Good question. I have lived and worked my whole adult life in Minneapolis, so when I decided to start this practice it felt right to me to locate it solidly in this city that I know and love. I also wanted to make it clear that this is not the kind of nature therapy that requires field trips out into the wilderness; nature is right outside whatever doors we live and work and study behind.
So to be clear, it doesn't matter where you live and sessions will not be limited to within the city limits.
I can recommend several places in and near the city that will be fruitful ground for our work (see the LOCATIONS page). But I am also open to hearing suggestions for locations that are convenient for you or that hold a special place for your family. I look forward to finding other places outside our doors that will be just right for the work we want to do together.
This will be explored on a case by case basis. Many times siblings can be included in the sessions. This will look different depending on what the treatment goals are. For example, if a 3 year old is struggling with a new baby in the family we might settle the parent and baby in a comfortable spot under a tree while therapist helps the older child experience a pattern of exploring at a safe distance while staying connected to the parent (with an “invisible string”), then bringing back treasures to show the parent. The parent will be working on using their attention and voice to help the child feel connected from a distance, and welcoming them back with great pleasure. In cases with two older siblings, we can work directly and experientially on cooperation and problem solving.
With younger children 6 and under an adult will always have to be a part of the session. For older children we may consider a combination of family and individual sessions.
Yes. Some work with parents without their children present is always a part of therapy, especially at the beginning as I am learning about your family and history. And in some cases ongoing individual work with parents is the best intervention to help the child.
Yes. We can work with any of the child's important people. if it makes sense to help them meet their treatment goals.
Not all who wander are lost.