People seek professional counseling for a variety of
reasons—a crisis, a loss, a major life change, to
sort things out, to have a happier life, to improve
relationships, etc. Often, people seek out
professional counseling if they feel they cannot fully
deal with a life circumstance on their own, or they
feel “stuck” in their previous attempts to address
their issues. Only you can decide if you need
What kind of issues can I get help for at Heart and
The types of issues that can be addressed include
improving your relationships, moving through grief,
learning to manage mood and anger, improving the ways
you deal with sexuality, reducing anxiety and stress,
controlling addictive behaviors, conflict management,
and cultivating resiliency.
Heart and Mind Counseling offers couples counseling,
and a premarital counseling program is available for
those who are preparing for marriage.
What does the counseling process look like (what
can I expect)?
At the initial intake session, you and your
counselor will focus on developing a positive working
relationship. You will share with your counselor
necessary background information about your issue(s),
so that together you can clarify and agree on what you
hope to achieve in the therapeutic process. The
initial session also includes completing necessary
Subsequent sessions will be used to explore issues in
more depth and for identifying helpful strategies and
options for positively addressing your issues. You may
be encouraged to develop some new problem-solving
skills, and you may be challenged to re-think some old
thought patterns that aren’t working for you.
Is what I talk about in counseling kept private and
All of your conversations with your counselor are
completely confidential, except when mandated
otherwise by law. The limits of confidentiality will
be thoroughly reviewed with you before counseling
How many counseling sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on several factors,
including but not limited to the goals for therapy,
the severity of the issues encountered, and of course,
your own motivation. While some people engage in
long-term therapy, Heart and Mind Counseling embraces
a short-term, solution-focused approach.
Heart-Mind Counseling exists to provide short-term
solution-focused counseling (brief therapy) to
individuals & couples, and to provide
consultations relating to workplace issues to
businesses and nonprofit organizations.
While some people may need long-term therapy, many
benefit from a model that embraces and embodies a
brief therapy approach characterized by helping the
individual attain immediate clarity of their issue(s),
identify their available internal and external
resources for positively addressing their issues, and
learning to take meaningful, measurable steps toward
wellness and well-being.
Rick Carlson, M.A., LPC,
NCC, CEAP - 801 Eclipse Parkway, New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (612) 998-6616 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org