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We are a team of dedicated therapists.

We value honesty, compassion and a genuine presence in the work and in relationship with you. 

Our approach focuses on addressing underlying concerns in order to create lasting change.

Each psychotherapist at Hiraeth Psychotherapy is an independent contractor, and has their own specialties, schedule and availabilities. Please get in touch with us for more information or to set up an appointment.

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-Individual & Couples Therapy

-Adults

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-Individual Therapy

-Adults

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-Individual Therapy

-Children (7+), Adolescents, Adults

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-Individual & Couples Therapy

-Adults

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-Individual & Couples Therapy

-Adolescents & Adults

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-Individual Therapy

-Adults

Laura Ford, MA, LPCC

Owner, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor

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Modality: Individual and Couples Psychotherapy

Client Focus: Adults

Clinical Interests: Anxiety & Fear, Self-Doubt, Relationships

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Welcome. While searching for a therapist can be overwhelming, I encourage you to trust in your ability to find the right person to help.

 

I specialize in helping individuals better understand their relationship with themselves. Through our work together, clients develop awareness of how this relationship impacts all other areas of their lives. As they make positive changes in this dynamic, other dimensions of their lives often fall into place.

 

While I work with a wide range of presenting concerns, areas of particular clinical interest include self-doubt/uncertainty, loneliness, anxiety and fear. I bring compassion, patience and a sense of humor to the therapeutic relationship. I frequently utilize metaphors and imagery to help clients visualize and better understand their patterns.

I hold a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the William Alanson White Institute in New York and a Master’s degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.  I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), a Minnesota Board-approved supervisor, a member of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (MPSI) and a member of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN).

Laura Ford

Emily Johnson, MA, LPC

Psychotherapist

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Modality: Individual Psychotherapy

Client Focus: Children (ages 7+), Adolescents, Adults

Clinical Interests: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions

My hope is that through your experience in therapy, whether this is your first time or you've been in therapy before, you find a fresh and open place for healing in your life. My approach begins by building an honest relationship with you that enables us to process your story. Whatever is uncovered along the way: grief, joy, disappointment, confusion, anger, freedom, trauma, loss, strength, creativity, humor... the mosaic will be uniquely yours.

I contribute by encouraging your self-awareness through listening with compassion and authenticity, while exploring unsolved issues alongside you. I utilize depth, imagery, creativity, and imagination in our work together. I enjoy working with a variety of ages, including children, adolescents and adults.

I hold a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Community Mental Health from the University of North Dakota and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Minnesota. One highlight of 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. 

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Emily Johnson

Aida Shahghasemi, MA

Psychotherapist

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Modality: Individual and Couples Psychotherapy

Client Focus: Adolescents and Adults

Languages: English, Farsi/Persian

Clinical Interests: Trauma, Relationships, Identity, Anxiety, Depression

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Compassionate courage is at the center of my work. Compassionate courage lives at the intersection of a supportive, safe environment and a willingness to kindly challenge yourself. It is defined by allowing ourselves to feel all the human feelings, do our best to understand them, learn what we can when we can, and to have patience for our confusion when nothing makes sense. 

 

Actively questioning the ideas of “normalcy,” I work with you to unravel what assumptions you may have about yourself or the world around you. As we work together to better understand you, I will help you contextualize our discoveries socially, developmentally, culturally and biologically.

I work with individuals and couples, and have a particular passion for addressing  trauma, relational dynamics and LGBTQIA concerns. I am also a musician, and I find this shows up in unexpected ways in my work. I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Saint Thomas and a Master's Degree in Art and Public Policy from New York University. I'm working towards licensure under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford. 

Aida Shahghasemi

Mark Hantla, MA

Psychotherapist

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Modality: Individual Psychotherapy

Client Focus: Adults

Clinical Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Relationships, Mindfulness

Starting therapy takes courage and a desire for change.  I invite you to trust this desire as you take the brave step of reaching out for help.  Together, we will explore your unique experiences with curiosity and compassion.

 

In our work together, some of my guiding values are: 1) healing happens in a caring, connected environment, 2) personal growth comes from vulnerability, and 3) change means learning how to let go and what to stand for.  I help adults struggling with many aspects of life, and I have a particular interest in helping heal struggles of self-confidence and uncertainty, relationship and attachment issues, depression, and anxiety.  ​

I personally engage in conscious embodiment and mindfulness practices, and I bring this into my work as is helpful/desired.  I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and am working under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford. 

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Mark Hantla

Anastasiia Klymenko-Reguero, MA

Psychotherapist

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Modality: Individual and Couples Psychotherapy

Client Focus: Adults

Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian

Clinical Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Trauma

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I'm glad you've found us! I've seen the powerful changes that therapy can create in people's lives, and I feel honored to be a part of each of my client's journeys.

I try not to supply my clients with answers, but I help my clients to find their own answers, since I believe every person knows what is best for them. I will listen carefully to hear the deeper themes that show up in what is shared,  respond empathetically and, when appropriate, with consideration of new perspectives, tools and insights. Clients describe me as compassionate, non-judgmental and supportive, with a calming presence.  I enjoy working with both individuals and couples from all walks of life.

Previously, I have worked as a school psychologist, an art therapist and a crisis helpline facilitator. I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology Donbas State Pedagogical University. I am working under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford.

Anastasiia Klymenko-Reguero
Bryn Hennessy

Bryn Hennessy

Psychotherapist

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Modality: Individual Psychotherapy

Client Focus: Adults

Clinical Interests: Depression, Trauma, Loss, Life Transitions, Anxiety

I believe all people have inherent strength, wisdom, and worthiness. Yet sometimes we find ourselves stuck, lost, bereft, or confused. In childhood, we sensibly develop habits that get us through particular circumstances, but sometimes we outgrow those habits and are not sure how else to live. Therapy can help us more fully understand these patterns, and learn new ways of being. Through therapy, we can actively choose how we want to live and relate to others.

 

Elements of my previous career as a teacher carry over into my work as a therapist, as I support clients in discerning important themes and making meaning of their own lives. In addition to exploring through conversation, we may use mindfulness, visualization, movement, and somatic awareness in our work, if you choose. I respect your courage to commit to therapy, and I will be a dedicated, kind, and nonjudgmental partner with you through the process. I welcome adult clients from all cultures, of all identities. 

I am completing a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas, and I work under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford. 

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