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Do you feel overwhelmed, confused or struggling with relationships? My passion is for you to live life to the fullest. I specialized working with adolescents. Also, I help individuals, couples and families in the Rochester, Minnesota area. I will work hard to provide personalized, safe and compassionate environment for you to find real and meaningful solutions to your situation. I will help you to find hope and to feel empowered. So, if you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or stressed, I will help you move forward in life. Go ahead and pick up the phone, or e-mail me today.

  • 11 years in business

Suzanne Prestridge LPCC, Licensed School Counselor Rochester, MN Area sueprestridge - Licensed Professional School Therapist, Byron elementary school. • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with 4000 + hours of experience in private practice including marital therapy and individual therapy with children, adolescents & adults with a wide variety of diagnoses. • Licensed K - 12 School Counselor with experience counseling students on academic, career, social,family and personal issues as well as standardized test administration and classroom presentations. • Exceptional depth and breadth of counselor training with 27 + years of experience in the areas of Mental Health, Marital, School, Vocational/Medical Rehabilitation, EAP, and Addictions counseling. Graduate Candidate, University of MN - Addictions program toward LADC Willing to relocate to: Saint Paul, MN Authorized to work in the US for any employer WORK EXPERIENCE Behavioral Health Care Specialist/Coach Cigna Insurance Company - Eden Prairie, MN - August 2012 to Present Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Self-employed Owatonna & Eden Prairie, MN School Counselor - Long-Term Substitute, Medford Public Schools Medford, MN School Counselor Practicum, Medford Public Schools Medford, MN Therapist, Gerard Academy Austin, MN April, 2008-September 2008 Anger Management Counselor, MESA Practicum Shakopee, MN 1993-1994 (600 hours) College Instructor, Riverland Community & Technical College (1 semester) Owatonna, MN Patient Navigator, American Cancer Society/Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Center (Nov, 2003-June, 2004) Rochester, MN Tobacco Cessation Counselor, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN (April, 1999 - November, 2001) Disability Specialist - Medical & Vocational, Federated Insurance (July,1982 - December, 1997) Minneapolis, MN Vocational Assessment Specialist, Career Solutions, Minneapolis, MN Self-Employed part time & Behavioral Health Specialist/Coach Suzanne M. Prestridge, MA, LPCC & Cigna - Eden Prairie, MN - August 2008 to Present Testing & Assessment • Conducted in-depth, comprehensive clinical assessments of client's need for EAP Services includingmental health, emotional well-being & addiction disorders as well as childcare, parenting, eldercare, education, legal, financial, and work issues. • Administered, scored and interpreted standardized and non-standardized aptitude, achievementand interest tests with worker's compensation and vocational rehabilitation clients. • Administered standardized tests to groups of students in school settings including the MCA, NWEA,PSAT, PLAN and EXPLORE. • Performed intake assessment interviews with patients in a tobacco cessation program. Licensed School Counselor junior & senior high School Counseling & Education - Medford, MN - January 2009 to November 2011 to junior Provided academic advising, career planning & counseling XXXX and senior high school students. • Taught developmental psychology at post-secondary level with responsibility for curriculum development, coordination of class projects, operation of media, and public speaking. • Taught patient education classes on coping with cancer and family communication skills. • Assisted with behavioral management for children & adolescents with EBD diagnoses in a classroom environment. Case Management • Provided case management and coaching/counseling to vocational rehabilitation clients, chronically ill patients with mental health issues, and families with adolescents hospitalized for depression or anxiety. • Facilitated appropriate referrals to benefit plans & community resources, arranged physical and vocational evaluations, and thoroughly documented all case activity while adhering to defined case management procedures. • Analyzed and synthesized client information from multiple sources including interviews, education & medical records, diagnostic evaluations, and professional consultations. • Conducted team meetings to prepare students for transition & reintegration into school, home and community environments. • Developed individualized vocational training plans based upon client's aptitudes, education, physical abilities and career goals. • Demonstrated thorough understanding of key legislation impacting the workplace such as ADA, DOT,HIPAA/HITECH Act, ACA and Duty to Warn. Employment Counselor Rochester Job Service & Minneapolis Job Service - Rochester, MN - November 1982 to September 1993 Responsibilities Assisted adolescents and adults in job seeking skills, job search, providing resources, referrals and employer visits for network. Helped out with aptitude and assessments. . Accomplishments Became knowledgeable about occupational outlooks, labor data, job seeking and job search resources Skills Used Data processing, used labor market information, counseling skills Human Services Specialist Minnesota Learning Center - Brainerd, MN - June 1981 to August 1983 Responsibilities Worked with SPMI (adults) and adolescent emotional behavior disorder students in residential treatment facilities. EDUCATION Graduate Candidate (practicum needed) in Addictions University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN 2015 to 2016 M.A. in Counseling Psychology St. Mary's University - Winona, MN B.A. in Psychology & Business Administration Minnesota State University - Mankato, MN School Counselor Endorsement in School Counselor K-12 University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN SKILLS Type 90 wpm, Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, corporate databases (10+ years), Public Relations (10+ years), Counseling (10+ years), Addictions Counselor - Graduate Candidate toward LADC, U of MN (Less than 1 year) CERTIFICATIONS LPCC October 2016 Licensed School Counselor K-12 February 2010 to February 2021 School/guidance counselor grades K-12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Papers Presented: University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN Belonging & Friendships in Middle School Effective Assessment in Middle School

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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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