Child Psychologists and/or Child Counselors in Prior Lake MN.


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Child Counselor

Tamera Mensink, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

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 Counselor

Lisa Marie Raines, MA, LMFT

License Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

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 Counselor

Chris Bezenson, DMFT, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

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 Counselor

JoAnna Smith, MA, LMFT

Therapist/Life Coach

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

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 Counselor

Kalli Matsuhashi, MA, LP, LMFT, LPCC

Licensed Psychologist & Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

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 Psychologist

Gretchen Lewis-Snyder, PhD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

I specialize in working with children who struggle with anxiety, avoidance, ADHD, and behavioral challenges. Very often, the parenting approaches that have been effective for your other children are less effective for your child who struggling with one or more of these issues. I work with both you and your child to find what works for you and the unique challenges your child is facing.

Child Psychologist

Stefanie Bauer, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

Whether children suffer from a developmental disorder, have been abused, experience changes in their lives, or struggle with behaviors, negative, thoughts or self-esteem, I can teach children and their caregivers ways to make life easier. depending on the child's age, issues, and strengths, I use Play Therapy, DBT, CBT, and Systems Therapy to teach useful tools.

Child Counselor

Kippie Palesch, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

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 and EMDR therapy 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. Trained in equine-assisted therapy, I often use the power of horses to help children and teens heal. Contact me for a complimentary equine session.

Child Counselor

Briana Rynerson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Prior Lake, MN

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.

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