Counseling Resources

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The Bible affirms on many occasions the importance of seeking counsel. When making plans or if lacking wisdom, it is wise to seek the Lord as well as a competent counselor (see Psalm 139:23-24; Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 20:18; James 1:5; John 14:26). God is the healer, and He frequently uses His servants to facilitate the healing process. The Grace Church Ministry staff and ministries regularly make referrals to professional Christian counselors when more than brief pastoral counseling is needed. It is our hope that this information will be helpful to you as you pursue your healing journey. 

Grace Church refers to a variety of mental health professionals, but the referrals identified in this resource list do not necessarily imply a complete endorsement by Grace Church. Although we try to avoid recommending clinics and clinicians whose views and practices are not in accord with the Grace Church Statement of Faith, values, or philosophy of ministry, it is not always possible to ensure complete agreement. Persons seeking a counselor or mental health professional are urged to carefully screen two or three prospective counseling providers to their own satisfaction. 

A professional counselor will be glad to answer your questions directly, schedule permitting. If this is not your experience, then you are advised to seek another provider. You may wish to schedule a 10-minute phone appointment to interview the counselor prior to having an office visit. If insurance is a consideration, knowing your mental health provider options and restrictions is helpful before contacting a prospective provider. 

A suggested list of important questions to ask the provider includes: 

Licensing and education
While a license or education does not guarantee a professional's competence or suitability for your situation, they can be indicators of their professional qualifications. There are also skilled unlicensed providers who may be in the licensure process and are under the supervision of a licensed professional or who are in the final stages of completing their studies. In addition, in most cases insurance reimbursement for mental health care is a possibility only if the provider is licensed and a certain level of education has been completed.
 

Professional experience and specialization
Ask if the provider has experience in counseling people with your specific concern. How many years have they been in practice? Is this an area of their specialty? Be advised that interns are generally less experienced, offer a lower fee, and receive supervision from a more experienced provider.
 

Specific views and integration of Christianity
Ask the provider how they integrate their Christian faith into their counseling practice. You may want to explore how they utilize the Bible and prayer in counseling. You will also want to know how they approach certain issues pertaining to your situation (e.g. abuse, anxiety, depression, marital separation, divorce, etc.)
 

Fees and insurance eligibility
Ask about their fee and insurance reimbursement (if applicable). Some have a sliding fee scale or a minimum fee for which they will agree to provide counseling services. Know what you will be paying before beginning your counseling. If financial stress makes it nearly impossible to pursue professional counseling, asking for a lower fee intern is advised. In addition, a counseling scholarship may be available through application to the Grace Church Benevolent Fund for individuals who have been a regular part of the Grace Church family for a minimum of six months. Contact the Care and Connecting Office at 952-224-3023 for more information.
 

Scheduling availability
Some providers may not be taking new clients. Some may have a waiting list. Others may have openings in a month and some can be scheduled within a week or two. Whatever the case may be, ask about their availability and if you will be able to get an appointment in a timely manner, both to get started and for subsequent appointments.

 Related questions for the provider

  • How do you handle non-emergency calls?

  • How do you handle emergency calls?

  • If I need medication, who would evaluate me and prescribe it?

  • Who would have access to my records and under what circumstances?

  • What are your expectations of me as a client?

  • Where exactly is your office located?

Moving forward
After deciding from whom you desire to receive professional counseling, schedule your first appointment and complete any preliminary paperwork required. You may also wish to sign a release form that permits the provider to speak with a previous care provider with whom you have counseled in the past. This can be helpful to provide both a history of your situation as well as continuity of care with others in your support network. Commit yourself to praying for your counselor and for yourself as you work together to seek God's wisdom and healing in your life.
 

Continue to assess the provider you have chosen during your initial office visits. If you sense that the relationship is not a good fit, discuss your dissatisfaction with them or the clinic director. Also, do not quit counseling just because you hear something you don't like. The provider may be identifying a sensitive issue that needs attention. It is not wise, however, to try and maintain a therapeutic relationship that just does not seem to work. If you need to make a change, seek additional referrals and continue moving forward.

We pray that God's peace, comfort and wisdom will bring great blessings to you as you seek His healing and guidance. If additional assistance is desired in the referral process, please contact Shelly Geoffroy at 952-224-3023.

Affinity Ministries Counseling Services
4001 Stinson Blvd. N.E., Suite #404
Minneapolis, MN 55421
(612) 706-9630

Todd Riggs, M.Div., LICSW

Ancient Paths Counseling, Inc.
7236 Forestview Lane N., #3201
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 420-9400

Kraig W. Skistad, MA, LPC
Kraigskistad@ancientpathscounseling.com
www.ancientpathscounseling.com

Arden Woods Psychological Services, P.A.
900 Long Lake Rd. Suite #320
New Brighton, MN 55112
(651) 482-9361

Tom Hainlen, Psy.D., L.P.
Marilyn Mast, M.S., L.M.F.T.
Carol Morgan, M.Ed., M.A., L.P.
Steve Sandage, Ph.D., L.P.
www.ardenwoodspsych.com
(other Christian counselors available also)

Awes, Rachel
1678 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
(612) 701-4296

Rachel Awes, M.A., L.P.

