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Laura Ford, MA, LPCC

Owner, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor

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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). 

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Emily Hedstrom, MA

Psychotherapist

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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. 

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Emily Hedstrom

MJ Hines

Psychotherapist

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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 am currently in training for clinical hypnosis, and hope to offer this service in the near future, as well.  

I am working towards my Master's Degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and am working under the licensed supervision of Laura Ford.

MJ Hines

Chan Vang

Psychotherapist

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I feel honored to partner with my clients on their journeys of healing and growth.  My collaborative approach to therapy integrates psychodynamic, trauma-focused, strength-based, and culturally sensitive care, as well as what is meaningful and makes sense to you.  I strive to create a therapeutic environment anchored in honesty, trust and mutual respect; as a therapist, I am calm, sincere and thoughtful.  

 

I am particularly fascinated by the impacts of culture on mental health among diverse communities, and I am enthusiastic about helping individuals address cultural factors that may be challenging to navigate. I work to ensure each of my clients feel safe and supported to show up authentically. 

 

I am working towards my 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

Psychotherapist

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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 while pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling & Psychological Services at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Chan Vang
Mark Hantla
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