Elizabeth Klein MS, LMFT
Hello and welcome to my website! I have attempted to provide you with the information needed to decide whether I am a good fit for you but I may have missed some things so please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.
I have been a psychotherapist for over 8 years and am trained in individual, couples, and family therapy methods. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in business, which left me with a unique understanding of the stresses of the workplace. My personal experiences with being a daughter, sister, friend, mother, and significant other also help me relate to my clients' struggles and empathize with them.
My approach is collaborative, authentic, empathetic, and accepting. I believe in being honest and open with my clients and will readily own up to my mistakes. I take a non-knowing stance with my clients, which means that I won't assume that I know something before my client has told me and they will experience me asking clarifying questions to draw out their inner thoughts, which is in itself therapeutic. I believe in the necessity for my clients to make their own decisions so will not push my ideas on them but instead aid them in determining the direction for your own lives. With families, I use various techniques such as role-plays, family sculpting, and games to increase your understanding of one another and open up your communication.
There are times when my clients have symptoms that are difficult to deal with and I am knowledgeable of many techniques that I can teach them to relieve your symptoms. For example, two techniques I find helpful are mindfulness and thought challenging.
My skills are drawn from several evidenced-based therapies such as CBT, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Acceptance and Commitment, Emotionally-Focused Couples, Gottman Couples, and Structural Family Therapy.
My office is designed to promote a feeling of safety and comfort because it can be difficult for people to open up and talk about personal topics. I encourage people to choose their seat, hold a pillow, and/or bring an object that helps them to feel safe and secure.
If you believe I am the right therapist for you, give me a call and let's get started!
Family therapy is helpful because we are effected not only by our inner thoughts and feelings but also by the actions of those we live with. Imagine a wind chime. When there is no breeze, the individual pieces move within their own space and there is no sound. Now let's say, one of the pieces is blown by the wind. This piece moves sideways, bumps into another piece, which bumps into another, and they all start bumping into each other and making a chiming noise. Pretty soon, there is lots of action and chiming going on. This also happens with families. We are in a peaceful rhythm of life and all of a sudden someone is effected by an external or internal force and they start to act differently. Another family member reacts to this and then another and...well, you get the picture!
As a family therapist, I use special techniques to help you sort out what is needed to get you back to that peaceful state.
Adults: Most commonly, adults come to therapy alone and that is just fine because there are many things that we can accomplish with individual therapy. Somewhere along the road, I may suggest bringing in a particular person that has a hand in the issue but it's always up to you who you bring into a session.
At the start of our work together, I will ask you some background information and listen to what struggles brought you into therapy. Early on, we will work together to define what you would like to accomplish and how we can start doing that. We will continue to periodically check on how things are doing to make sure the process is helping. And if it isn't, we'll do something else.
Children: In the first couple of sessions, your child will need to be accompanied by at least one parent or legal guardian so they are informed about the process and can provide background information. From there, I will recommend either individual therapy, family therapy, or a combination but it is always up to you who accompanies your child to therapy. I use special skills to engage children in the process so they feel safe to talk about whatever they want to in the privacy of my office. I find that children see me as a trusting individual and I honor and respect that privilege.
Couples come to therapy in various stages of their relationship and in various stages of their relationship issues and I welcome all of them!
When I work with couples, I first meet with them together to start to learn what brought them into counseling and to observe their interactions. I then have an individual session with each person and then back together again to set goals and start the healing process. I pull from several couples therapy methods depending on the issue at hand. This includes Gottman, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Discernment Counseling, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. No two couples are alike so therapy is tailored to the couples' individual needs.
When I work with couples, I strive to not take sides but to equally help each of you work towards a healthy relationship.
I am in network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Plus, all Ucare plans (except "Ucare Fairview"), and all Optum plans (United Healthcare, United Behavioral Health, Medica, etc). When you use your in network benefits, I can bill your insurance for you and if your insurance has a deductible and/or co-pay, you can pay me at time of service.
You can also use your out of network benefits from any other insurance company to see me. Or you don't have to use insurance at all. It's up to you. For out of network benefits, I provide you with what's called a "Superbill" that you can send to your insurance company for reimbursement.
I accept most if not all forms of payment - HSA/FSA cards, credit cards, checks, cash, Paypal, Venmo, etc.
If you have any questions about my fees or how billing works, feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you!
Elizabeth Klein, MS, LMFT
1599 Selby Ave, Suite 105LL
Saint Paul, MN