested in people problems rather than dealing with numbers. I returned to school and earned my master’s degree in clinical counseling in marriage and family therapy at the Adler Graduate School and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.




Specialized Training


I am Certified and a Certified Supervisor in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. To learn more about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), click here. We can add the link to the EFT video on that page. I am fully trained in an extensively researched and effective method of trauma treatment called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and am trained in Prepare-Enrich, a widely-used premarital couples instrument. I have received specialized training in therapy for childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and other sexual problems.




Professional Memberships


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy AAMFT Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy MAMFT EMDR International Association EMDRIA International Centre for Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy ICEEFT




Renee's Published Articles, Presentations & Keynotes


Couple Therapy in Dangerous Times: When Trauma Blocks Intimacy (2018) Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Conference
A Relational Approach to Addiction Recovery (2018) 18th Annual Conference on Mental Health Sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community Mental Health Issues & Intimate Relationships: Understanding the complexities. (2015) 15th Annual Conference on Mental Health Sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community Private Practice Boot Camp (2014), St Mary's University How to succeed in Private Practice. (2013) Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Conference Women in Erotic Literature (2012) Hadassah, Minneapolis Chapter A Trainee’s Guide to Exploring Self-of-Therapist in Clinical Supervision (2012), MN Psychology Association A Primer on Couples Counseling (2011). Minnesota Counseling Association Adlerian Countertransference: Oxymoron or Mission-Critical Data? (2011). North American Society for Adlerian Psychology, Victoria, BC, Canada Is it Sexual Deviance or Sexual Addiction? The Ambiguity of Sexual Behaviors on the Internet. (2011) Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fall conference Courage to Thrive in MFT Supervision: Dealing with Countertransference (2010). Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Conference. Parent Talk / Partner Talk: Is Your Communication Pattern Affecting Your Teen? (2010). Not Our Kids Conference of Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Minneapolis, MN.





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 Connie Cohen MA, LMFT, AT   

CLINICAL

EXPERIENCE

Couples therapy

Marriage counseling

Infidelity and affair recovery 

Anxiety

Depression

Body issues

Grief and loss

Art Therapy

Teen issues

Low self-esteem

Co-dependence

Spirituality

Mindfulness

Identity development

Education


I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and studio arts from the University of Minnesota. Having worked for several years in advertising, I followed my curiosity and pursued a master’s degree in architecture from SCI-Arc, in Santa Monica, CA. Following my passion led to community and public art, fueled by a desire to help others through the healing powers of self-expression. With healing as the driving force, I returned to school to get a Masters in Psychotherapy from the Adler Graduate School. My focus was art therapy, which expanded to my love of working with couples. I am now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, pursuing certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.




Training


I have completed an externship and core training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and am trained in Prepare-Enrich. Both of these models are widely used in working with people in relationships. I also have specialized training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, The Evolution of Consciousness, and Self-Realization Practices.




Professional Memberships


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy AAMFT Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy MAMFT





Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist

My greatest joy is to help people find their inner voice and personal power. 

 

My journey to becoming a therapist has been a rather circuitous one. I earned my bachelor’s degree in business and studio arts and a master’s degree in architecture, which led me to a career in graphic design. From there, I ventured into mosaic art, teaching and creating custom installations for more than a decade. I furthered my education and received a Master of Psychotherapy, which combines my love of self-expression with a quest for deeper insight.

 

My source of inspiration has been raising my two boys who are now young adults. They have taught me how to listen and see things in a more open and accepting way. In my free time, I enjoy long walks with friends (both two legged and four), yoga, speaking Italian with anyone who will engage with me, and good food around a table filled with laughter and love.

 

Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, I work with individuals and couples. I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with stress, co-dependency, anxiety, depression, body image and relationship / communication issues that are causing personal discord. Looking at attachment patterns that are unconsciously learned in childhood, we will see where and how those patterns play out in your life and how they hold you in unhealthy beliefs. Together, we will unravel the thought processes that thrive in judgment, scarcity, blame, and fear. 

 

Clients who work with me say they feel heard and validated. My approach is direct, and I will lovingly hold you accountable. I will probe and encourage you to continue when you feel stuck. I will empower you with tools that will help to reshape old beliefs, wrapping them in kindness and self-compassion. The healing process and positive change occurs when you gain insight into yourself and empower yourself through authentic self-expression. Clients who are most successful engage in the work and face the demons that chase them. 

