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Adoptive Families and Community Professionals/Members:
Would you like assistance identifying adoption competent resources to address your family’s (or client’s) unique needs?

If so, we invite you to learn more about the MN ADOPT HELP Program.  HELP Program staff would be happy to talk with you and provide individualized referral information for therapeutic, supportive and educational resource options tailored to the situation.

Adoption Focused Therapists:
Does your practice focus on supporting adoptive families and their children? Are you interested in learning more about how your practice information can be included on the MN ADOPT website and/or how to become connected to the MN ADOPT HELP Program.? If so, please email us.

Please Note: The below lists of adoption focused therapists across the state of Minnesota is not exhaustive. The HELP Program has information on many therapeutic and resource options across the state not listed below.

Click on a region below to view the therapists in that area
(see map at the bottom of this page to find your region)

State WideLocationSpecialities
*Deena McMahon, LICSW, MSWState WideRAD, PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, Self-Harming Behavior, History of Physical Abuse, ADD, DBT
TherapistsLocationSpecialities
*Julianne Carlson, MA, LPCC, RPTCambridgeRAD, ADHD, PTSD, Childhood Depression, Personality Disorders, Addictions, Self-Harming Behaviors, Attachment, Early Traumatic Experience, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Adoption Identity, Sexual Abuse (Victim) or (Perpetrator), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Trauma Focused), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy
*Anna Clavin, MA, LMFTSt. CloudSensory Integration, RAD, History of Physical Abuse/Neglect, Sexual Abuse, ADD, PTSD, Childhood Depression, Self-Harming Behaviors, Equine Assisted Therapy, Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Play Therapy
*Rebecca Cluever, MS LMFTSt. CloudYoung Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Couples
Family
Birth/First Parent/Family
Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Attachment
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Scott Emmons MA, LPPine CityReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Adoption Identity
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)
*Amy Gebben, MA, LMFTCambridgeRAD PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, TF-CBT, History of Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, ADD, Self-Harming Behaviors, Eating Disorders
*Alex Gregory MS, LMFTSt. CloudFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Autism
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Brandon Jensen, MS, LMFTSauk RapidsFASD, RAD, PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, History of Physical Abuse, History of Sexual Abuse, ADD
*Cynthia I. Johnson, MSW, LICSWNorth BranchFASD, RAD, PTSD, Childhood Depression, ADD, ODD, Early Traumatic Experience, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Adoption Identity,Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Resiliency Mode, Play Therapy
*Ann Kent, LMFTWright CountyFASD, RAD, PTSD, Attachment, Early Traumatic Experience, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Transracial/Transcultural, Open Adoption, Adoption Identity, Sexual Abuse (Victim), Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Play Therapy, Attachment-focused therapy (Daniel Hughes model)
*Molly McHugh, MSW, LICSWPine City/Coon RapidsRAD, PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, LGBTQ, History of Physical Abuse, History of Sexual Abuse, ADD, Self-Harming Behaviors, TF-CBT
*Signe Miller, MA, LMFTSt. CloudRAD, PTSD, grief and loss related to adoption, childhood depression, Self-Harming Behaviors, Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused - Cognivitive Behavioral Therapy, Sensory Integration, History of Physical Abuse/Neglect, Sexual Abuse, ADD
*James (Jim) Molberg MA, LPPine CityFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Adoption Identity
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFTSt. CloudReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Personality Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)
*Gayle Neuerburg LMFT.Waite ParkPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Lisa Nos-Tollefson, PsyD, LPCCPine CityChildren, Adolescents and families
*Denise Oehrlein, MS, LMFT, RPTSt. CloudFASD, RAD, PTSD, grief and loss related to adoption, childhood depression, Family Work, Play Therapy, History of Physical Abuse/Neglect, History of Sexual Abuse, ADD, Self-Harming behaviors
*Kirstina Quast MSW, LICSWBaxterFFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
TherapistsLocationSpecialities
*Cindy Lee Thomas MSW, LICSWGrand Rapids
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Addictions
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/TransculturalOpen Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
TherapistsLocationSpecialties
TherapistsLocationSpecialities
*Alicia V. Holley, MA, LPCC, ATR-BCBemidjiRAD, PTSD, grief and loss related to adoption, childhood depression, Family Work, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, History of Physical Abuse/Neglect, History of Sexual Abuse, ADD, Self-Harming behaviors, Trauma-Focused Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
*Michele Lovehaug, MSW, LICSW, BCDMoorheadReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Jessica Croatt Niemi, MSSW LICSW IMH-E(IV)BemidjiFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Autism
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Sara Stallman, LICSWFargo, NDADHD, PTSD, Childhood Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Self-Harming Behaviors, Attachment, Early Traumatic Experience, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Transracial/Transcultural, Search & Reunion Support, Open Adoption, Adoption Identity, Sexual Abuse (Victim), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy
*Catherine Yeager, Ph.D.Grand Forks, NDNeuropsychological assessment (ADHD, leaving problems, autism, FAS/FAE, head injury)
TherapistsLocationSpecialities
*Paula Achenbach, MS, LMFT, RPT MFT Supervisor, Sand Play TherapistNew PragueFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Jeanne M. Allen, PsyD, LP, APRN, CNSRochesterAttention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Addictions
Eating Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim) 
*Dwight DoBell LMFT, M.Div.RochesterRAD, PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, Play Therapy, Self-Harming Behavior, History of Physical Abuse, History of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, ADD, TF-CBT, DBT, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Incorporation of Christian Spirituality when appropriate
*Dewina Anderson Kraus, MA, LMFTRochesterPTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Adolescent Depression, Family Work, Self-Harming Behavior, History of Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Addiction
*John McKenzie, Psy.D.RochesterAdult, Couples Counseling
*Melissa Quam, MA, LMFTRochesterReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Personality Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Adoption Identity
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Terri Ross LMFTFaribaultFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)
*Anita L. Smith, MS, LPCC, DCC, PACCMankatoFFASD, RAD, PTSD, Childhood Depression, ADD, OCD, ODD, Attachment, Early Traumatic Experience, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Transracial/Transcultural, Adoption Identity, Sexual Abuse (Victim), Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy, Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Play Therapy
*Sarah Stelzner, MSW, LICSWRochesterReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality Disorders
Eating Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)
*Brittni Timmerman, MS, NCC, LPCC, RPTRochesterRAD, Attachment, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Adoption Identity, Sexual Abuse, PTSD, Childhood Depression, Self-Harming Behaviors, Emotional Freedom Technique, Somatic Experiencing, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, History of Physical Abuse/Neglect, ADD
TherapistsLocationSpecialities
*Mary E. Anderson MA, LAMFTHutchinsonFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Personality Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Sara Barber, MA, LPCCWillmarPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim) 
*Charline L. Bengtson, MA, LMFTWillmar & PaynesvilleReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality Disorders
Eating Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Transracial/Transcultural
Open Adoption
*Lisa J Stellinga, MS, LPC-MH, LACSioux Falls, SDFASD, RAD, PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, Somatic Experiencing, Play Therapy, History of Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, ADD, Addiction, Self-Harming Behaviors, Eating Disorders
*Barbara Zaeska, LICSWPennockFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Reative Attachmnet Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Grief and Loss Related to Adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, Play Therapy, History of Abuse/Neglect, History of Sexual Abuse, ADD
TherapistsLocationSpecialities
*Benjamin Nesbitt, MSW, LICSW.AlexandriaRAD, PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, History of Physical Abuse/Neglect, Sexual Abuse, ADD, Self-Harming Behavior

*This Practitioner is vetted through the MN ADOPT HELP Program.
To learn more about the program, please visit the HELP Program page.  

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