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Services We Offer

Outpatient Therapy

For Adults


Concerns We Address:
Adoption, Anger, Anxiety, Attachment, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Faith/Spirituality, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Grief and Loss, Life stage changes, Personality Disorders, Relationship/Marriage, Self Esteem, Work/Career issues

For Children or Adolescents


Concerns We Address:
Abuse, ADHD, Adoption, Anger, Anxiety, Attachment, Bullying, Cultural issues, Depression, Friendships/Peers, School issues, Self-Harming Behaviors, Technology Concerns/Behaviors, Trauma

For Couples


Concerns We Address:
Affairs, Blended Families, Co-Parenting, Cultural Issues, Divorce, Family Conflict, Gender Issues, Infidelity, Sexual Issues, Uncoupling

For Families


Concerns We Address:
Family Conflict , Co-Parenting, Single-Parent issues, Divorce (Loss, Loyalties, Transitions, Grieving, Anger, Guilt), Blended Families, Multi-Cultural Families

Relationship Assessment Tools

Prepare / Enrich


Prepare / Enrich is a thoroughly researched and scientifically validated assessment tool for identifying areas of strength and areas for improvement in a couple’s relationship. Please visit the Prepare-Enrich website for a complete explanation of the tool and to understand how we can work together to use the insights it provides to increase your relationship success.

Relationship Assessment Survey


The Relationship Inventory is a questionnaire designed to help assess the challenges and strengths you have in your relationship. While all relationships face occasional difficulties, it’s possible to experience improved intimacy and fulfilling connections with your partner. The inventory is intended to help you see more clearly those areas in your life and relationship that are strong and satisfying, as well as those that you may wish to improve upon. Writing it down has a unique way of bringing clarity to the overwhelming situation you may sometimes find yourself in.

Specialty Therapy Services

Relational Life Therapy


Relational Life Therapy is a brief, solution-focused approach to identifying and removing the barriers that are keeping two people in a relationship from enjoying the benefits of being true to both themselves and their partner.
relational life therapy

In-Home CTSS Services


Therapy Connections, LLC is certified by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to provide Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS). Our program focuses on providing home-based services for children who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of intervention.

What is Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS)?

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) is a mental health package covered by Minnesota Health Care Plans (MHCP). CTSS is an in-home mental health service that allows providers to address conditions of emotional disturbance that harm and get in the way of a child’s ability to function.

What does Therapy Connections Do?

Therapy Connections is a certified CTSS provider. We provide in-home mental health services, specifically skills training to children in their homes, schools, and communities. Skills training is a type of service designed to improve and repair basic functioning of children with emotional disturbances. Children live with their family, interact with others at school and in the community; we know how important it is to include all these components in our service.

Practitioners may provide creative art exercises and games to help children explore their feelings, life, and how to relate to friends and family. Skills training frequently includes the child’s family. The participation of family in the process helps produce the greatest chance for success. Specific games and activities are selected to help children learn the skills they need to restore the child to a level of functioning that they had either achieved before or would have achieved if normal development had not been impaired because of a mental health disorder. CTSS services are time-limited interventions that are delivered using various treatment modalities and combinations of services are designed to reach treatment outcomes identified in an individual treatment plan (ITP).

How Does It Work?

  • Therapy Connections receives referrals from county social services, case managers, medical providers, and families.
  • Telephone contact is made with the child’s parent / guardian to gather information to ensure applicability of the service and to schedule an in-home visit by a mental health professional.
  • Therapy Connections’ mental health professionals complete a diagnostic assessment on the child or adolescent by meeting with the client and their parent or guardian.
  • The Clinical Supervisor matches the family with an appropriate Mental Health Practitioner.
  • An individual treatment plan is generated which the practitioner will use to direct their work with the child.
  • Practitioners work with children once or twice per week for approximately two hours per visit.
  • While we work to assist the child in regaining optimal functioning, we also coordinate with the family and other individuals / agencies involved with the child (e.g. teachers, case workers, etc.) to develop a strong support system and ensure that all available resources are utilized to offer the best chance for success.

