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Dana Butler, LMFT (she/her/they/them)
LMFT in MN 3212 and WI 1203
Services: Individual, family, specific training in MN to use DC0-5 for birth- age 5 assessments, Child Parent Psychotherapy rostered, Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator, EMDR trained, ACES Interface Trainer, Both in person and telehealth (I’ve done all of the listed tasks via tele and in person).
Dana’s message: I am an LMFT who was diagnosed with ADHD late in life. I specialize in working with children and families, GLBTQIA++, Neurodivergent folx and trauma. While I am an expert in mental health YOU are the expert in yourself, your family and your child. We work as a true team bringing our gifts together to create change, advocate to ensure needs are met in and out of therapy, and to bring about healing. When I am not working as a therapist I am laughing with my family which includes a late in life diagnose Autistic and ADHD husband, Autistic and ADHD son, and Twice Exceptional daughter. I am also active in our local communities advocating for equity, support, acceptance and systemic change.
(P) 218-297-0055 (F) 218-326-7961
Facebook: Embrace Mental Health, LLC
Emily Valentine, LICSW (She/Her/Hers)
Licensure: LICSW in Minnesota
Services: Offering therapy to adults and teens
Hello and welcome! I’m Emily, (She/her) and I’m a queer, autistic therapist who specializes in working with trauma, anxiety, and autistic professionals. I know that finding the perfect fit in a therapist can be hard, and I’m glad you’re taking a look at my page to see if I’d work well for you. I work from a neurodiversity-affirming perspective, meaning that I’m going to focus on your strengths and use them to build you up; I believe strongly that we should work with a disability or current strengths, not against them.
I work with folks using reflection to help you dive deeper into who you are and the things that you’re dealing with, using the knowledge that most people are naturally able to use to heal if given the right tools. I focus on giving you tools and language to talk about your experiences, or communicate in other ways if that work better so that you have the space to process whatever it is that is important to you. I use several different experiential therapy techniques, like: sandtray, play therapy, and EMDR, meaning that therapy with me doesn’t need to be only talking. I value you as my client and as the center of my practice; this means I ask for feedback! Different tools and approaches work for different people, and if something I do doesn’t work, then I can change that. I believe that having open communication makes a great, healthy, therapeutic relationship and that relationship is at the core of your healing process.
What sets me apart as a therapist is that I focus on all aspects of the person; all areas of health, identity, and the environment. People don’t live in a silo, so treating them like they do doesn’t help them use their strengths to reach their goals. In my office, we’ll talk about relationships, the past, identity (and how different identities experience power and oppression), and empowerment. We’ll also do a lot of laughing– I love a great pun :)! I love to work with people who are exploring their identity. I fully encourage fidgets and stimming during sessions– whatever works for you!
I work at Affinity Psychological Services as a therapist and am the founder of Affirm Counseling MN where I provide therapy, autism and ADHD assessments, accommodation letters, and transition letters for a private pay fee.
Danielle’s message: I am the founder of My Autistic Therapist which offers online autistic-centered psychotherapy, coaching, support groups and a monthly membership community for autistic adults. I am a licensed therapist who is Autistic (PDA), ADHD & queer with chronic medical issues (and I am a mother of neurodivergent children with chronic medical issues). My approach as a therapist is person-centered, warm, existential, and insightful. I have received specialized training in Perinatal Mental Health, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness, and Person-Centered Psychotherapy. Virtual Therapy is available for people residing in the states of California, Florida, Arkansas, and Minnesota. Please note that I am not in-network with any insurance carriers. Coaching, support groups, and the Late-Discovered Autistic Membership Community is available to autistic adults residing anywhere in the world.
Licensure: I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), licensed in Minnesota.
Services: Individual therapy to adults via telehealth.
Melissa’s Message: I am an autistic genderfluid ADHDer who is committed to doing my own work by continuing to educate myself about intersectionality. My style has been influenced by Feminist Theory which emphasizes the ways that systemic oppression affects mental health. I promise to avoid the “Minnesota nice” approach and instead show up in a way that is honest, straightforward, and kind.
Types of therapy I offer: I specialize in using an anti-ableist approach to help people who are struggling with procrastination and perfectionism. I like to balance empathy with problem solving and I often use DBT and Solutions Focused techniques. I also offer EMDR via telehealth!
Services: Individual, Relational, Family Therapy, both in-person and via Telehealth
Tessa’s message: I decided to become a therapist because I was so disappointed in the therapy I had received. Providers explained away things that shouldn’t have been, and I wasn’t viewed holistically. I felt overlooked, ignored, and hopeless. I work hard to ensure my clients never experience that. I accomplish this goal through a transparent, funny, collaborative, and experiential approach. My orientation borrows from Motivational Interviewing, Somatic-Experiential, and IFS. From there, I successfully get clients “unstuck” by challenging them in new, surprising, and unconventional ways. I intentionally push people 20% past where they are comfortable (because that’s where the growth happens!) and ensure they have the skills to navigate, manage, and address discomfort long-term.
I specialize in OCPD (Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder), Generalized Anxiety, Intercultural Relationships, and High Achievers.