 
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 Moraya DeGeare MA, LMFT   

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist
Online Video Sessions Only

There is no greater joy in my work than helping individuals and people in relationships break through barriers created by conflict and disconnection. My purpose is to help them rebuild trust, restore love and respect for self and one another, and heal. 

 

I’m acutely aware that you might feel uncomfortable with the idea of seeking therapy and reaching out for support when you’re feeling vulnerable. Life can be a roller coaster ride and seeking professional help through the tough times can prove to be a huge benefit with a life-long impact. 

 

I come from a large musical family from New England and a mixed-race background, primarily African-American, Caucasian, and Japanese. I am married, and my husband is also from a mixed-race family, as well, so I know personally the challenges and joys this can bring. I have a unique level of understanding in helping mixed-race couples. Our families and cultures can bring such diverse -- and sometimes conflicting -- beliefs about how to communicate and connect in a marriage. We are also parents to a wonderful and inquisitive young son who is a joy to be around.

 

When I’m not in my practice, I enjoy reading, walking the lakes, playing with my son and cooking with my family. I love to travel and cook (and bring all of our heritage and cultures into the kitchen). As a teenager I was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that limits my diet and I love exploring restaurants and cooking and baking gluten-free. I am passionate about helping those newly diagnosed navigate the complexities of this challenging disease.

 

I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy to help couples and individuals break out of the negative cycles we get stuck in and learn new ways to communicate and connect. My specialized clinical experience is broad, though I my expertise is helping people navigate addictions, with a focus in sexual and porn or cybersex addiction / compulsivity. I’m also adept at helping people who are in transition from one stage of life to another, whether it is newly married and starting a family, separating or divorcing, or trying to manage different life stages. 

 

I love helping people find their voice, achieve clarity about themselves, and find calm in the chaos in life. I believe that self-awareness can help people have stronger and more meaningful relationships.

CLINICAL

EXPERIENCE

Mixed race identity development

Microaggressions in multicultural marriages

Race based trauma

Raising mixed race kids

Couples therapy

Marriage & relationship counseling 

Teen counseling

Suicide survivors

Family therapy with chronic illness

Anxiety

Depression

Cultural and multicultural issues

Grief and loss

Parenting

Identity development 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ)

Education


I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and dance from Guilford College in North Carolina. My passion for working with young people lead me to work for the Higher Achievement Program, an education nonprofit in Washington, D.C. I found myself enjoying the work I did with the parents. It was wonderful to witness how enhancing parents’ communication and parenting skills positively affects their children. Realizing I had a calling for working with families I continued my education and received my master’s degree in clinical counseling in marriage and family therapy from the Adler Graduate School.




Professional Memberships


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)





 
 

 Carissa Kaufman, MA, LMFT  

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Online Video Sessions Only

There is no greater joy in my work than helping individuals, couples, and families heal. I have seen this happen in many different ways and I enjoy the courage, compassion, and creativity that therapy requires. If you’re experiencing internal turmoil or disconnection & conflict with loved ones, you have come to the right place. It’s an honor for me to get to know people & their important relationships and to support people in restoring mutual respect, rebuilding trust in one another, & experiencing the joy of shared love.

 

You may feel anxious while looking for a therapist to work with and that’s such an understandable feeling. You may also feel vulnerable, reaching out for support. Please know that you’re not alone. Most people feel these feelings too. The good news is that over the years I have heard from many people the positive impacts that working with a therapist has on self-awareness, relationships, and overall quality of life. So, the search is worth it. You deserve to feel seen and heard. You also deserve to know some things about me in order to make a decision about whether or not you think we’ll connect well with one another.

 

I come from a small nuclear family and a large extended family. I’m a woman with a Roman Catholic Mexican mother and a New England Jewish father. I’m also the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor. Therefore, I have grown up with required mental & emotional flexibility. I’m uniquely able to hold space for multiple truths, perspectives, ways of knowing, ways of feeling, and ways of being in the world.

 

My clinical experience is broad with expertise in these areas. I enjoy working with BIPOC people. Especially, around biracial/multiracial identity development, self-esteem, and belonging. I understand and have deep compassion for what it’s like to experience microaggressions, race based trauma, and the extra mental & emotional energy it takes to live in a white society when you’re not white. I also enjoy working with interracial couples, teens (14-19) & families, and adults struggling with issues related to adjustment, life transitions, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other concerns.

