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Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Caregivers and Community Professionals/Members:

Choosing a therapist that is well versed in trauma, attachment and adoption/permanency related considerations can feel daunting. You are not alone! If you could benefit from FREE assistance identifying appropriate resources specific to your family’s (or client’s) unique needs, we invite you to contact the MN ADOPT HELP Program.

HELP Program Specialists would be happy to talk with you and provide individualized referral information to therapeutic, supportive and educational resource options tailored to the situation.

Contact the HELP Program directly at 612-746-5137 or Toll-Free at 855-670-HELP

Therapists:

Do you work with adoptive, foster and kinship families?

Are you interested in expanding your professional understanding regarding trauma, attachment, adoption and permanency?

Are you interested in learning more about becoming professionally connected to the MN ADOPT HELP Program’s Therapist Network (which includes the option of having your practice information included on the MN ADOPT website)?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, we invite you to learn more by visiting: https://www.mnadopt.org/help-prog/info-for-therapists/

Please Note: The below lists of adoption focused therapists across the state of Minnesota are not exhaustive. The HELP Program has information on many therapeutic and resource options across the state not listed below and would welcome the opportunity to talk with you further about your needs in order to provide individualized referral information to therapeutic, supportive and educational resource options tailored to the situation.

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

TherapistsLocationSpecialties
*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. CloudReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
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
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*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)
*Jennifer Doeden MA, LMFTBig LakeReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
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
Adoption Identity
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)
*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
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
*Johanna Hauck MSW, LICSWPine CityReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
*Brandon Jensen, MS, LMFTSauk RapidsReactive 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)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)
*Cynthia I. Johnson, MSW, LICSWNorth BranchFASD
RAD
PTSD
Childhood Depression
ADD
ODD
Early Traumatic Experience
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identit
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma Resiliency Mode
Play Therapy
*Ann Kent, LMFTWright CountyFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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)
*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 depressionSelf-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)
*Gayle Neuerburg LMFT.St. CloudAttention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Personality Disorders
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. 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)
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
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Kirstina Quast MSW, LICSWBaxterFetal 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)
*Heather Trettel MS, LMFTSt. CloudReactive 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)
TherapistsLocationSpecialties
*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
TherapistsLocationSpecialties
*Elissa (Ellie) Anderson MSW, LICSW
C
Park RapidsReactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) 
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)              
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Autism
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
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/Transcultural
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*Alicia V. Holley, MA, LPCC, ATR-BCBemidjiOppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Adoption Identity
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*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)
TherapistsLocationSpecialties
*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, LMFTRochesterAttention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Personality Disorders
Addictions
Self-Harming Behaviors
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
*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)
*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, RPTRochesterFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
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)
TherapistsLocationSpecialties
*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
TherapistsLocationSpecialties
*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
State WideLocationSpecialties
*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

*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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