Christian Counseling Services

In response to the love of Jesus Christ for all people, this agency provides Christian human care for individuals, families, and congregations in accordance with God's Word.

Helpful Questions to Ask When Choosing a Counselor

When appropriate, and applicable, advice of your local pastor should be sought. Finding the right counselor can be an overwhelming task. This is the person you are inviting into your life, and you will be sharing your hurt, pain, frustration, shame, mistakes, hopes and joys. You want to feel both comfortable with your counselor and confident in their ability to help you.

The following questions are provided to help you in the process of finding a counselor who might be a good fit for you. Pick a few questions from the list to get started.

Questions about the counselor

  • What license, certification, or training qualifies you as a counselor?
  • What counseling issues do you feel you are best trained to handle?
  • What is your experience in working with ___ (your issue) ____?
  • What are your religious beliefs, and how are they practiced?

Questions about the therapy process

  • What do you think is the goal of therapy?
  • Can you tell me a bit about your approach to therapy? 
    (How does this counselor approach problems and help the client towards healing?)
  • What methods do you employ?
  • What’s the number of sessions you think we’ll need?
  • What’s expected from me? 
    (For instance, are there homework assignments?)

Questions about their accessibility

  • Where is your office located?
  • What days and times do you see people for therapy?

Questions about cost

  • How much do you charge for therapy sessions?
  • Do you accept insurance payments? Are you a provider on my network?
  • Do you offer a sliding scale or discounts? If so, what are the requirements?

Consider asking yourself these questions during and after your first session:

  • Did you feel comfortable with the counselor?
  • Did you feel heard by the counselor?
  • Does this seem like a safe place to express your thoughts, concerns and feelings?
  • Did the counselor seem like a real person or were they playing a role?
  • Was the counselor passive or active in the session? What do you like better?
  • Are you comfortable with the counselor’s worldview and beliefs?
  • Did you feel better or worse after the session?

As you’re listening to the counselor’s responses, consider if you’re comfortable with what they say. Also, don’t hesitate to ask any other questions you need to in order to figure out if this counselor is right for you.

 


Counselors (A-L)

Don Beiswenger, MA, LMFT
Prairie Lakes Corporate Center II
11010 Prairie Lakes Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
952-746-2522

Specialties: Marital Concerns, Parenting and family matters, Children and Adolescent themes, Men’s and Women’s issues, Spiritual concerns, Communication skills, Anxiety disorders, Stress management, Guilt and shame healing, Relational dynamics, Problematic behavior patterns, Church worker issues

Michael Branchaud, MA, LPC
Seek The Truth Counseling
2489 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN 55113
seekttc@aol.com
www.seekthetruthcounseling.com
651-528-7550

Specialties: ADHD, Anger, Depression, Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality, Grief, Homosexuality, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Personality disorders, Sexual addictions, Spiritual abuse, Spousal abuse, Stress reduction, Substance abuse, Suicide, Men’s issues, Couple counseling

David P. Cotner, PHD
Freedom Christian Counseling, LLC
9000 101st Ave.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55455
david@freedomchristiancounseling.com 
763-645-5314

Specialties: All types of abuse, demonization issues and dissociation (DID)

Gerald Dahl, MSW, APA
Dahl & Associates
7575 Golden Valley Road 
Golden Valley, MN 55427
jerryd@stmi.biz
763-542-1199

Specialties: Anger, Blended families, Crisis counseling, Depression, borderline personality, Grief, Marriage and family, Phobias and anxiety, Personality disorders, Spousal abuse, Stress reduction, Suicide

Amanda Gerdts, MS, LMFT, CCTP, NCC 
Footnotes: Family Counseling Services 
P.O. Box 1815
North Mankato, MN 56002 amanda.gerdts@gmail.com 
507-351-8799 

Specialties: ADHD, Adolescence Anger, Crisis counseling, Depression, Grief, Marriage and family, Pain management, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Sexual abuse, Sexual addictions, Sexual assault, Sex-ual dysfunctions, Spiritual abuse, Stress reduction, Substance, abuse, Suicide, Youth, Women’s issues, Premarital Counseling and Classes 

Claire Haedike, MA, LMFT
Lakeville Behavioral Health
165th Street W.
Lakeville, MN 55044
claireh@frontier.com
952-435-0022

Specialties: Adolescence, Depression, Eating disorders, Borderline personality, Marriage and family, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Stress reduction, Women’s issues, Chronic stress, Career issues, Premarital counseling

Joanne Harste, MA, LMFT, LLC
13750 Crosstown Drive NW, Suite 106 
Andover, MN 55304

2nd Site (Fridays) - 261 Broadway Street E., Monticello, MN 55362
joharste@msn.com
651-353-5453

Specialties: Adolescence, Anger, Blended families, Chronic illness, Crisis counseling, Crisis pregnancy, Depression, Borderline personality, Grief, marriage and family, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Personality disorders, Spiritual abuse, Stress reduction, Substance abuse, Youth

