Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Prior Lake, MN.

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


Child Therapist

Lisa Marie Raines, MA, LMFT

License Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

I have considerable experience working with young children. 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!

Child Therapist

JoAnna Smith, MA, LMFT

Therapist/Life Coach

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

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

Tamera Mensink, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

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

Briana Rynerson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

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

Chris Bezenson, DMFT, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

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

Kalli Matsuhashi, MA, LP, LMFT, LPCC

Licensed Psychologist & Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

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

Shoreview Mental Health Center,

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

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

Kippie Palesch, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Within driving distance of Prior Lake

Children hold a special place in my heart. Having raised four, I know this from experience – When our kids hurt, we hurt. Aware that I am caring for your heart and soul, I attend to both you and your child with special care. Experienced with children ages 7-18 years, I utilize play, EMDR and equine-assisted pychotherapy for issues such as anxiety, trauma and abuse, depression, ADHD, impulse control, anger, aggression, bullying, academic under/over-achievement, adoption, as well as life transitions including loss of loved one, separation, divorce and blending families. Partnering with horses is a powerful,way to help children and teens heal.


You have found the top therapists in Prior Lake, MN who specialize in helping children.

Thank you for visiting our Minnesota page of licensed child psychologists and child therapists in Prior Lake, 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 Prior Lake today, our contact forms are "open" 24/7.

Prior Lake is located in Scott County, Minnesota. It has a land area of 15.98 square miles and a water area of 3.18 square miles.  The population of Prior Lake is 25,282 people with 8,837 households and a median annual income of $96,405. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Prior Lake, MN

Very Affordable

Booking a weekly counseling session with a licensed therapist in Prior Lake 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