Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT):  Practices under supervision for two years, then practices independently. Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (a Master's or Doctoral degree) in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience before licensure. Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. Marriage and Family Therapy is recognized as a "core" mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing.    (M.S. 148B.29)

It has been my pleasure to live and work in this beautiful Central Lakes community since 2004.  I am a wife, a mother, a musician, and a Christian.   I would consider myself a generalist therapist, able to work confidently with a broad range of ages and presenting problems including but not limited to:  depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, dysregulation, co-occurring disorders, grief/loss, divorce adjustment, relationship distress. 

Connection Counseling is an independent professional practice.  My passion is working in the context of relationships.   I have seen time and time again that there is a direct correlation between flourishing relationships and emotional wellbeing.  I believe we are created to CONNECT, to each other, to our communities, to God.  It is my intention to CONNECT with my clients, provide a therapeutic space for learning, healing, problem solving and personal growth.    It is also important to CONNECT and collaborate with other providers, provide referrals and resources to enrich the mind, body, spirit and relationships. 

~Paula Odland