I have been a psychotherapist for more than 30 years, which means I have a great deal of experience and training in my field. I am dedicated and compassionate, and know how to help people master their difficulties and build a beautiful life. I'd love the opportunity to work with you.
My office setting is also unique. Recently, I moved my office from an urban setting to one which is surrounded by trees, birds, gardens. My office is on my home property, but is a separate building with a private entrance. Clients often comment that just being in my office space is healing and comforting to them, and helps them feel safe and peaceful, encouraging mindfulness and promoting healing.
I have always loved people, and I am constantly reminded of the tremendous resilience of the human spirit by my clients. Often, I am amazed by what my clients have been through, and it is a remarkable experience to be part of their healing process. It is profoundly satisfying to help ease someone's suffering, to help them build a rewarding life no matter what the past has put them through. I love to be part of that transformation.
I feel challenged and encouraged. I feel like Ginny’s focus was on me, listening closely and offering wisdom mixed with a sense of humor and joy. I am grateful she is part of my life.
Ginny is tops at listening, asking questions and gently helping me better understand myself. She inspires confidence, brings joy and is a person to count on. Her skills are excellent and you feel her kindness.
In my 5 years of work with Ginny, I have received personal and compassionate therapy that has helped me get through major life transitions and every day challenges. She is dependable and a constant voice that has helped me achieve wholeness and well being in many aspects of my life, personal and professional. I highly recommend working with Ginny and have referred friends and family to her practice.
During the first session, we talk about what you want to accomplish in therapy. I also tell you about my style and expectations...how I work. We usually review your intake information together and discuss your history as it relates to the problem you want to address. This process is the same whether you are by yourself, with a partner or with other family members. We also talk about general issues like privacy, payment, policies. We summarize what we talked about and begin to form a treatment plan. I may suggest homework to help you apply what you’re learning. The time flies by and we end the session wishing we had far more time. We schedule our next appointment. When you leave my office you feel hopeful, more optimistic and confident, and you are looking forward to coming back.
I have two masters degrees, one in Psychology and one in Marriage and Family therapy. I also have done several years of coursework toward my doctorate. I am licensed by the state of MN as a Psychologist and also as a marriage and family therapist. I attend ongoing workshops in contemporary topics in my field such as trauma treatment, mindfulness and integrative techniques. There are many topics of study to continue my own learning. I also provide training to other psychotherapists. In addition I attend and facilitate biweekly meetings for women in psychology. In the past I have taught clinical skills to students in the university and college systems.
I charge $150 per session. Some people access their mental health coverage which pays a large portion of my fee, while many others prefer to pay cash for my services.
Ever since I was a kid, other kids would ask me for advice---really! It has been that way ever since...no matter where I go or who I'm with, people open up and share their stories with me. I was raised in a family where service to others was an important value, so all of my siblings are in some aspect of human services. I grew up volunteering, helping out neighbors, many aspects of informal helping. Then when it was time for college, I did my formal study in my field
I have worked in and managed nonprofits throughout my career, and have always been in private practice as well. So I have a broad range of experience with individuals, couples, families, groups at all income levels and ages/stages of life. Today I work mainly with adults, individually and couples.
We have had three new babies born in my extended family within the past nine months...lots of joy for me!
I participated in three ski race events (non competitive) in the last few months...two 10 Ks and a 15K..the Birkie, Loppet and Yellowstone.
Last week we picked up a dozen baby chicks to raise for laying hens
First I would determine what I could afford to spend, and whether I wanted to use health insurance benefits. If I could afford it, I would pay out of pocket for my services. I mention cost because it is an important aspect of who you are able to see and narrows your search and saves your precious time.
The most important aspect of whether or not a therapeutic alliance will be effective is quality of relationship...you will know in your gut as soon as you meet with or even talk on the phone with a provider whether or not you like and can connect easily with them. You should feel hopeful and supported. If you don't feel that way right away, or at least by the end of the first session, then keep looking til you find the right person. Don't tolerate substandard care-this is essential!
What they are looking for, what their goals are. If you've been in therapy before and it was a great experience, then you have a sense of what you're looking for. If not, then educate yourself about what to expect from a care provider-ask friends who have had a good experience, ask other professionals you already know, if its a new provider unknown to you, a few minute phone call can be a great way to decide who to see.