" Here are my top, favORITE people AND places. They are in no particular order and are best suited for different needs - grief AND loss, marriage, postpartum, infertility - AND I’ve noted what they are passionate about as well as any first hand experience they have. Read them over, check out their locations and websites and hopefully you’ll find a fit you’ll love! "
I know Trisha through the fertility community and she is a passionate and open-minded collaborator in helping women and couples get stronger through a difficult process. She is a lovely woman and very holistic. She sees a lot of couples and does LGBT work too.
1st Hand Experience - LGBTQ, IVF, 3rd party IVF
Uptown - Minneapolis
Katrin is a fantastic human being and is especially skilled, compassionate and passionate about working with grief and loss. Katrin is also a workshop leader, yoga practitioner and has her own absolutely amazing fertility journey. Her husband Dan works at the same office and sees mostly men which can be a great fit for male partners.
1st Hand Experience - Infant loss, fertility struggles, adoption, pregnancy after loss / infertility
Newer to the list, but a favorite of some of my colleagues, so I’m encouraging others to give her a try and let me know. Debbie does a lot of the mental health screening for couples going through donor cycles for the IVF clinics.
1st Hand Experience - Loss and infertility, fertility treatments
Krista may not currently be taking new clients, but she has a fairly large group of therapists working with her and I’ve heard good things about them too. They tend to do mostly pregnacy / postpartum work as well as a fair amount of fertility work. She is also one of the founders of the MN Post Partum Support Network.
1st Hand Experience - Donor egg IVF, parenting multiples
Maureen is awesome at couples therapy! I don’t think she’s taken new patients for a long time. But it doesn’t hurt to ask and she regularly brings on additional people to train / work with her, and does workshops too. She has a great weekly newsletter that I would encourage you to sign up for even if you don’t see her, because she gives great little ideas, encouragement, etc on marriage and parenting. She’s one of my favorite local people on marriage!
Susanne specializes in helping women in the vulnerable periods of pregnancy and postpartum. I saw her during my own pregnancy and found her insight and experience very helpful in navigating my changing role as a partner, child, and woman in the world. Susanne also does workshops specifically for processing birth trauma and preparing for a subsequent birth after a traumatic birth experience.
Shelly is one of the most calming people to be around. She specializes in mindful and compassion-based therapy. She works a ton with teens and in the schools, but does see some adults. Shelly is gentle and kind and I highly recommend her if her location isn’t too far away for you.
1st Hand Experience - LGBTQ, social justice
Center for Grief, Loss and Transition
This group of therapists can be a very good fit for a lot of the work we do together at Life Healing Life. Grief and loss is a key emotional facet of fertility struggles, and the very situational nature of depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc that come with the turf are well-matched for the approach taken at a grief and loss focused clinic. They also host group sessions for loss of parents, partners, trauma, suicide, and art based grief therapy.
Laura is the amazing marriage and sex therapist who has taught at my Sexy Back events. I love her and her work. She’s spoken all over the world and has even written the book (literally) on female pleasure. She is a wealth of body and sex positive knowledge and is worth seeing if you are struggling with libido, pleasure, connection, body changes, and so many other intersections of sex and life. You’ll love her. She makes what can be a scary topic into an empowering and healthy way to work on your big picture.
SkyHill and Cedar Hill Therapy
Edina - SkyHill and Cedar Hill
Maple Grove - Cedar Hill Only
These clinics have fantastic groups of therapists who really make it their business to know all things sex, relationship and sex, and body and sex. Laura Rademacher started here and has since branched out on her own. I have met the owners and done workshops with them and know they are also really great. They are especially well-suited for body and sex questions (libido, vaginal atrophy, sex while sober, sex after baby, etc) because they have a nurse on site who can do exams and answer sensitive sexual / physical questions about changes in vaginal tissue post menopause, with cancer treatments, etc, as well as therapists who do both individual and couples sessions. SkyHill is the cash / no insurance clinic. Cedar Hill is the insurance-based clinic. They also host workshops for professionals and laypeople on sex and relationship topics.
" Here are some additional suggestions that I know less about, but either recently met or have been highly recommended by others. "
Mindful Families / Alison Peterson
These women are especially focused on postpartum mommas (all but one has struggled with either postpartum anxiety or depression) as well as kiddos. As their name implies they are very mindfulness-based, and I recently had the chance to meet Alison (founder) and found her very professional and lovely. They do Mindful Mondays for Mom drop-in groups, workshops about various parenting subjects and more. Check them out and let me know what you think!
Minneapolis - Uptown
Emily or Colin Hollidge
They are both very holistic and do a lot of yoga and other holistic care. I don't know what portion of their practice is couples, but I do know they see some.
Jennifer sees couples and is skilled with clients who have experienced trauma. I think she now does walk / talk therapy so you might love getting out in nature - but you might not want to cry out in nature publicly :)
Very experienced. She shares office space with another therapist named Thomas Wales with whom she collaborates. Sometimes they will each see a client individually from the same family and then do joint sessions together.
Mindfulness and writing-based therapy.