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My Strong Family
5353 Gamble Drive Ste. 395
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Paul has been in private practice since 1999, helping at-risk children and the thoughtful adults who care for them. He incorporates concepts of attachment and narrative theory into an emotionally warm and playful manner to help clients deepen relationships and solve problems. Areas of expertise overlap between family therapy (traditional, GLBT, adoptive, and foster families), individual / marital therapy, and situations that involve substance abuse.

Paul’s work history includes providing mental health services at Wastedo day treatment setting for 10 years and functioning as in interim clinical director at RiverEast day treatment school.

As a regional trainer and national speaker on topics of anger in the family and marital preservation, he conveys pragmatic information with an entertaining style. The use of vivid metaphors and video segments assist him in consolidating complex concepts into memorable and practical knowledge. These presentations have been received on a local, regional, and national level.

Paul attended Moorhead State College where he earned a B.S. Chemistry and attended graduate school at University Of Minnesota Dental College. Later, he attended St. Mary’s Campus at Riverside where he completed academic requirement for an alcohol and drug certification. In 1999 he earned a Master’s degree in marriage and family counseling at the University of Wisconsin at Stout.

Philosophy of Practice (‘Professional Mission Statement’):
“Support the healing and growth of parents and children by increasing a sense of belonging, acceptance, and mutual accountability within the family. This is accomplished within an emotionally warm setting, fostering safety, humor, and discovery.”

Additional Information

Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)

Areas of Practice Strength:
Fetal 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
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption

Treatment Modalities:
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)


updated Spring 2021

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