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Heather Svoboda, M.A., LP

Sometimes life is hard, whether for a short blip or for a very, very long time. You don’t have to manage all difficult periods alone. When you decide, it can be a gift to allow someone to hear without judging you; who can give you a different perspective or simply provide you the space and permission to hear yourself.

I see individuals of ages 3 through adulthood for therapy. I try to offer a authentic connection through a healing relationship where clients can share their stories and express what works and what is blocking them. This usually happens through talk and reflection. It can also take the form of metaphor, play, art and nonverbal approaches at times (depending on each client’s permission and comfort level). We will explore what you believe about how the world works, what you expect from relationships and what skills for living are needed.

Through child centered play therapy we can address social, emotional & behavioral disturbances, attachment and abuse, and other parental concerns. Play therapy is a way for young children to express what is in their world and how it affects them. It is also a great vehicle for allowing them to experience and move through their difficulties, so that they can continue to grow, build healthy relationships and learn.

Common problems to address in counseling include depression in it’s many forms, anxiety and problematic stress responses. I incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy concepts and skills teaching into individual sessions. I can assist struggling parents in building strong relationships with their children to parent in healthy ways. I appreciate most working with persons who have experienced trust betrayals and abuse. Children who have witness and/or experienced abuse; young people questioning whether they can be who they really are and be accepted; adults in violent, controlling relationships. I also have a particular passion for working with people who are concerned about their own or a loved one’s involvement in a high demand group – whether it be religious, political, business, therapy or a single controlling partner — commonly called “cults”.

In therapy you can begin to uncover what has been hiding, recover what has been lost, and discover who you really can be in the world.

  • Education

    • BA in Dramatic Arts & Dance from Macalester College
    • MA in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

  • Clinical Experience

    • Care Clinic (present)
    • The Family Partnership
    • Baby Space / Tatanka Academy
    • Reuben Lindh Family Service
    • Chrysalis A Center for Women (now Tubman)
    • Walk-In Counseling Center (volunteer)
    • Chrysalis (Psychology internship)
    • The Mental Health Collective (MFT internship-now Watercourse)

  • Specialties & Issues

    • Early childhood diagnosis & treatment
    • Child centered play therapy
    • DBT skills training & practice
    • Incorporation of art therapy methods
    • Issues related to involvement with cults/high demand, controlling relationships
    • GLBTQ+ ally with cross cultural humility
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Self Esteem
    • Identity Exploration
    • Autism spectrum (high functioning)
    • Coping skills (i.e., for stress, anger expression, crises)
    • Relationship/peer/social difficulties
    • Abuse, traumatic experiences, complex trauma
    • Adjustment difficulties
    • Parenting concerns
    • Behavior problems
    • Attachment problems (how we feel in relation to others)

  • In-Network with

    CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:
    • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • MHCP – MA
    • Medical Assistance
    • PreferredOne
    • UCare
    • HealthPartners PMAP
    • Cigna
    • Aetna
    • Hennepin Health
    • – Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.

  • Resources

    • International Cultic Studies Association
    • ReFocus
    • NAMI
    • Walk-in Counseling Center
    • Zero to Three
    • Anything by Bruce Perry & the Child Trauma Institute

Contact US

2000 Aldrich Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
55405

  • "Great counseling center that has very focused care. They make you feel comfortable and it's in the heart of uptown."
  • "Highly recommend. Andrea and team made us feel comfortable confident. Very unique space and comfortable space was a plus for our son."
  • "Friendly staff. Nice offices. Conveniently located."
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