The MN Couple Therapy Center was founded for the purpose of providing excellence in couple therapy. We believe that in order to do this the therapist needs to have both excellent training in how to effectively work with couples and have significant experience doing so. Our therapists have both of these qualifications; we specialize in couple therapy. The MN Couple Therapy Center brings excellence to the field of marriage and family therapy in the Twin Citiesis by providing a hub for learning, practicing, and training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, one of the best research supported approaches to helping couples.
Kurt Wical, Ph.D, LMFT
Kurt brings to his practice of individual, couple, and family therapy training and experience on how to deal with the difficulties that arise in personal and work relationships. Many times it is difficulties in these primary relationships that lead to distress, as seen in symptoms such as anger, depression, anxiety or addictions. Kurt is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and specializes in couples counseling. He also does pre-marital counseling, father-child relationships. In addition to his practice, Kurt coordinates the MN EFT Community activities and training.
Areas of special interest/experience: couples/marital therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), discernment counseling, anger management, Christian counseling.
Types of therapy: Kurt specializes in using Emotionally Focused Therapy to help couples and individuals deal with the issues causing distress to their lives.
Kurt Wical is a licensed marriage and family therapist who received his Masters in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Minnesota. He has been in private practice since 1991.
Insurance: Aetna, BCBS, Medica, PreferredOne, MA, UCare, and UBH administered plans.
Appointment availability: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 7 pm.
Carolyn Dehnbostel, MA, LMFT
I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. I have been a therapist at the MN Couple Therapy Center since it's inception in 2013.
I recommend that my couples who are trying to heal their connection read the book, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Sue Johnson.
I have also been level 1 trained in AEDP for individuals (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). Both EFT and AEDP are experiential models based on Attachment Theory which find healing through relationship (with partner or with therapist).
I am certified in premarital and marriage enrichment counseling through the PREPARE/ENRICH program. This counseling includes skills teaching which is tailored to the couple's needs through individual computerized assessment. Topics may include communication, financial management, and conflict resolution. Receiving 12 hours of this type of counseling may help you receive a discount on your marriage license.
I have advanced training for Discernment Counseling from the University of Minnesota's Couples on the Brink Project (2013). Discernment Counseling is a specific format consisting of an intake phone call with each partner, and one to five sessions of joint and individual counseling with the goal of coming to a decision: either to 1) keep things the way that they are in the relationship, or 2) move towards a collaborative divorce, or 3) take divorce off of the table and do serious work with the help of a therapist for a period of six months before making a final decision. I recommend if you want to save your marriage which is on the rocks, that you read The Divorce Remedy, by Michelle Weiner-Davis. Also, see the Couples on the Brink website at the University of Minnesota for more information. Click here for the U of M site
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I received my Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from the Alfred Adler Institute in 1998 (now called Adler Graduate School). I have worked in the mental health field in the areas of crisis counseling, in-home counseling with folks with serious and persistent mental illness, individual and group counseling in the correctional system, parent education for court-ordered persons, as well as Parents Anonymous groups. I have been in private practice doing couples therapy since 2009. I have been active in the MN EFT Community since 2009 and the MN AEDP Community since 2017. I have taught "Hold Me Tight" groups for couples. I am available for speaking engagements or classes for couples.
Payment: I am in-network for Optum, Medica, Preferred One, BCBS, UCare, and MHCP (MA) (No Health Partners coverage). I can bill some insurances for out-of-network benefits.
Appointments: Carolyn is available at the Roseville location
Bryan Kingsriter, MA, LMFT, LICSW
"When the eye of the heart is open, every atom reveals a thousand secrets"
When the 'eye of our heart' is open to another, our spouse, our family members, our Higher Power, we become more than we were before the opening. When we are feeling closed off, alienated, from these relationships, we are at risk. Our biggest risk for suffering seems not to be the trials of our life, but whether or not we face them alone.
Un-doing aloneness is the first talk of talk therapy, and what I hope you will experience if you chose to work with me. I have been practicing this with individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1989, and with advanced training in the most research validated approach to working with couples, Emotionally Focused Therapy, helping relationships, and individuals struggling with relationships, is my specialty.
In an initial session, we explore whether we're a good fit for working together, but sometimes a brief phone call can help to determine that as well. I schedule all of my appointments myself, so feel free to have some questions for me if you want to explore working together.
- Does couples counseling really work? What good is talking with a stranger about personal issues? What does research say about this?
- Are some approaches more effective than others?
- Is our relationship worth saving, or is it too late?
- Can I work on my relationship when my partner doesn't want to come to therapy?
- Our relationship is pretty good, is there any value to couples sessions?
- Are old patterns changeable or do you have to settle for the status quo?
- Can you recover old feeling once they seem gone, or can they be rekindled?
- Can a relationship survive an emotional or sexual affair?
- Can I get help for problems that aren't about a relationship?
Insurance vs. Private Pay: I have a variety of contracts with insurance providers for 'in-network' coverage. Many couples opt for private pay rates. We can discuss the pros and cons of these options.
Who I see: I see couples and families, including adults with parents or siblings. I also see adults and adolescents for individual therapy.
Nancy Dawn Van Beest, MS, LMFT
It's not unusual for couples to find themselves stuck in painful patterns, unsure of how to make things better. If you want to . . .
--get free from destructive conflict
--rediscover your love connection
. . . then let's talk. Change is possible, and there's hope for your relationship! Whether you want to improve a solid relationship, smooth up some rough edges (trust, communication, conflict) or recover from more difficult things like infidelity, addiction, or loss of closeness, couples therapy can help.
As a seasoned therapist with many years of professional and personal experience I've had success helping couples work through a wide range of challenges. My primary approach is EFT (emotionally focused therapy for couples) a well documented approach based on solid research for improving relationships with lasting results. Couples of all types and backgrounds are welcome.
You'll find me an engaged and creative partner in healing as we work together to reach your goals. I have experience helping adults with: stress and anxiety management, work issues, depression, grief and loss, trauma and abuse, binge and emotional eating, self-esteem and self-image, emotional management, conflict, all kinds of relationship issues, and the creative self.
As one of my specialties, I also offer a private and supportive place where mental and physical health providers or therapists (and their partners) can find support.
I am a MN licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and the University of Minnesota.
Bev Stratton, MA, ThD, LPC
Whether you are considering your calling, feeling lonely, sad, or anxious, wrestling with spiritual questions or perfectionism, negotiating stressful family or work situations, adjusting to a diagnosis, grieving a loss, sorting out your identity, managing a mental health condition, recovering from trauma, discerning next steps, or trying to strengthen a marriage or relationship—we can collaborate to help you not just survive, but thrive.
During my previous career as a college professor, one of my students told me "Your goal is to help us lead lives that matter." Now as a therapist seeing individuals and couples, helping you thrive is what I do—by connecting and walking with you as you ponder, feel, and reshape your life.
I provide individual and couple therapy for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. I assist couples in preparing for marriage, enriching your relationship, or discerning how to move forward if you or your partner is considering divorce. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy to help couples understand and change destructive cycles, heal ruptures, increase trust, and deepen emotional bonds in your relationship.
I have an MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University and a Doctorate in Theology from Luther Seminary. My experience includes crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling, providing individual therapy at a college counseling center, and more than 30 years working with college students of varied ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic classes, races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.
I have openings and affordable rates and can bill several insurance companies. I see clients primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including evenings, with a few daytime openings on Mondays and Fridays.
Vessela Kouneva, MS, LMFT
About Me: Hello! I know it is difficult to open up to a stranger. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am originally from Bulgaria. Coming from a different country, I know personally the challenges of being different. I bring this knowledge into therapy with me. Outside of my practice, I enjoy dancing International Folk dances and Argentine Tango. I consider dance my mindfulness practice.
Education: I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. I came to the United States to pursue my dream of becoming a marriage and family therapist. I was able to follow that dream by attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout and receiving a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist for 15 years and I am happy to report I continue following my dream!
Clinical Experience: My clinical experience involves working with individuals, couples, and families, struggling with: Anxiety, Binge Eating and Emotional Eating, Depression, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Parenting Challenges, Lack of Emotional Connection, Sexual Concerns, Infidelity, and Divorce.
Therapy Approaches: In my work with individuals I focus on healing trauma and attachment wounds, and use EMDR. I am also trained in and use Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which utilizes mindfulness and body awareness. In my couple’s work I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which is an experiential approach that is effective with 90% of the couples in reducing their distress.
Payment: I am in-network for Medica, UHC, Preferred One, BCBS and UCare. I also offer a sliding fee scale for clients who pay out of pocket.
Alivia Ebacher has completed her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is now pursuing advanced training in couple therapy here at the MN Couple Therapy Center. Alivia has completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and is currently deepening her skills toward the goal of becoming a Certified EFT therapist. She works with individuals and couples with a special interest in helping her clients heal from the effects of addiction on relationships. Alivia has over ten years experience working in the mental health field, four of which working as mental health practitioner in the Twin Cities area. Ask Alivia about her sliding scale fees.
Jay Lampert, BS, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
Jay is pursuing his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He has completed training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and is currently seeing couples and individuals at a reduced rate as an intern at MN Couple Therapy Center under the supervision of Dr. Kurt Wical. This is a new career path for Jay after working as a Research Chemist for the past 20 years. Jay was a volunteer phone counselor at a crisis call center for three years, where he helped people in crisis reach a place of emotional and physical safety and directed them to available community resources that offered longer-term support. In doing that work, he discovered a deep and abiding interest in helping people heal and thrive.
Jay’s training has included:
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
PREPARE-ENRICH Pre-Marital/Marital Couples Assessment
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASSIST)
Jay is available on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as weekends at reduced rate of $15-30 per hour.