Who Qualifies for CTSS?

  • Individuals under age 21 who are on Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA), also including pre-paid Medical Assistance plans (PMAP’s), who are diagnosed by a mental health professional with a severe emotional disturbance (SED).
  • In certain situations, county contracts can be arranged for families without Medical Assistance who are in need of home-based services.

How to Request CTSS Services

Call the Therapy Connections business office at 763-270-0054. Below is a list of some questions that will be asked.

  • The child’s Medical Assistance (insurance) number
  • Birthdate
  • Address & Phone
  • Previous / Current diagnosis
  • Areas of concern: additional information will be requested via phone during the referral

EMDR


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a non-drug, non-hypnosis psychotherapy procedure for survivors of trauma or loss. Traumatic events may include car or work accident, fire, assault, robbery, rape, childhood abuse, natural disaster, injury or illness or loss of loved one. EMDR is used to treat troubling symptoms such as anxiety or panic, depression, shame or guilt, bad temper, fears, nightmares, worrying and post-traumatic reactions. EMDR services are available for both adults and children.

For more information please visit http://www.trauma.info or http://www.emdria.org.
International Association of Trauma Professionals

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well-researched model of treatment, developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, which helps individuals who struggle with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders and self-harming behaviors by providing concrete skills necessary to improve relationships and enhance overall quality of daily living.

Adolescent DBT Group
The Adolescent DBT Groups for girls ages 13-17 meets for 21 weeks. Utilizing a teen-friendly atmosphere, activities, and snacks(!), we are able to make the group experience a positive, supportive, and accepting one for all members. To ensure that a potential client will benefit from, and integrate well with the group, an initial intake is conducted over the phone followed by a face-to-face clinical assessment with a therapist. After the group begins, a parent or guardian is required to participate and attend once per unit session (approximately one meeting per month). This enables the parent/guardian to receive an overview of the skills taught, and support the client in using the skills on a daily basis. DBT skills taught are: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness and living in balance. Adolescents and parents will learn and refine these skills to reduce interpersonal chaos, roller coaster emotions and moods, impulsiveness, distorted thinking patterns, self-harming behaviors, confusion and self-identity. Group members are required to participate, complete diary cards and complete other work between sessions while committing to going through all modules at least once.

PreTeen DBT Group
With an increasing need, and no readily available age-appropriate DBT curriculum available for 10-12 year old girls, Therapy Connections researched and developed a program based on the well-established Dialectical Behavior therapy model, and specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of this group.  Based on current research, materials which foster increased understanding and acceptance for these girls were designed and are used in our PreTeen group.  The group meets for 18 weeks, currently at our Blaine location, with an Edina location group scheduled for Fall, 2016.   PreTeens who are experiencing or demonstrating difficulties with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, unstable moods, relationships and thoughts of suicide or self-harm are taught positive and effective coping skills in an accepting group environment with others who are working through similar challenges.

Location: Therapy Connections Blaine Office
Adolescent Group 1: Mondays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Adolescent Group 2: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
PreTeen Group: Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Groups Begin: New group members can join at the beginning of a module, approximately every five weeks. Please call to inquire for the next available opening.

NEW – Location: Therapy Connections Edina Office
Adolescent Group: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
PreTeen Group: Starting Fall, 2016 (call for information)
Groups Begin:
New group members can join at the beginning of a module, approximately every five weeks. Please call to inquire for the next available opening.

Individual DBT Therapy
Many of our therapists are trained to provide individual DBT therapy, for those individuals who may not be able to participate in a group, or who can use additional one-on-one therapeutic support in internalizing and using the DBT skills they have learned.

Art & Play Therapy

Art & Play therapy techniques use play-based models to better communicate with children. Children communicate thoughts and feelings more naturally through play. Art & Play therapy helps treat problems that interrupt a child’s normal development. Some reasons for treatment include temper tantrums, aggressive behavior, difficulties with sleeping or having nightmares and experiencing excessive worries or fears. Children who have experienced neglect and sexual or physical abuse can also benefit from play therapy.
Association for Play Therapy