Awosika, Olukayode
Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare
7250 France Ave. S, Suite 3023
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 303-6832

Olukayode Awosika, MD
www.pinnaclebhc.com

Beginning Now
6542 Regency Lane, Suite #205
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 903-9205

Glenn Pickering, Ph.D., L.P.
http://www.beginningnow.org/

Berscheid Counseling & Consulting Services
700 Twelve Oaks Center Drive, Suite #264
Wayzata, MN 55391
(763) 227-3431

Tom Berscheid, M.A., L.M.F.T., L.P.C.
http://www.berscheidcounseling.com/

The Center for Christian Spiritual Development
11900 Wayzata Blvd. #214
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(612) 382-0499

Maureen McNeal, M.A.,
L.I.C.S.W., L.M.F.T.

(Spiritual formation and development,
not traditional therapy)

Charis Clinic
8085 Wayzata Blvd., Suite #100B
Golden Valley, MN 55426
(952) 542-1897

 

Christian Marriage Center
13911 Ridgedale Dr, Suite #460, Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 546-4044

and

275 3rd Street S, Suite 303,
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-2059

William Rush, Ph.D., L.P.
www.christianmarriagecenter.com
(other Christian counselors available also)

Christian Recovery Counseling
8441 Wayzata Blvd., Suite #120
Golden Valley, MN 55426
(763) 566-0088 Ext. 114

Jeanette Vought, Ph.D., L.P., L.M.F.T.
www.christianrecoverycenter.org
(other Christian counselors available also)

Columb, Cinda
1420 Urbandale Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447
(763) 449-0127

Cinda Columb, M.A.

Connected Families
566 Bavaria Lane
Chaska, MN 55318
(952) 448-3625

Christian Counselors Available

Counseling Care
(formerly Bachmann & Associates)

8669 Eagle Point Blvd.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
(651) 379-0444

and

1500 McAndrews Road West, Suite 201
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 892-8495

Marcus D. Bachmann, M.A., Ph.D.
Saul Selby, M.A., L.A.D.C.
www.bachmanncounseling.com
(other Christian counselors available also)

Dakota Valley Psychologists
7373 West 147th Street, Suite #180
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 432-3220

Steve Erickson, Ph.D., L.P., L.M.F.T.
http://www.d-valley-psych.com/

Erickson, Donna
10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suite #225
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 544-0046

Donna Erickson, M.A., L.A.D.C.

Ervin Counseling and Family Life Ministries
7200 France Ave. S.
Suite 338
Edina, MN 55435
(952)393-7528

Lisa Ervin, M.A.

Faithful and True Ministries
15798 Venture Ln, Suite #301
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 746-3882

Mark Laaser, Ph.D.
http://www.faithfulandtrueministries.com/
(Christ-centered help for sex addicts and their families)

Family Attachment & Counseling Center of MN
18322-C Minnetonka Blvd.
Deephaven, MN 55391
(952) 475-2818

Connie Dummer, M.A., L.P., L.M.F.T.

www.familyattachment.com

(Christian counselors available)

Gibson, Janet W.
Edina Executive Suites
7400 Metro Blvd., Suite 100
Edina, MN 55439
(612) 269-7977

Janet Gibson, M.A., L.M.F.T.
www.janetwgibsonlmfttherapy.com

Grant, Herb
2717 East 42nd Street, Suite B
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 247-2338

Herb Grant, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Hanson Associates, LLC
7200 Hemlock Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 533-5339

Gary D. Hanson, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Joy Hanson, M.A., L.M.F.T.
http://www.hansonassoc.net/

Human Interfaces, PA
1409 Willow Street, #400
Minneapolis, MN 55403

(612) 872-1500

Lindsay King, PhD, LP

Johnson, Beverly
4005 West 65th Street, #214
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 926-3412

Beverly Johnson, M.A., L.P.

Johnson, Bradley D.
6542 Regency Lane, Suite #104
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

and

124 West Main Street
Belle Plaine, MN 56011

(952) 983-1790

Bradley D. Johnson, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Johnson, Vicki
(612) 270-7704
phone counseling only

Vicki Johnson, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Levang and Associates
Westwood Lake Office Park, Suite 102
8441 Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55426
(952) 541-4799

Curt Levang, Ph.D., L.P., L.M.F.T.
http://www.levangandassociates.com/
(other Christian counselors available also)

Tom Mills, M.A., L.P.
12100 Singletree Lane, Suite #116, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(612) 226-3600

Tom Mills, M.A., LP
www.millstherapy.com

Minnesota Psychological Resources
Plymouth Court Office Building
12805 Highway 55, Suite #211 Box 413,
Plymouth, MN 55441
(763) 550-9005

and

Pequot Professional Building
105 Woodman St
Pequot Lakes
(218) 568-4500

Tamara Clement, Ph.D., L.P.
Pam Galbraith, M.S., L.P.C.
Dave Mellberg, Ph.D., L.P.
Kris Eide, M.A., L.P.
www.mnpr.com

(other Christian counselors available also)

Minnesota Renewal Center
3499 Lexington Ave North, Suite 100
Arden Hills, MN 55126
(651) 486-4828

Dan Lambrides, D.Min.
Patrick Repp, M.A., C.C.D.P., L.P.
Dan Rotach, D.Min., L.M.F.T.
http://www.minnesotarenewal.org/

Minnesota Valley Life Skills
150 Engler Blvd.
Chaska, MN 55318
(
612) 481-8554


www.mnvalleylifeskills.org

Morfitt, Russell
15798 Venture Ln, Suite #202
Eden Prairie, MN
(952) 261-3049

Russell Morfitt, Ph.D., L.P.

