Laura Ford, MA, LPCC
Owner, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor
I am grateful to have had a diverse range of work experience in my professional career, both before and after returning to graduate school to become a psychotherapist. These experiences greatly inform my work and aid me in serving a wide range of clients and clinical concerns.
Prior to starting my own practice, I worked in a variety of other settings, including day treatment centers, in-home services, and school- and community-based services. I have worked as both a front-line practitioner and program manager in several of these service models.
My work has served adults, couples, families and adolescents from a variety of cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions and lifestyle/environmental situations. International study across five continents has contributed to the work I do serving a diverse clientele. Areas of particular clinical interest include self-alienation, fear and self-doubt.
I hold a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the William Alanson White Institute in New York, a Master’s degree in Counseling & Psychological Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a Board-approved supervisor in the state of Minnesota. I am a member of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) and the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (MPSI).
Emily Johnson, MA
I have dedicated the past few years towards my education in counseling psychology, although my interest in the field began long before. As a therapist, I incorporate counseling theory with depth, imagery, creativity, and imagination, focused on trauma-informed care.
My experience working with children enriches my understanding of adults, when we reflect on salient moments from childhood. I have worked with a range of clients from children, adolescents, families, and adults.
One highlight in my education has been attending virtual trainings with Gestalt therapists around the world. I walk away from each call inspired by humans across all time zones, languages, and continents, who share their experiences of careful dedication towards growth and healing.
I hold a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Community Mental Health from the University of North Dakota, and am working toward licensure under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford.
MJ Hines, MA
When people learn to trust their own intuition, identify their needs and define their boundaries, they are better able to advocate for what they want in life. I am passionate about helping clients through depression, grief and loss, trauma, substance use, anxiety and relationship issues. If you are struggling with any of the difficult feelings of being human, I want to help!
The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of counseling, and I bring warmth, authenticity, and occasionally humor to the process. I utilize principles of psychodynamic therapy and harm reduction in my work. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and I draw upon my arts background to incorporate creative expression into the healing process when helpful.
I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and am working towards licensure under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford.
Mark Hantla, MA
I believe that therapy involves the courage to look inward with curiosity and self-compassion. My goal as a therapist is to honor your journey with openness, authenticity, and non-judgmental presence. If you are struggling with difficult emotions, complex challenges in life, or want support in your wellness journey, I want to hold space for you.
Before being a therapist, I worked for a decade in the social services sector supporting the dignity and empowerment of individuals with disabilities as well as youth seeking help graduating high school. I bring a respect for the unique strengths and challenges we each experience in life.
I bring a background of interpersonal facilitation honed in emotional intelligence groups, insight meditation communities, and qigong embodiment practice. I have a particular interest exploring self-advocacy and personal values, interpersonal dynamics and existential/spiritual concerns.
I am working under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford, and hold a Master's Degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Each of us has an inner compass that guides us in life. However, difficult experiences such as childhood traumas, dysfunctional relationships or stressful life events can influence our ability to access this compass. When this happens, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, fear, anxiety, anger or emptiness can occur. I want to help people resolve these painful emotions, rediscover their inner compass and live their most meaningful life.
As a therapist, I am warm, empathetic and authentic. I strive to create a space where clients feel safe bringing their most vulnerable emotions into the room. Previously, I worked as a therapist on three continents, serving as a school psychologist, an art therapist and a crisis helpline facilitator. Being exposed to different cultures has helped me learn the value of being flexible, and informs my adoption of a culturally-sensitive and client-centered approach to therapy.
I am fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian languages. I hold a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Donbas State Pedagogical University in Eastern Ukraine. I am working under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford while completing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Saint Thomas.