Sonja Benson, Ph.D., L.P.

Sonja Benson, Ph.D., L.P.
Family Counselor

Licensed Doctoral Level Counseling Psychologist

Location: 600 Twelve Oaks Center Drive, Ste. 219, Wayzata
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Family therapy is a specialty; it's best undertaken by providers having specialized training in the field. My supporting program in graduate school was in Family Social Science. I treat families from a theory called "Contextual Family Therapy" which honors inter-generational loyalties and the responsibilities of each generation to the next one coming up. Family dynamics can sometimes be messy and challenging. Too often families don't seek treatment for the whole unit but instead have just one person identified as the problem. Real change occurs when the family dynamic and system make change. I can help you unravel some of the knots most families encounter from time to time.

Timothy McCarthy, PhD, LP, LMFT

Timothy McCarthy, PhD, LP, LMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage-Family Therapist

Location: 8460 Montgomery Court, Eden Prairie
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There are many problems that can occur in our family relationships. it's very easy for conflict to occur in marriage, with children, family of origin, or even in-laws. As a therapist working with families for many years I've found that many problems can be solved through respectful communication of deeper feelings while developing greater understanding and appreciation of other family members. At the same time, there are some family situations with extremely difficult, defensive personalities that only create continued frustration, so that the best solution is to set clear boundaries for limiting the impact of such toxic personalities.

John Ostby, MA, LMFT

John Ostby, MA, LMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 7525 Mitchell Road, Ste 215, Eden Prairie
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Sometimes families just get stuck in negative patterns, which can cause pain for every family member. Bringing in an outside collaborator can help things to get un-stuck. Some of the many issues I’ve encountered with families include mental health or addiction issues; extreme personality differences between members; unhealthy behaviors that have been passed down from previous generations; financial problems; and the universal struggle to balance work, life partnerships, and parenting. I’ve worked with traditional families, non-traditional families, blended families, and families recovering from divorce or other traumas. Through Experiential, Behavioral, and Structural Family Therapy, we’ll work as a collaborative team to get your family on the right track.

Craig Allen, LMFT

Craig Allen, LMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Location: 3025 Harbor Lane, Suite 221, Plymouth
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Here are some tips to deal with problems that cause family discord: Keep a healthy marital relationship as parents are the main strength which binds a family together. Making adjustments and maintaining intimacy is necessary to grant focus to the children. Spending quality time with the children ensures that they are emotionally secure. Showing compassion and understanding helps you to concentrate on the family rather than on yourself. Determine your potential in full and become more productive towards establishing greater relationships within your family. Parent/Child relationships may be improved by parents willing to hear out what their child has to tell them. Family therapy can help.

David Swan, MA, LAMFT

David Swan, MA, LAMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 13911 Ridgedale Drive, Suite 490, Minnetonka
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Families are complex. When a family is hurting it feels stressful throughout the house. Hurting relationships spill over into other relationships and to the family in general. Often there are unforgiven hurts that need to be brought out and dealt with. Using a combination of strategies, I seek to gently expose the hurts in family relationships and move people toward asking forgiveness and extending forgiveness. Then I help them recognize unhealthy patterns of communication and make shifts. Our conference room, and the ability to capture and replay video interactions between family members provides extra insights into relationships and communications styles.

Renee Segal, MA, LMFT, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist

Renee Segal, MA, LMFT, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist
Family Counselor

Licensed Marriage, Family and Individual Therapist

Location: 13911 Ridgedale Drive #335, Minnetonka
Fast Contact: Email or Call Renee.

Family therapy is needed when the family isn't working well. Maybe there are a lot of fights between parents and children or maybe one of the family members is using drugs or alcohol. Family therapy is a place where the whole family can talk about what is bothering them. Sometimes people want more closeness and sometimes family members want more distance. Family therapy is a great way to identify and sort out these issues.

Barbara Benson, RN, MA, LPC

Barbara Benson, RN, MA, LPC
Family Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: , Minnetonka
Fast Contact: Email or Call Barbara.

In family therapy, one of the key goals is often to improve communication either because there is a lot of ineffective, reactive, or angry communication going on or very little communication happening at all. I use a family systems approach along with cognitive behavioral elements to address most family concerns. Family therapy can be helpful for mother-daughter duos, two parents and all the kids or any combination of family members.

Tom Mills, MA.,LP

Tom Mills, MA.,LP
Family Counselor

Licensed Psychologist

Location: 13911 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
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When working with families, I am trying to help the family find a better way, a better system. Most families that come in for therapy are surviving via extremes. They either are trying to staying clear of each other or they're at each other's throat! I want to help these families find a new normal that is skillful, empowering and reengaging. Family therapy is a therapy must appeal to all members who attend, not just the parents. I enjoy taking different approaches to make all members feel safe and understood.

Lisa Marie Raines, MA, LMFT

Lisa Marie Raines, MA, LMFT
Family Counselor

License Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: ACTS Therapy 8170 Old Carriage Court N, Shakopee
Fast Contact: Email or Call Lisa Marie.

I have considerable experience working with families. I have worked with small children, tweens, teens and parents. I believe that a combination of individual and family therapy is an approach that works. We will work together to overcome the issues you and your family are going through. Understanding you’re not alone and getting support to help problem solve and learn communication skills is a step forward. We will take the time to move out of the chaos into a more authoritative environment. Authoritative is a blending of a caring tone with structure and consistent limit setting. Together we can make it work!

Rebekah Miller, MA, LMFT

Rebekah Miller, MA, LMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 7575 Golden Valley Road Suite 133, Golden Valley
Fast Contact: Email or Call Rebekah.

Does your adolescent feel out of control? Do you want to improve parenting skills or learn how to better support your kids? Is it hard to share parenting responsibilities? Families come to family therapy for many different reasons—conflict in the home, communication difficulties, divorce, grief, blended/step-parent families, teens acting out, adoptive family concerns, co-parenting challenges, mental health problems for any family members, and health problems or terminal illness. As a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I will help your family change stuck patterns of interaction, navigate family stressors, and support members that are struggling with mental health problems.


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Family Counseling Shorewood MN.

If you are in Minnesota and seek assistance with parenting and extended family, or perhaps you are dealing with issues in your children, or trying to work out harmony in a blended family, family counseling Shorewood MNcan help. Theravive is the best source for effective Shorewood MN family therapy in Minnesota. A professional Shorewood MN family therapist has training and expertise in family dynamics both in and outside the home and can help resolve toxic and broken relationships. Please contact a Shorewood, MN family counselor to begin your new commitment to beneficial change.

Welcome to our network of family therapists in Shorewood. Strife and turmoil in the home, or with extended family, can damage many of our relationships. Family counseling Shorewood, MN with a licensed and skilled family counselor can help find common ground, and begin restoration and healing. We hope that you will contact any one of our Shorewood family counselors below for more information and to book an appointment.