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Ellison Center
720 8th Ave N, 
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: 320-406-1600
Fax: 320-406-1700 

Heather@ellisoncenter.org 

Walking along aside others in their journey to help them find hope and healing is something I am passionate about. I value relationships and strive to build a comfortable space for those I work with to process events in their life, find strength in themselves and develop a deeper connection with those in their life. This value has led to a focus of strengthening relationships of young children (birth through five years old) and their caregivers who have experienced adversity, stressful and traumatic events.  

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I utilize a family systems approach and attachment theory with a developmental perspective to help individuals and families grow together while finding comfort within their relationships. My experience involves working with young children and their families in an outpatient day treatment program as well as infants, children, teens and adults in an outpatient therapy setting. I am trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Circle of Security-Parenting. 

Additional Information 

Service Location: Office Based  

Languages Spoken: English 

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
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
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)  

Treatment Modalities:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Play Therapy 

updated Summer 2020

 

updated summer 2020

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    Choosing a Therapist
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    Working with an Adoption Therapist

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