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Welcome to TouchingTrees.

Learn about our experience and approach.

TouchingTrees Approach

My practice and services are focused on helping individuals, couples, and families learn to manage stress from relationships. Some of the most stressful times, of course, are when a divorce or separation is going on, so that is often how I enter into someone's life. My involvement can include individual therapy, couples therapy, Discernment Counseling, decoupling counseling, and coaching.

My approach includes looking at the ways you are feeling "stuck" through emotional, physical, and financial attachments to a stressful relationship. From there, we work together to understand how you got to where you are, why you are motivated to change now, and how you can achieve your personal goals. Those goals may include goals related to parenting, to partnering, or to growing into a more authentic identity.

I use strategies from Internal Family Systems, systems theory, and structural theory, as well as values integration and vulnerability exploration. Sometimes the best vehicle for growth is a trusting relationship with a therapist, and I strive to provide that to every one of the people I work with.

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approach
First Sessions

Our first meeting or two is a great way for you to share as many thoughts and feelings as you want. The more I can learn from you, the better I can tailor your therapeutic experience to meet your needs. I'll be taking lots of notes during these sessions!

Next Visits

Depending on your needs, we will work together to figure out the patterns that are getting (or keeping) you stuck. We will also work together to create a plan to make the most of our time together. I want you to feel so much better after participating in therapy, and understanding and changing patterns and cycles is a great way to do that.

Therapeutic Orientation

I believe that the client's needs determine the type of therapy we do together. Generally, I like to integrate any number of theories and strategies into my work with you. I'm always learning, too, so don't be surprised if I share with you some book or concept I just discovered if I think it would be a  help to you. 

aboutJenni

Jenni's Experience & Focus

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University

Recipient of a Lilly Endowment Fellowship to Indiana University for Secondary Education

B.A. in English Composition, DePauw University

Jenni specializes in post-divorce issues related to emotional, physical, and financial attachment, as well as decoupling counseling. She is trained in Prepare/Enrich, Discernment Counseling, Mediation, and Parenting Consulting.

* Author of Outsmart Your High-Stress Divorce

* Presenter of Outsmart Your High-Conflict Relationship

* Author/Presenter of "Divorce, Everlasting" to Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (MAMFT)

* Experience providing therapy to young adults with developmental disabilities, as well as their families

* Author of Child Less Parent, Basement Daisies, Fence Pumpkins, Serotiny, and Cape of Leaves

Jenni's Experience & Focus

Pronouns: She/her

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University

Recipient of a Lilly Endowment Fellowship to Indiana University
for Secondary Education

B.A. in English Composition, DePauw University

Jenni specializes in post-divorce issues related to emotional, physical, and financial attachment, as well as decoupling counseling. She is trained in Prepare/Enrich, Discernment Counseling, Mediation, and Parenting Consulting.

About Leslie
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What is EFT Tapping?

EFT Tapping is a somatic approach to processing negative emotions and situations. Tapping "is a practical self-help method that involves using the fingers to gently tap on the body's acupuncture points along the meridian lines of Chinese medicine. It is often referred to as 'EFT Tapping' or simply as 'Tapping'. " Tapping can be used as a form of self-care or through Practitioner-Assisted EFT.

 

In Practitioner-Assisted EFT, a practitioner helps a client "tap into" their unique subjective experience of a presenting challenge (or troubling issue) for the purpose of gaining clarity and resolution. This supports the client in making changes (emotional and/or physical), shifting limited thought processes, resolving past traumas, opening to beneficial ways to move forward and more."

 

Source: https://eftinternational.org/discover-eft-tapping/what-is-eft-tapping/

Leslie's Experience & Focus

Pronouns: She/her

Mental Health Practitioner pursuing licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping Practitioner and Coach through EFT International; Trained in Matrix Reimprinting.


M.A. in Counseling, specialty in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling
from Adler Graduate School

M.A. in Landscape Architecture from University of Minnesota

B.A. in History with Honors from University of Oregon

Leslie specializes in working with couples and individuals (teens-adults) on improving their relationships with themselves and others, as well as with individuals working through burnout, stress, and anxiety. She employs a holistic wellness approach to her work, exploring the intersections of mental health and lifestyle.

She enjoys incorporating EFT tapping, expressive arts, nature-based practices,  and mindfulness into her therapeutic work. Her primary counseling modalities include Adlerian psychology, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

  • Completed the High Conflict Relationships Certifications to support clients in  navigating high conflict relationships.

  • Copresenter of "Integrating Cultural Humility and Nonviolent Communication Strategies in Conversations about the Climate Crisis" to the Minnesota Chapter of the American College Personnel Association (MNACPA), March 2023.

  • Copresenter of "More Than a Mother: An Ecological Systems Perspective on Motherhood and Identity" to the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, October 2021.

  • Coauthor of "Cross-Cultural Design in Landscape Architecture: Working with Marginalized Communities in Rural India," EDRA52, 2021.

  • Presenter/Author of "Translating Historical Water Wisdom to Contemporary Challenges" to WaterSmart Innovations, 2018.

  • Background in environmental design, research and advocacy.

