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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RENEE SEGAL

MA, LMFT

Owner of Evolve Therapy

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor

CAROL SCHIRBER

MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

MORAYA DEGEARE

MA, LMFT

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist

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CONNIE COHEN

MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

IRA ZIERDT

MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

LUKAS URBACH

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

LIZ GODES

MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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