Augustin’s message: Clients come to therapy with pain, uncertainty, and big questions. I take a relational, existential, liberationist, and somatic approach to co-creating a relationship that can hold you as you explore yourself fully, learn to be vulnerable, heal your trauma, and develop more fulfilling and meaningful relationships. I work with men, queer and trans folks, and chronically ill/disabled folks on emotional literacy, developing insight and self-compassion, integrating parts of self, and finding empowerment in living your story. I’m well versed in kink, polyamory, and other atypical relationship structures. I know you can find your way to a life of radical authenticity and joy.
Services: Neurodiversity-affirming therapy for children, adolescents, and adults; Diagnostic Evaluations/Assessment for Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, mood disorders, etc with focus on both children and adults. Michael is especially interested in assessing and supporting high masking individuals.
Michael’s Message: Using a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and neurodiversity-affirming affirming approach, I aim to provide quality mental health and evaluation services to children, adolescents, adults and families from racial and ethnic minorities and communities impacted by social and economic marginalization. Private pay with flexible payment plan and sliding scale options available.
Services: Diagnostic Evaluations/Assessment for Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, mood disorders, etc.
Jessica’s message: Our team is passionate about providing neurodiversity-affirming evaluations for all ages, which are conducted remotely via telehealth. We specialize in autism evaluations for women and high-masking individuals. We are private pay and provide flexible payment plan and sliding scale options.
Services: I offer individual, family and couple’s counseling with virtual options and in-person options out of my office in Maple Grove.
Anna’s message: I am an #actuallyautistic mental health professional working at Ellie Mental Health Maple Grove. I’ve provided individual, group, couple’s and family therapy to autistic folks of all ages. Since being at Ellie I have provided professional trainings to other mental health providers to continue to combat the stigma and educate the masses. You will find that I am a kind, quirky and direct therapist with a personal and professional interest in neurodivergence.
Services: Ages 13+, Individual, Couples, in person and telehealth
Kera’s message: I am a mental health therapist who was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD late in life. I strongly believe that there is no “one size fits all” approach to counseling and strive to create an environment that is non-judgmental, culturally responsive, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and sex positive. As someone who spent most of my life masking my neurodivergence, I know how inaccessible the world can be. I prioritize creating a space where clients can explore their authentic selves and sensory needs without fear of rejection – and I show up as my authentic self! I often utilize fidgets, movement, or coloring during sessions to accomodate my sensory needs and encourage my clients to do what they need as well! I’m passionate about working with teenagers, young adults, and neurodivergent folks! I am trained in Sand Tray therapy and like to utilize creative approaches in addition to talk therapy (art therapy, sand tray, music therapy, etc.).
Form of payments accepted: insurance, HSA, private pay
Auden’s message: I am a queer, autistic, and board-certified art therapist trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, psychodynamic, and creative art therapy processes. I take a person-centered, humanistic approach to my work with clients. I provide therapy with a feminist and social justice allied lens. I provide neurodiversity-affirming individual sessions for adults in-person and through telehealth. My approach is trauma-informed (EMDR and SE), LGBTQIA+ affirming, gender-affirming, sex worker positive, and poly, ENM and atypical relationship-affirming.
Payment accepted: Alex is a pre-licensed clinician and is working under the supervision of Jared Spencer. It is important to ensure that you check with insurance beforehand for coverage (check for coverage at Lorenz Clinic with Jared Spencer), that said, these are insurances we should be in network with: Aetna/First Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, EAP Works, Balance EAP, Medica, Minnesota HealthCare Programs, PrimeWest, Select Care, South Country Health Alliance, Team EAP, UCare, UMR, and United Behavioral Health.
Services: Individual therapy to ages 6-40 years old. In person and telehealth.
Alex’s message: I am an Autistic (+ multiply neurodivergent), disabled and queer therapist. I am to be anti-racist, neurodivergent and queer affirming in my therapy, while acknowledging that I am always learning and growing in these areas. As a late diagnosed Autistic person, Autism has become a special interest, and I am passionate about working with neurodivergent clients and exploring alongside them, what it means for them to be neurodivergent, how they can move through the world in a way that feels supportive to their neurotype and an authentic expression of who they are. I aim to unmask in session, you’ll often find me fidgeting / stimming, and shifting around. I take an ecological systems and strength based approach and I offer sand tray therapy; play therapy; CBT, including Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD and anxiety disorders; DBT; ACT; mindfulness based approaches; and solution focused therapy.
Services: Teletherapy and in studio, one-on-one art therapy and psychodynamic, trauma -rained, neurodivergent clinical counseling. Group in person art therapy. Online self-directed “Sacred Crafts” classes in 2024. I also offer supervision and consultation for creative or art based therapists.
Payment accepted: I intentionally choose to not work directly with insurance companies for many reasons, including privacy reasons for my clients. I do out of network benefits with super bills if requested, and I mostly private pay but offer financially accessible options based on need and availability. You can learn more on my website.
Emily’s message: Alchemy is the combining of seemingly disparate items of duality to create a new pathway, outcome, or object. I blend trauma-healing neuroscience, social justice, and art therapy with open, creative and embodied conversation to help my clients facilitate healing. I work with adult individuals who are interested in healing and growing. I mostly work with LGBTQIA+, Queer, ND, and/or poly/ENM folks.