  

When I’m not in a therapy session, I enjoy dancing, swimming, and walking. I also enjoy cooking with my family, supporting local restaurants, and eating tasty & delicious food. I love to travel and explore new places (and new foods). I’m also committed to being a lifelong learner. “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

 

I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy & Experiential Therapy to help individuals, couples, and families connect with themselves & others. Sometimes we get stuck in negative communication cycles and we’re looking for new & different ways to relate well with one another. Sometimes we have forgotten tried and true ways to relate well with one another and we need a friendly reminder. These things happen over the life course and seeking support in bettering yourself and your relationships is a sign of mental health & wellness. I have no doubt that it would be my privilege and pleasure to support you and your loved ones.

 

I’m so looking forward to collaborating with you to raise your voice, build on your insights, enjoy strong, meaningful, & purpose-filled relationships, and find greater peace & solace in life’s chaos.

CLINICAL

EXPERIENCE

Mixed race identity development
Identity development 
Self-esteem issues
Cultural and multicultural issues
Race based trauma
Trauma and PTSD
Teen counseling
Adjustment Disorders
Anxiety
Depression
Life transitions
Grief and loss
Family therapy 
Raising mixed race kids
Parenting
Microaggressions in multicultural marriages
Couples therapy
Relationship issues
Marriage & relationship counseling
Women’s Issues
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ)

Education


Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (2014) Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN B.A. Psychology (2008)





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CLINICAL

EXPERIENCE

Adoption

Anger Management

Anxiety

Bipolar Disorder

Borderline Personality

Career Counseling

Adolescents

Affairs 

Codependency

Co-parenting

Coping Skills

Depression

Divorce

Family Conflict

Grief

Infidelity

Life Coaching

Life Transitions

Marital and Premarital

Parenting

Peer Relationships

Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

Relationship Issues

School Issues

Self-Harming

Self Esteem

Spirituality

Sports Performance

Stress

Substance Use

Suicidal Ideation

Support for caregivers

Trauma and PTSD

Video Game Addiction

Women's Issues

Mental Health

Dissociative Disorders

Personality Disorder

Education


Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Mary's University of MN Master of Science in Audiology - Idaho State Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders - North Dakota State University




Training


  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Attachment Focused EMDR
  • EFT Basic Externship
  • Prepare-Enrich, a pre-marriage and marriage assessment
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Discernment counseling
  • EFT Core Skills and Brainspotting Phase I




Professional Affiliations


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy MN Association of Marriage and Family Therapy MN Women in Psychology





Mental Health Counselor

It is my honor to walk beside people during the more difficult times in their lives and help them make sense of their stories. As a trained outside voice, I am here to help you when you get stuck and disconnected. I believe that we are not meant to do this life alone — the more support we have, the stronger we are. When we get help, it lightens the load.

My primary clinical interests are working with trauma, working with relationship problems and working with military families. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families at all life stages, from the beginning during the prenatal years, to the end of life, by helping with caregiver support. I am interested in helping people heal trauma’s impact on physical, emotional, relational and spiritual wellbeing.

Doing couple and family therapy using the Emotionally Focused Therapy model makes sense to me, because it aligns with both my spiritual and worldview. I have extensive advanced training in it. I am passionate about working to heal couple relationships. I understand that disconnection from a loved one can hurt deeply, especially when you don’t know how to get back into sync. I like helping couples heal after betrayal, to uncover the blocks that separate them and to help them understand how their past is affecting them currently.

Working with military families is another strong area of my clinical focus. I have worked with the Wounded Warrior Project leading groups and supporting families to help reduce mental health issues that can be the result of being in the military.

Aside from being a therapist/counselor, I have been married for 20 years and I understand the joys and complexities of a long-term marriage. I homeschool two of my three children, all teens, and help my husband with his business. I love spending time with my family. We swim together, we bike, hike, canoe and enjoy outdoor climbing together. I also love listening to podcasts. I grew up in Canada and I immigrated to the United States when I was 17. 

My style is to come alongside people during difficult moments, so that people don’t feel so alone. My clients have told me that I push them “just enough” to make changes while being gentle and feeling deeply understood by me. This is my foundation.

 Carolyn Ouellette MA   

 

 Carol Schirber MA, LMFT   

Seeing clients in Minnetonka and Prior Lake

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist

I believe that relationships in all areas of our lives are important for our well-being. I have a passion for helping people as they journey through life's difficulties and transitions and find joy and peace along the way.

 

Before becoming a therapist, I was an audiologist for many years. It was an honor to help patients with hearing loss as they came to understand their diagnosis and treatment options. Looking back, it was always the relational patient interaction aspect of that profession that appealed to me most. Through my own life journey, I had the opportunity to meet many gifted mental health therapists and through them I discovered my calling.