William Hicks, MA Marriage Family Therapist
Clear Passage Counseling
7671 Central Avenue N., Suite 202
Fridley, MN 55432
billhicks@clearpassagecounseling.com
www.clearpassagecounseling.com
763-786-8067

Specialties: ADHD, Adolescence, Anger, Blended families, Chronic illness, Crisis counseling, Depression, Eating disorders, Borderline personality, Grief, Homosexuality, Marriage and family, Pain management, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Sexual abuse, Sexual addictions, Sexual assault, Sexual dysfunctions, Spiritual abuse, Spousal abuse, Stress reduction, Substance abuse, Suicide, Youth

Daniel C. Loe, MS, NCC 
Cornerstone Christian Counseling 
Appointments available in New Ulm and North Mankato 
ccc@cstonechristianco.org 
507-354-1147

Specialties: Anger, Blended families, Child abuse, Chronic illness, Crisis counseling, Crisis pregnancy, Depression, Borderline personality, Geriatric, Grief, Homosexuality, Marriage and family, Pain management, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Sexual abuse, Sexual addictions, Sexual assault, Spiritual abuse, Spousal abuse, Stress reduction, Substance abuse, Suicide, Youth

 

Counselors (M-Z) 

Margaret P. Moore, LMFT, RN
Experiencing Moore, LLC
Good Shepherd Church
2700 7th Avenue NE
Owatonna, MN 55060
margaretmoore2@charter.net
507-363-9063

Specialties: Depression, Phobias, Anxiety disorders, Anger, Chronic illness, Grief, PTSD (trauma, including war), Borderline personality disorders, Spiritual abuse, Sexual addictions and dysfunctions, Stress, Substance abuse, Adjustment Disorders

Gregory W. Nelson, MS, LP
Mankato Clinic
1400 Madison Avenue, Suite 352
Mankato, MN 56001
gregn@mankato-clinic.com
507-387-3195

Specialties: Adolescence, Depression, Grief, marriage and family, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Stress reduction, Substance abuse

Jon Newcomb, MA, LMFT 
Restorations for Life Counseling Ministries
5820 74th Avenue N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 jnewcomb2000@gmail.com
763-503-3747

Specialties: Anger, Blended families, Crisis counseling, Depression, Grief, Marriage and family, PTSD, Sexual abuse, Sexual addictions, Spiritual abuse, Spousal abuse, Stress reduction, Suicide

Gerald Schwanke, MS, M.Div, LMFT

PrairieCare Medical Group
111 Hundertmark Rd. Suite 205N Chaska, MN 55318 gschwanke@prairie-care.com
952-903-1350 ext. 1383
Scheduling: 952-903-1370

Specialties: Marriage and Family issues; attachment and adoption issues; trauma related issues; grief and loss; church worker and spirituality related issues; child and adolescent issues such as depression, anxiety, defiant, and ADHD; adult anxiety and depression; abuse related issues; parenting issues; and other emotional related difficulties.  

Shannon Staiger, MA, LICSW, Licensed Psychotherapist
Macalester Groveland Neighborhood in St. Paul
shannonlstaiger@aol.com
651-642-5073

Specialties: Blended families, Chronic illness, Crisis counseling, Crisis pregnancy, Depression, Geriatric, Grief, Homosexuality, Marriage and family, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Sexual abuse, Sexual addictions, Sexual assault, Sexual dysfunctions, Spiritual abuse, Spousal abuse, Stress reduction, Suicide, Women’s issues, Family of origin issues, Verbal/emotional abuse, Life transitions, Death and dying/end of life work

Kate Walsh Soucheray, MAT, MA, LMFT
Christian Heart Counseling
275 3rd Street South, Suite 303
Stillwater, MN 55082 kate@christianheartcounseling.com
www.christianheartcounseling.com
651-208-9829

Specialties: ADHD, Adolescence, Anger, Blended families, Children, Childabuse, Depression, Eating disorders, Grief, Marriage and family, Youth, Women’s issues, Teen suicide, School issues for elementary, middle and high school, Organizational issues and training for children, teens, and adults, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Growth

Suzanne Stoltenberg, MSW, Psychotherapy
4813 Larkspur Lane
Edina, MN 55435
sgslcc@gmail.com
952-926-2757

Accepts most insurances including medicare, medicaid and Cigna EAP for church workers.

Specialties: ADHD, Adolescence, Anger, Blended families, Children, Crisis counseling, Crisis pregnancy, Depression, Geriatric, Grief, Marriage and family, Pain management, Phobias and anxiety, Stress reduction, Suicide, Youth, Women’s issues

Daniel Vance, MS, LPCC
Counseling Services
Office Address:
101 W. Robinson Street
Lake Crystal, MN 56055
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 154
Vernon Center, MN 56090
danieljvance@gmail.com
507-726-6550

Specialties: Adolescence, Chronic illness, Crisis counseling, Depression, Geriatric, Grief, Phobias and anxiety, PTSD, Stress reduction, Substance abuse, Suicide, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness