Perspectives Therapy Center
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Team

  

 
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Valerie Presa, MS, LMFT

Valerie is an ethical and empathetic therapist trained in multi-cultural competencies who will treat each of her clients with unconditional positive regard. As a Marriage and Family Therapist she is specially trained in working on and within relationships.

Valerie is prepared to assess, diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, families, and couples and believes in utilizing empirically-supported therapeutic approaches, including play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Education

CAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling

BLUESTEM CENTER

Special Interests

  • attachment concerns

  • school and learning issues

  • somatic pain

  • mood disorders

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • grief

  • trauma

  • provides parent coaching

valerie@perspectivemn.com


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Dr. Ed Patton, LMFT

Ed has worked in the field of Marriage & Family Therapy for over nine years. His professional experience includes working with adults, adolescents and families with a variety of issues. Ed has additional training in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Couples therapy (EFCT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Ed uses a calm integrative theory approach to calmly help clients become aware of the answers they already possess for their recovery and healing.

Ed believes many difficulties are developed and maintained in relationship experiences. By looking within at how attachment experiences, and mistaken beliefs and assumptions, shape our view of self and others, we can begin to heal and redefine our place in the world.

Education

ARGOSY UNIVERSITY TWIN CITIES
Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Special Interests

  • parent child relationship issues

  • blended families

  • couple’s issues

  • depression

  • anxiety disorders

  • anger

  • childhood trauma

  • post traumatic stress disorder

  • spiritual issues

  • sexual addiction and recovery

 

ed@perspectivemn.com


 
 
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Yvette A. Kidman, MA, LMFT

Currently unavailable to take on new clients…

Yvette brings her own story of healing along with her education to provide an understanding ear and insight into each session. She is seeking certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She spent 15 years in corporate America and the next 15 years raising three daughters, one with Down syndrome. 

Learning how to overcome shame and abuse has been her life’s journey. Offering empathy, she strives to treat the whole person. Therefore, she integrates Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy when providing treatment to both individuals and couples. Her greatest desire is to help a person realize their inherent value as a human being apart from their abilities or inabilities. Can provide Christian counseling upon request.

 

Special Interests

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • low self-esteem (shame resilience)

  • all relationship issues, distressed couples (including recovery from infidelity)

  • divorce recovery

  • post-abortion recovery

  • stressors from parenting a child with special needs

  • overwhelm from job transitions or demands

  • career development

  • eating disorders

Education

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

 

yvette@perspectivemn.com


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MA in Marriage & Family Therapy

Michelle Wees Martincek

Michelle has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with challenging behaviors. Michelle likes to incorporate Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Conscious Discipline into her sessions.

Education

NORTHCENTRAL UNIVERSITY
Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

CURRENTLY...
working under the supervision of Nelle Moriarty MA, LMFT while obtaining independent license

Special Interests

  • children and adolescents with challenging behaviors

  • children and adolescents experiencing school issues

  • children with developmental disorders

  • families who are impacted by a loved one with a developmental disorder

  • families who are experiencing conflict

  • individuals who need life coaching

michelle@perspectivemn.com