Mulliken Counseling Center
5275 Edina Industrial Blvd. #124
Edina, MN 55439
(952) 835-7130

Todd Mulliken, M.S.

New Day Counseling Clinic
4005 West 65th Street, Suite #204
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 920-2282

David Olson, Psy.D., L.P.

Northland Counseling
7945 Stone Creek Drive, Suite #140
Chanhassen, MN 55317
(952) 974-3999

Dr. Hal Baumchen
www.northlandcounseling.us

Northland Counseling Services -- Roseville Office
2780 Snelling Ave. N., Suite #104
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 633-5290
Steve Wiese, M.S., M.Div., L.P.
www.northlandcounseling.us
(other Christian counselors available also)

Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. (2 locations)
Brighton Professional Building
1900 Silver Lake Road, Suite #110
New Brighton, MN 55112
(651) 628-9566

and

Merchants Bank Building
7300 West 147th Street, Suite #204
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 997-3020

Brian Nystrom, L.I.C.S.W., L.M.F.T.
Dorothy Wintz, M.A., L.P.
http://www.nystromcounseling.com/

(other Christian counselors available also)

Set Free Recovery Services
(651) 253-6818

Saul Selby, M.A., L.A.D.C.
www.setfreerecovery.com
(Christian 12-step approach to alcohol, drug, and other addictions)

Shield of Faith
P.O. Box 46051
Plymouth, MN 55446
(763) 473-3845

Karen Sackett, R.N., M.A.

Singh & Associates
8525 Edinbrook Crossing, Suite #3
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
(763) 525-9900

Paul Singh, M.A.
http://www.rekindlingyourspirit.com/

Solie, Linda J.
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite #700
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 525-2210

Linda J. Solie, Ph.D., L.P.

Staiger, Shannon
1492 Goodrich Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 642-5073 (voice mail)

Shannon Staiger, M.A.

Stender, Julie R.
600 W. 78th Street, Suite #220
Chanhassen, MN 55317
(612) 567-4654

Julie R. Stender, MSW, LICSW
www.starfishservices.net

A Therapy Place
4005 West 65th Street, Suite #214
Edina, MN 55424
(612) 990-4826

Susan Sweeney, M.A.

Topalof, Brooke
13911 Ridgedale Dr., Suite #490
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(612) 910-3470

Brooke Topalof, MA, LMFT
www.marriageprescription.com

Transforming Resources

Kip Wahlquist
Ruth Benjamin
Marla R. Martin

Valley Office Park
10800 Lyndale Ave. S., Suite 191
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 884-5803

Star Bank
250 Prairie Center Dr., Suite #350
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 345-1910

Kip Wahlquist, M.Div., M.A., BCMLC
Pastoral Counselor
Certified Life Coach
Licensed Minister
kip@transformingresources.org

Ruth Benjamin
Pastoral Counselor
Licensed Minister
ruth@transformingresources.org

 

West Metro Christian Counseling

Scott Steinbarger MA

LAMFT
15832 Venture Lane
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Phone: 952-797-2215

 


                                                       Scott Steinbarger MA

www.westmetrochristiancounseling.com

Community and Other Resources*

After Hours Counseling Service
(nationwide, fee-for-service program offering phone counseling service after business hours for employee assistance programs, mental health clinics and public agencies)

612-852-2214

Center for Grief (support groups)

651-641-0177

The Crisis Hotline (24-hour crisis phone line)

612-379-6363

Eagle's Wings (homosexuality issues)

612-781-4110

FamiLink (community resources)

952-975-0444

Family Conflict Resolution Center
(Nyquist Mediation Services)

763-549-8952

First Call for Help (community resources)

651-291-0211

Focus on the Family (resources and national referrals)

1-800-232-6459

Hazelden Treatment Center (chemical dependency)

651-213-4000

Love Lines Crisis Center (crisis hotline)

612-379-1199

The Men's Line
(24-hour phone line for men and others who wish to discuss issues of abuse and violence)

612-379-6367

Minnesota Teen Challenge (chemical dependency)

612-373-3366

Minnesota Valley Life Skills

612-481-8554

New Life Family Services (crisis pregnancy)

612-866-7643

New Life Ministries (resources and national referrals)

1-800-639-5433

Peacemaking Ministry (conflict resolution)

952-224-3149

Teen Education Program
(provides teens with access to mental health info and crisis counseling)

612-852-2223

The Workline (24-hour phone line for MFIP members moving from Welfare to work)

612-852-2225

*Not all of the Community resources listed are Christ-centered. Inquirers will need to "screen" the desired resource to their own satisfaction.