Parenting Counselor South Saint Paul MN

Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day'to'day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses.

Dr. Sharon F Swanson
(507) 322-3741
2179 Stewart Avenue, Unit #2
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Emotional Disturbance, Parenting, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: MN School of Professional Psychology
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Martin J Schoen
(651) 356-6244
Home- & Community-based private practiceP.O. Box 130891
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Family Conflict, Parenting, Child or Adolescent, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of St. Thomas
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$170 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Medica

Mr. Steve J. Ruff
(612) 293-9348 x33
Steven J. Ruff, M.A., LMFT LLC6607 18th Ave. S.
Richfield, MN
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting
Qualification
School: St. Mary''s University
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: I am out of network with insurance plans

Ms. Beth Prendi
(952) 239-3532
Hope and Healing Therapy Center, LLC14031 Burnhaven Drive
Burnsville, MN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce
Qualification
School: St. Mary''s University
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 2 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$40 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Michelle C Peterson
(651) 301-8650
MN Mental Health Consulting7200 France Avenue South
Edina, MN
Specialties
Parenting, Relationship Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Indiana State University
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$80+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Sarah Pavek
(651) 674-3976
Sarah Pavek M.A,L.P.1437 Marshall Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
selective Mutism, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: St. Mary''s college
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$130 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Karen Heyer
(715) 318-2446
The House of Hope3411 St. Croix Trail South
Afton, MN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Loss or Grief, Parenting, children with special n, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Alfred Adler Institute
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Kelly Dial
(612) 568-7923
Adlerian Counseling Center1500 McAndrews Road W
Burnsville, MN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Empty Nest Issues, Parenting
Qualification
School: Adler Graduate School
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Lynne Silva-Breen
(612) 217-4184
Inspiring Change +1500 McAndrews Rd. W
Burnsville, MN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Argosy University, Twin Cities
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $130
Payment Methods
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out-of-Network provider

Ms. Mary Kay Lowe
(612) 326-9189
Mary Kay Lowe, MA LMFT7200 France Ave. So. #223
Edina, MN
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Saint Mary''s University of Minnesota
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

No Child Left Bananas

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By Elizabeth Marglin

Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression. With all the stimulation that bombards children, the new three Rs—rest, relaxation, and reflection—may prove to be as important as reading, writing, and ’rithmetic.

In response to the traumatic events of September 11, Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008), developed a curriculum to help strengthen children’s ability to cope with stress. The following exercises can be taught to children 5 and older.

Create a peace corner.
Organize a special area where she can go to be quiet. You can include a photo of her favorite place, elements from nature, calming pictures, chimes, and quiet instrumental music.

Make room for silence.
While silence and kids may be a contradiction in terms, you can still try to
include silent breaks in your daily routine. For example, if you always listen to the radio or music when you drive, make it a family practice to have a few minutes of silence at the beginning and end of the car ride, and ask children to notice what they see, hear, and feel during that time.

Honor nature.
Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day-to-day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses. For example, pick a place outdoors, and then observe, together, how that spot changes through the seasons.

Check in.
Young children are quite adept at tuning in to their bodies’ signals, but as they get older, cultural conditioning often diminishes this innate ability. Help your child recognize the signs of stress—jumpiness, fast breathing, tight feelings in the chest, tense muscles, and upset stomach—as a first step in teaching him how to release it.

—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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