Choices Psychotherapy began as a sole practice in 1993, providing therapy to high- risk youth and families. By 1999, it was evident that the greater need was the larger community and Choices became a group practice providing skills and therapy to high-risk children and families. We have been committed to helping our clients find a path that supported a different direction in life that was more self-sustaining. Over time Choices Psychotherapy grew to include an outpatient clinic providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Choices Psychotherapy evolved from my life of changing directions, finding a path. I have had the good fortune and guidance of gentle guides and mentors who have walked with me down many paths and turns in the road.
My career has spanned over 30 years in the mental health field. What I have come to treasure along the way is the value and power of community, connecting, and embracing the unknown. The unknown has grown into a mid-sized mental health practice spanning over two decades and multi-locations.
Being committed to a greater Minneapolis community, Choices Psychotherapy has remained centrally located to the clients we serve. In assessing the needs of the community, Choices added Psychiatry to the array of services we offer so that clients do not have to go to different clinics to get their mental health needs met.
Over the years the thought of expanding Choices was always an idea. That idea became a reality in August 2016. After researching the communities surrounding Minneapolis and Minnetonka we decided to open a second location in Chanhassen. The cities of Chanhassen, Waconia, Chaska, Victoria and surrounding cities are underserved with respect to mental health services and Choices can fulfill that need. We offer the same quality of outpatient mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families as we do in Minnetonka.
I am grateful for the therapists and psychiatrists who work at Choices Psychotherapy. They are some of the most dedicated, talented clinicians that I have known and have the pleasure to work with. An equally amazing administrative team supports the entire clinic. Every day we face many unknowns as mental health has its own path. All of us at Choices Psychotherapy are committed to guiding and supporting every single client on a path towards change and happiness.
If life consists of a series of serendipitous choices, I count myself fortunate and grateful for those leading me to connect with and join Choices Psychotherapy in 2005. After years of gaining life and business experience in various non-profit and for-profit human service arenas, my dreams and path led me to graduate school in the mid 1990’s to fulfill a long-held aspiration of supporting people as a licensed mental health professional.
Receiving validation and encouragement from so many amazing people along my way inspired me to learn how to effectively pass this gift along to others. More specifically, I envisioned a “one-stop shop” where people experiencing the challenges of life could find a compassionate team of dedicated and collaborative, multi-disciplinary professionals to help them find their path to resilience and mental wellness. In joining with Susan Davis and Choices in 2005, my dream was realized.
Over the past 14 years I have been fortunate and honored to walk the Choices path with many fine people, both clients and colleagues, who have been my daily teachers and inspiration for the work I love! And as life is an ever-changing, kaleidoscopic journey, my work at Choices evolved to further draw upon my varied life and business experiences, as I accepted increased responsibility to help Choices expand its areas of service. As Administrative Director, I am honored and blessed to continue as a therapist with my days rounded out with the ever-stimulating challenge of sharing my creativity and business skills while supporting Choices’ administrative and leadership teams.
Growing up in a remote, small town in Northern Minnesota I always knew I wanted to work in a field that offered more diversity and resources than we had available. It was while attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth I found my calling. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology, I’ve worked in the Mental Health field over 16 years, and have been with Choices Psychotherapy over 13 years.
Choices Psychotherapy has provided me the opportunity to be part of an organization that promotes all I believe in; offering a place for people to go where they feel a sense of safety to be themselves, a place where their voice can be heard, a place for personal growth and positive change.
As Clinic Manager, I take pride in my role and the company I represent. Over the years I’ve seen it grow into the thriving clinic, it is today and am blessed to work for such an amazing and supportive company.
We all go through changes in our lives. Reaching out for help is not the easiest thing to do. At Choices, we strive to ensure your experience is exceptional!
When not wearing one of the many hats I do here, I enjoy time along the North Shore of Lake Superior, having my feet in the sand on a warm beach, spending time with family and being an avid Minnesota Vikings fan! SKOL!
Rachel joins our team at Choices Psychotherapy with a wealth of experience in the mental health field. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in social work, she moved from her home state to Madison, WI to work at an at-risk youth center. Most recently Rachel worked as an assistant to the office manager at a mental health clinic just outside of the Twin Cities.
When Rachel isn’t working hard at one of our offices, she might be found biking, attending a baseball or hockey game, or spending time with her cat, Dr. John Carter. She also feels a strong need to improve our environment and does so by picking up litter in her neighborhood.
In my opinion, it is the job of a therapist or psychiatrist to help guide you in life to the best of their ability. When you form a relationship with a mental health provider you will not only gain a person to confide in, but you will also gain a mentor to help teach you skills to implement on your own to help promote a happy and stable life. What drew me to work at Choices is the fact that they do just this; they empower individuals and families to identify options while assisting in creating a personal road map toward health and recovery.
I truly enjoy working in an environment of helping people. There is no shame in seeking help and I love working in an administrative role in which I am able to work to make the atmosphere of our clinic a non-judgmental and welcoming space. As an admin, we are the face of the company when you first walk in and I take pride in making the best first impression.
I come to this clinic with a background in psychology as well as sociology and criminology. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology from Hamline University. On a more personal note, I enjoy reading and keeping up on current trending TV shows and I am definitely a cat person.
We’ve been privileged to have Sherri with us at Choices Psychotherapy for over 10 years. Born and raised just around the corner, she was built on Minnesota nice values that shine through in her work. With an exceptional customer service background, she serves as a pillar of strength for the entire administrative team. Sherri is an open, honest communicator and pays attention to the details necessary to keep our office going.
Sherri also enjoys her time outside of work. She loves spending time with her family (dog and clowder of geriatric cats included) and spending time in the garden.
What is also unique to Choices is the therapeutic approach of our psychiatry team. We are one of the only clinics in the twin cities metro area that has a team of psychiatrists who are all trained psychotherapists as well. We offer more than just a medication management.
Our psychiatrists share a similar philosophy when caring for their patients. They believe that the cornerstone for healthy outcomes begins with a solid doctor-patient relationship. Doctor and patient are respectfully aligned as partners to explore the reasons for feeling sick and work together to find the most appropriate approach to getting better.
The search for answers begins with a thorough clinical evaluation where the doctor and patient discuss the primary problem, incorporating past medical records and previous treatments, with careful thought going into treatment type. Sometimes a medication may be suggested, while at other times, a non-medication approach may be recommended. Closely collaborating with the talented therapists at Choices Psychotherapy provides a team directed approach.
Simply stated, we listen to what the patient is trying to tell us, and try to understand their condition beyond a set of symptoms to heal the person as a whole.
Our clinical team is diverse and in keeping with our vision this allows for choice. We merge personal background and experience, education, creativity, and passion into a professional vision: commitment to diversity in both theory and practice. We make every effort to assign clinicians with respect to a client’s and/or family’s therapeutic and cultural needs.
Think of us as your cheerleaders on the sidelines. You've seen it, the smile, the simple nod of the head. Small gestures that say: we understand, we are listening and we are here for you. That's who we are.