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 St. Louis Park 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 St. Louis Park.
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.
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 12 years, 9 of which have been with Choices Psychotherapy.
Choices Psychotherapy has provided me with 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. I feel 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! Make a choice to call us today!
Ashley joined Choices Psychotherapy in June 2016. Prior to joining the Choices Psychotherapy team, she worked as an administrative assistant at a nonprofit mental health agency in the Twin Cities for 5 years. One of the things that she knows from working in this field is that it isn’t always easy to pick up the phone and call to ask for help. Having a friendly, helpful personality on the other side of the call is what can really make your experience a good one. While making the day to day operations of the office run as smoothly as possible is the main part of her position, what she really enjoys is working with all different kinds of people. She enjoys getting to know them over time and tries to ensure that the client always feels welcomed when coming in for services.
When a person feels comfortable coming in and is satisfied when leaving, I feel like my job has made a difference.
Barbara comes to Choices Psychotherapy with a combination of years in customer service paired with a decade in mental health. Barbara previously worked directly with clients with disabilities and mental health issues in multiple settings, bringing a broader understanding of the human ills people face and methods to overcome and manage them. A desire to bridge her experience and skills to the administrative side of healthcare is what brings her to Choices. Barbara has a holistic approach to life leading her to recognize and promote the importance of a healthy internal world.
Sherri has been with Choices Psychotherapy for over 10 years. Prior to this, she has been in customer service for the majority of her working career. Sherri enjoys spending time with her family and time outside in her 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.