 

My clinical focus is working with couples who are seeking to re-establish intimacy and create a stronger lasting bond in their relationship. It can be easy to allow your relationship to become a lower priority when other parts of life seem to take up so much time. This can take a toll on the quality of the relationship over time. I often hear couples talk about having lost that special feeling and connection they once had. 

 

I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a model of therapy that focuses on decreasing conflict, increasing positive communication, and deepening the connection between people. Though it can be hard to take that first step to repair your relationship and restore the respect and love you once had together, my purpose is to help you build the relationship that you want, need, and deserve.

 

Working with people who have been affected by trauma is an area of special interest and passion for me. I am trained in, and have experience with, two powerful interventions for processing trauma and associated after effects: Brainspotting and EMDR. I have seen first-hand the healing effect these can have when used within a trusting therapeutic relationship. Together we will work to process through the difficult emotions, thoughts, and memories that are tied to trauma. I also have a special interest in neuroscience as it relates to therapy and the process of change, the mind, body, and spirit connection, and mindfulness meditation.

 

If you are looking for help, someone to listen, or are simply curious about life changes you are experiencing, I will work with you through a collaborative therapeutic process. I believe family, friends, and community are an important part of any healing process, since effective and lasting change happens through supportive relationships and connection. With this foundational approach, I work to support couples, individuals, and families through life's challenges. I bring a gentle, mindful, client-centered and humanistic approach to therapy, focusing on your needs while listening with an open heart and spirit.

I have been married to my husband for 35 years and we have three grown daughters. We enjoy spending time together as a family when time and distance allow, and typically will pick spending time at, on, or in the lake as a favorite family activity. I am grateful to my husband and girls for the life lessons we have experienced together, and which have helped me to grow both personally and professionally. When I am not in the office, I enjoy travel, especially adventures to places I've never been, long conversations with friends, and of course Netflix! When I need to restore and recharge I turn to yoga, meditation, and walks in the woods with my dog.

 

I’m privileged and grateful to have the opportunity to walk with you as you find your strength and build resilience in your own healing.

CLINICAL

EXPERIENCE

Marriage/relationship difficulty

Trauma

Anxiety

Depression

Eating disorders

Grief and loss

Anger issues

Attachment issues

Body image

Conflict resolution

Parenting

Family of origin issues

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Self-esteem

Shame

Work-related issues

EFT Core Skills

Brainspotting Phase I

Education


Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Mary's University of MN Master of Science in Audiology - Idaho State Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders - North Dakota State University




Training


  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Attachment Focused EMDR
  • EFT Basic Externship
  • Prepare-Enrich, a pre-marriage and marriage assessment
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Discernment counseling
  • EFT Core Skills and Brainspotting Phase I




Professional Affiliations


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy MN Association of Marriage and Family Therapy MN Women in Psychology





 

 Ira Zierdt MA, LPCC   

CLINICAL

EXPERIENCE

Relationship issues

Shame/Guilt issues

Infidelity and Affair Recovery

Sexual problems  

Sexual Trauma

Sexual abuse and sexual assault

Trust Issues

Internet Addiction

Sexual Addiction and Sexual Compulsivity

Trauma, PTSD

Hurt/Anger

Sexual desire discrepancies

Forgiveness

Body image issues

Eating Disorders

Men’s issues

Personality Disorders Cultural and religious differences in the relationships

Spirituality

Non-traditional sexual expressions/interests

Education and Experience


I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. I worked as an accountant and then as a securities broker and was always more interested in people problems rather than dealing with numbers. I returned to school and earned my master’s degree in clinical counseling in marriage and family therapy at the Adler Graduate School and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.




Specialized Training


I am Certified and a Certified Supervisor in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. To learn more about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), click here. We can add the link to the EFT video on that page. I am fully trained in an extensively researched and effective method of trauma treatment called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and am trained in Prepare-Enrich, a widely-used premarital couples instrument. I have received specialized training in therapy for childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and other sexual problems.




