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Location 1:
100 East Crystal Lake Road
Burnsville, MN 55306 

Location 2:
222 Main Street
New Prague, MN
952-210-5569
Achenbachp@aol.com
http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Paula_Achenbach_MSLMFT_Burnsville_Minnesota_91829 

I have worked with children and families for over thirty years using creative strategies to encourage children to process feelings. My first degree is child development and I have special training in trauma, attachment and ADHD. My specialties include attachment, adoption, children/families, divorce adjustment, difficult behavior, ADHD, EMDR and parenting. 

I work collaboratively with both parents, teachers and physicians. My home like office provides a supportive atmosphere for both parents and children. Younger children find play therapy helpful, and older children may use art therapy. Codee, my Jack Russel Terrier, is a lively teacher for children of ADHD. ADHD assessments and school consultation available. Childhood is too short to be unhappy. 

During the summer months I work with horses with children on issues of fear, anxiety, ADHD, focusing, self-confidence and attachment. I know what’s it’s like to have a difficult child and the challenges of accessing the system for help. I am a creative relationship based therapist using a variety of approaches including: art, animals; equine assisted, therapeutic dog training, nature based therapy and attachment therapy. Therapy does not have to boring to be affective. 

Additional Information: 

Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Adult (Adopted person)
Couples
Family 

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
Attachment
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim) 

Treatment Modalities:
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAGALA)
Play Therapy: Filial; Experiential

updated Spring/2017

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