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Prior Lake Counselors

Browse these counselors with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Prior Lake.

  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
George S.
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I chose to work with Todd Smith for many reasons. His free interview is a nice touch and shows an ethical commitment to allowing potential clients to meet him and interview him before spending money. It is also a nice touch that his fee is reasonable! I sought relationship coaching with my wife after working with a counselor that was a good listener but offered very little direction. So we decided to try the coaching approach. Todd offers the best of both worlds - having the knowledge, insight, and background of an experienced counselor and the skill to motivate, teach, and promote change of a life coach. We feel so fortunate to have found him and highly recommend him to those who are highly motivated to do the challenging work of change and growth!

  • 11 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Alina J.
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I cannot possibly say enough positive things about Judith. She is an exceptional healer. Working with Judith can be life changing in every way. I work in the alternative health field and refer clients to Judith on a regular basis. She is one of the few healers I've met who vibrates at a level of true unconditional Love, a necessary component for healing to occur. Her wisdom and understanding and ability to TEACH the healing power of Presence is far above par. No matter your issue or multitude of issues, Judith can guide to leave your "issues" in the past and step into your authentic self.

Jon Newcomb Counseling
4.2
from 14 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen H.
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Jon is extremely intuitive, attentive listener and genuinely seems to care. Even after our 1st session, I could tell that he is the counselor I not only want, but desperately need. Thanks, Jon.

  • 32 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Angela G.
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I actually began my journey with another counselor but I very quickly switched to Ginny's practice because she's so smart and full of great & very effective ideas (I was going through a number of challenges and needed lots of advice). I feel very comfortable with her. She's patient and perceptive. These are among the many important traits to look for in any counselor. I've also been immensely blessed to receive my certification in Reiki I & II with her in recent years... She's a wealth of info here as well and made the learning experience fun... I greatly respect the good ethics and high integrity behind all she does.

  • 16 years in business
Nay O.
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Mrs. JaQueline is an amazing spiritual advisor and counselor, who believes in and takes pride in her clients. I would highly recommend her.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas G.
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Amazing counselor, we had a few skeletons in our closet, so to speak, and Chris worked through them with us. The wedding itself went very well and because he had gotten to know us in counseling, it had a personal touch to it as well. Could not have asked for more.

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John Lenss
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Patrick Z.
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I've know John for several years. We've worked together in business and ministry. John isn't a fresh out of school naive kid or someone with no real world experience. John's wisdom comes both from experience and Godly wisdom. If you're looking for a cardigan wearing, Ned Flanders christian counselor, John is NOT your guy. Lastly, and most importantly, I trust John.

  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah P.
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Our family sought Anna's expertise during and in the years following my divorce. Without going into great detail, my case was a very complicated and multi-faceted one. There were many factors the 2 children needed help working through, and Anna was amazing with them from beginning to end. Her compassion for her clients is overwhelming, as is her ability to connect and forge a strong trusting relationship. Because I know it was an important element to myself choosing a counselor, I'll add that she also presents herself very well professionally should attorneys and judges become necessary. I would recommend her to anyone seeking family counseling. My children adore her and I am forever grateful for her. We would not be where we are today if not for her guidance and dedication.

  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Katie J.
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Tahmi is an excellent therapist. She is worth every penny and then some extra brownie points for being so awesome. She makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. She is very conversational in her approach and everything she has to offer as far as technical and life advice she is very helpful. If you have a session with her, you will sit on a couch or a chair and tell her what you're comfortable telling her. She never pries for information and she helps you think about your problems in a way that doesn't minimize them, but helps you think about them in a different way than you would by yourself. I am so glad that I went on this site and contacted her 2 months ago. I can't recommend her highly enough!!

  • 28 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanne B.
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Craig is a highly intuitive and skilled counselor and coach. He has a positive and principled approach to the human condition. I recommend him without reservation.

  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Patti R.
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I was going through a really rough time. I felt scared,worthless, had no confidence, had lost my faith, and was not sure what the future held. My counselor was wonderful and really helped me. My faith has been restored and I am more confident, successful, and happier than I have ever been. I would not be where I am today without my counselor and I know I can always see her if I need to.

Keely M.
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I was fortunate to have Bill as a Chaplain Supervisor three years ago. My experiences with Bill both as a spiritual advisor and counselor have been wonderful. Bill has the wonderful ability to listen to what is being said on the surface and pick out the juicy pieces underneath. He has helped me many times to see what my real struggles are and then he's able to help me reframe these experiences in a life giving way. Bill has a great passion for people, healing, and wholeness that he brings to his profession. I always feel that his guidance is done with great compassion, insight, and never without a touch of humor and fun as well.

  • 5 years in business
Amber P.
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George has a heart for ministry and to see the broken fixed, the hurting healed, the lost found, and to lead those heading down a dark road to the light (Jesus). He is skilled in counseling, therapy, mentorship, and wedding ceremonies.

About

I believe that everyone is capable of making positive changes regardless of age, circumstances or previous experience. Through careful exploration and diligent work, achieving lasting change is a realistic goal. As a therapist, I am committed to helping you in this process. I enjoy working with a variety of people including individuals, children, couples, families and groups. A special interest of mine is helping clients cope with various forms of loss and life transitions related to family, career and health. These may include relationship struggles, the loss of a loved one, health concerns, career stress and other symptoms of psychological distress. I am solution focused in my practice and I am eager to help you work toward meeting your personal goals. I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 2005, and master's degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2009. I teach college psychology courses. I am also a certified in Pilates, Yoga and group fitness.

  • 6 years in business
About

I am a registered wedding officiant in the State of Minnesota. I'm also available to assist people through premarital counseling (Prepare/Enrich). I am trained to minister in weddings, baptisms, and celebration of life services.

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Past Life Regression I do light hypnosis that looks to the past, including past lives to release blocks and anxieties. Intuitive Counseling This uses traditional counseling techniques with a more spiritual bent that allows for intuition and more alternative views of mental and emotional stresses.

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I have been providing counseling and psychotherapy services in the Minneapolis and St Paul communities for over 30 years. I work to provide a safe environment where we can explore areas of your life that are difficult or may keep you from where you may want to be.  I will help you be more aware of  your strengths and assist you in gaining a better understanding of your difficulties. Ultimately, we can discover together what works best for you in creating a more satisfying life.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

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