Professional Memberships


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy AAMFT Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy MAMFT EMDR International Association EMDRIA International Centre for Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy ICEEFT




Renee's Published Articles, Presentations & Keynotes


Couple Therapy in Dangerous Times: When Trauma Blocks Intimacy (2018) Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Conference
A Relational Approach to Addiction Recovery (2018) 18th Annual Conference on Mental Health Sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community Mental Health Issues & Intimate Relationships: Understanding the complexities. (2015) 15th Annual Conference on Mental Health Sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community Private Practice Boot Camp (2014), St Mary's University How to succeed in Private Practice. (2013) Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Conference Women in Erotic Literature (2012) Hadassah, Minneapolis Chapter A Trainee’s Guide to Exploring Self-of-Therapist in Clinical Supervision (2012), MN Psychology Association A Primer on Couples Counseling (2011). Minnesota Counseling Association Adlerian Countertransference: Oxymoron or Mission-Critical Data? (2011). North American Society for Adlerian Psychology, Victoria, BC, Canada Is it Sexual Deviance or Sexual Addiction? The Ambiguity of Sexual Behaviors on the Internet. (2011) Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fall conference Courage to Thrive in MFT Supervision: Dealing with Countertransference (2010). Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Conference. Parent Talk / Partner Talk: Is Your Communication Pattern Affecting Your Teen? (2010). Not Our Kids Conference of Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Minneapolis, MN.





Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I believe in the healing power of relationships. I trust that therapeutic relationships can bring clarity, remedy, and growth into one’s life. Most of us can say that almost any issue can be bearable when we have the right people by our side.

 

When people struggle with relational or personal issues, they feel shame, fear, hurt, mistrust, and disconnected from themselves and the people close to them. I work with clients whose issues vary from seemingly simple to highly-complex cases. I work with individuals and couples who struggle with different relational and sexual issues taking into consideration culture, religion, and sexual preferences, as well as, personal and sexual history.

 

I know what it’s like to live overseas and be far from home. I also know what it means to make a home in a country where you were not born, and whose culture may at times, puzzle you. I also know how to prosper and thrive when you are surrounded by people who love you and care about you. I am who I am today and where I am at today because of loving, kind, generous, and wise people, who listened to my story and were willing to be my support when I needed it.

 

I understand that despite cultural differences, we all have common struggles no matter where we come from. We all want to belong, to feel loved and cared about, live happy lives, have meaningful jobs and raise healthy children. And most of us, at some point in our lives, look around and realize we no longer feel like we belong, we do not feel loved, feel miserable at our jobs, struggle with raising children and do not feel like life is pleasurable any more. 

 

When we feel most disconnected is when we actually need to reconnect the most. I know that therapy can be a safe place to open old wounds or freshly acquired ones. Therapy is also a wise investment in one’s emotional, physical, and relational wellness. 

 

I bring common sense, humor, and authenticity when working with clients. I am a quite direct therapist, yet I am always respectful and empathetic. Most of my work deals with the effects of trauma in people's lives, its behavioral manifestations, and its impact on relationships with others. 

 

 Lukas Urbach  

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

I believe one of the most important aspects of life is connection with the ones you love. Strengthening the connection between you and your loved ones brings joy and healing. Given that living life can bring disconnection to loved ones, my job is to help you conquer those barriers so that you can enjoy your relationships and be much closer.

I am currently working to attain my license in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have a passion for helping and serving others. My background consists of serving people in the Information Technology field for 6 years. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Although I enjoyed my time in the I.T. field, I have always wanted to help people in a more direct and personal way.

With my extensive background in Information Technology, I am well aware of the positive and negative impacts it can have on people and relationships. While internet culture can offer a tremendous amount of knowledge, wisdom, and entertainment, it can also be the cause of many of life’s largest problems. I am here to help with these problems by creating safety.

I have clinical interests in grief and loss, addiction, life transitions, relationship conflict, and premarital counseling. My goal will be to listen, collaborate, validate, and support you with whatever struggles you may be facing.  Using Emotionally Focused Therapy, I will help you and your partner grow closer together while increasing each other’s positive sense of self.

I have been married for 7 years and I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, bringing our husky to the dog park, playing with our cats and staying up to date on the latest TV shows. During my free time I enjoy playing board games, Dungeons & Dragons, video games, ultimate frisbee, football or any other team-based activities.

It would be my pleasure to work with you as you grow stronger individually and in your relationships. 

CLINICAL

INTERESTS

Marriage & relationship counseling
Family therapy
Conflict resolution
Divorce and post-divorce issues
Premarital counseling
Life transitions
Grief and loss
Internet culture
Porn addiction
Internet/gaming Addiction
Work environment issues
Work/home life balance
Anger Management
Anxiety/stress management
Spirituality
Forgiveness
Self-esteem issues
Body image
Co-dependency

Education


I graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul with my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2013. I worked in Information Technology for 7 years until I decided to go back to school to pursue my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University. I expect to graduate in 2021 and look forward to working towards my licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.





 
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