Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Mendota Heights, MN.

Find a child psychologist or a counselor who specializes in therapy and assessment for children in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.


Child Therapist

JoAnna Smith, MA, LMFT

Therapist/Life Coach

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

Children process information very differently from adults and tend not to verbalize their concerns and struggles in a direct manner. Thus, when working with younger kids, I find it best to engage the children in play and/or art. During this process of creative play, kids are able to express themselves (often unknowingly and indirectly) to help aid healing and highlight present barriers to growth. Play is an excellent way for children to practice and build upon their skill set. Some examples of skills developed may include: improving overall communication skills, processing of trauma, stress management, emotional and social etiquette, and increasing cooperative and helpful behaviors

Child Therapist

Shoreview Mental Health Center,

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

It is so important to do our best to resolve issues when children are young rather than in their teens or adulthood. So many issues that we see in adults stem from unresolved issues from when they were children. Early intervention and prevention are important. It is easier to resolve issues before they have years to grow and become entrenched. Therapy is tailored to the child with play therapy being one very valuable approach.

Child Therapist

Innovative Psychological Consultants, LLC

Innovative Psychological Consultants

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

At IPC we have several therapists that specialize in working with children. We also have a child psychiatrist if medication consultations are needed. Working with children requires specialized training and skills that our clinicians possess. Through a variety of play therapy techniques we can help work on the issues your child has a hard time explaining and talking about. We will work with parents collaboratively to deal with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and parenting techniques.

Child Therapist

Briana Rynerson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

I utilize art therapy and play therapy to connect with young children and help them process their emotions in a fun and exciting way so they can enjoy working through the issues that may be impairing their lives. I also work with the parent/s of young children to help support them in the challenges of parenthood by offering resources and tools to help with their behaviors outside of session.

Child Therapist

Anna Grimm, LMFT, EAGALA Certfied

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

I enjoy working with young children as it allows me to fully embrace my creative and energetic side! I connect well with them, and help them understand themselves and life experiences through art and experiential therapies (including play and equine assisted therapies). I often times include the larger families in the process in a way that educates parents and strengthens the parent-child bond. I offer home-based therapy, or the more traditional office setting.

Child Therapist

Rachel Larson, MA, LAMFT

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

Children are precious. When something is off with one of your children, your heart aches. We can help your child express what is happening in his/her mind, heart, or body through the use of experiential play therapy, and help you as his/her parent to support your child's needs in a way that fits for your family. Kelle is engaging, warm, and very accessible to young children, ages birth through 12.

Child Therapist

Chris Bezenson, DMFT, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

Children process things differently than adults, due to their different developmental stage. For this reason, it can be hard for them to express what is troubling them verbally or to even know what the trouble is. Instead, when children experience difficult emotions, either because of common stress or more significant trauma, they tend to express their symptoms behaviorally, often by acting out, being defiant or shutting down or by physical symptoms, such as bed wetting or having frequent aches and pains. In my work with children I use art and play, in addition to more traditional "talk" therapy, because this combination has been proven to be most effective.

Child Therapist

Paul Dousi, Phd, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

I find that I am most successful in working with children when I am able to gain trust and rapport with their parents. My personal belief is that there is no one more expert about a child than his mother or father. I also believe that the mother or father is typically the person with the greatest therapeutic capability with that child. I see my role as working with the child in collaboration with the parent. I know that to work with the child I have to work gently and patiently to gain their trust. I find that play is the language of a child so that I like to use stuffed animals, whiteboard illustrations,& lots of humor. I teach parents how to be effective in working with their own child.

Child Therapist

Tamera Mensink, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

I counsel young children who have been through abuse with EMDR therapy. EMDR therapy has shown to work well with children who have experienced trauma. If your child has been emotionally, sexually, verbally or physically abused give them the chance to work through these issue before it is too late. Please make an appointment for your child to have EMDR therapy.

Child Therapist

Kalli Matsuhashi, MA, LP, LMFT, LPCC

Licensed Psychologist & Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

I work with children from the age of 4 up through the teenage years, on a wide range of issues. The therapy might be talk therapy, talk therapy combined with hypnosis, or play therapy, depending on the situation. I encourage parents to participate in the sessions, although with older kids, I might ask mom or dad to wait in the reception area while I continue working one-on-one with their child. An aspect of my work with kids that both kids and their parents really appreciate is the practice of "externalizing" the problem - meaning, the problem is the problem, not the child. The kids I work with feel respected and heard, and this helps move them forward against the problem and happier!

Child Therapist

Jana Sczepanski Palkert, Sex Therapy, EMDR, LMFT

Minnesota Counseling and Couples Center

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

Teens and children have unique needs in therapy. They want to be heard and validated. One very important aspect of therapy with children is to facilitate a trusting therapeutic relationship with the child to nurture safety. Only then will the child be able to open up and express difficult emotions and experiences. With children, I specialize in assessing for ADHD, working through traumatic experiences, anxiety/panic or OCD, adoption challanges, family changes and other behavioral issues.

Child Therapist

CenterLife Counseling

Within driving distance of Mendota Heights

Children have worries, fears, intense emotions, and issues with change and past trauma, just like adults. And like adults, they sometimes need help in processing these experiences. Children do not have the same ability as adults to be able to identify, understand, and talk about their feelings. That is where play therapy comes in. In play therapy, children use play to express and process their troubles. Our therapists work closely with the parents to help their children deal with their feelings and the behavior issues that are often attached. We have several play therapists that can work with you and your children.


You have found the top therapists in Mendota Heights, MN who specialize in helping children.

Thank you for visiting our Minnesota page of licensed child psychologists and child therapists in Mendota Heights, Minnesota who are trained and experienced in helping children and youth.  Working with children requires a different skillset from other types of therapy and here you will find therapists who are skilled, patient and experienced. Please note that while all therapists here work with children, not all may be a registered psychologist. You can easily verify this on each profile. Reach out to a child therapist or child psychologist in Mendota Heights today, our contact forms are "open" 24/7.

Mendota Heights is located in Dakota County, Minnesota. It has a land area of 9.08 square miles and a water area of 0.96 square miles.  The population of Mendota Heights is 11,223 people with 4,609 households and a median annual income of $95,353. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Mendota Heights, MN

Very Affordable

Booking a weekly counseling session with a licensed therapist in Mendota Heights is not a large financial issue for the majority of people in this area. Sustaining a commitment to mental health treatment is easily accessible for the average family, but ask your therapist if there are any concerns as many will accept insurance or even offer sliding scale fees