Services

Relational therapy for couples and families

Discernment counseling and Decoupling

Individual therapy

EFT Tapping Coaching

aboutColleen

Jenni's Experience & Focus

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University

Recipient of a Lilly Endowment Fellowship to Indiana University for Secondary Education

B.A. in English Composition, DePauw University

Jenni specializes in post-divorce issues related to emotional, physical, and financial attachment, as well as decoupling counseling. She is trained in Prepare/Enrich, Discernment Counseling, Mediation, and Parenting Consulting.

* Author of Outsmart Your High-Stress Divorce

* Presenter of Outsmart Your High-Conflict Relationship

* Author/Presenter of "Divorce, Everlasting" to Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (MAMFT)

* Experience providing therapy to young adults with developmental disabilities, as well as their families

* Author of Child Less Parent, Basement Daisies, Fence Pumpkins, Serotiny, and Cape of Leaves

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Top Specialties


Marital and Premarital Counseling

Relationship Issues

Family Counseling

Colleen's Experience & Focus

Pronouns: She/her

Mental Health Practitioner pursuing licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Music Therapy from Augsburg University

Board Certified Music Therapist

PREPARE/ENRICH certified

Life presents many seasons and transitions which can impact mental wellness. Whether you pursue support as an individual, with a partner, or as part of a family unit (chosen or biological), I strive to provide a respectful space for curiosity and expression. Together we can name, process, and explore things that may keep you feeling stuck, like systemic barriers, traumatic experiences, relationship difficulties, self-limiting beliefs. Most importantly, the relationship that we create in your therapeutic process has the potential to support your healing and transform your personal relationships.

I am passionate about supporting clients in improving the quality of their relationships. Building stronger connections with loved ones (those present with us and through grief work) can provide increased meaning and have a significant effect on our personal wellness and sense of community and social belonging. I am particularly interested in working with artists and people who feel things deeply.

 

Our work together will be informed by your goals and lived experiences. I practice cultural humility and provide care with integrated theoretical approaches including Adlerian, Relational-Cultural theory, and Person-Centered Therapy. I provide gender affirming care and safe space for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC community members.

  • Experience supporting people and their caregivers at end-of-life as a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC)

  • Trauma-informed experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) who leads yoga in eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults

  • PREPARE/ENRICH certified and offer pre-marital and couples therapy

About Stephanie
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Stephanie's Experience & Focus

Pronouns: She/her

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University

 

I am trained and licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and have 12+ years of clinical experience working with children and families. The majority of my experience has been providing mental health support to children in school settings; however, I have also worked in day treatment, shelter, and hospital settings. I am a MN board approved clinical supervisor and I oversee multiple school-based mental health programs in St. Paul through another organization.  

 

I am a systemic, relational therapist and prioritize the establishment of trust and safety in my relationships with clients. In my work with children, the use of games, sensory items, activities, art, and play help foster this relationship and provide means for self-expression. Not only do play and creativity provide metaphors for which children can process their experiences, they also build a child’s capacity for problem solving, self-esteem and expression of feelings. I am happy to discuss with you any questions or concerns you might have about my therapeutic style and approach. 

  • You may be thinking, "Hey Jenni -- does TouchingTrees take my insurance?""
    There's a short answer to that question, but I'd like to start with what would probably be your quick second question: "Why not?"
  • "Why don't you take insurance?""
    You know, until I became a mental health practitioner, I had no idea there was a unique relationship between mental health and the insurance process. We all assume that our medical and mental health information is confidential, right? And that's true, except for when we sign that little authorization form that allows our medical providers to communicate with our insurance company. Now, I'm totally okay letting my doctor tell my insurance company that I've got a need for antibiotics -- that way my appointment and my antibiotics will get paid for (or at least applied toward my deductible). Over time, I've become less okay with the idea of insurance companies having information about relationship issues.
  • "What's wrong with insurance companies to have information about my relationship issues?""
    That, by itself, isn't necessarily the problem. The problem is that insurance companies require a diagnosis of a mental disorder in order to process a claim for treatment. If I have an infection, it gets diagnosed and I get treated. However, relationship issues aren't infections. They are specific issues related to how we communicate, trust, attach, decouple, stress each other out, and interact. In order to use insurance, you have to receive a diagnosis of a mental disorder. If you're coming in as a couple in crisis, only one of you gets a diagnosis, which can be a problem because...
  • "Because what if I'm a mess because my spouse is cheating and I show up anxious and depressed?""
    Exactly. In that case, you'd be the one who gets the diagnosis. What I've seen happen are a few things that can be a particular bummer for the individual who gets a diagnosis. A) The couple splits up and the diagnosis is used against the partner who has it... and/or B) The couple splits up and the individual with the diagnosis -- particularly if it's a diagnosis of depression -- has a more difficult time securing life insurance later (sadly, this is a real thing)..., or C) the couple stays together, but one of them has the label of being less mentally secure than the other -- tilting the balance of power in the relationship.
  • "Okay, so you don't take insurance. Why should I come see you then?""
    Thank you for asking! The fact that I DON'T take insurance benefits you in 4 specific ways. ​ a) Your protected health information is ALWAYS private and confidential. With rare exception, an ex can't use a diagnosis against you. From a financial standpoint, you don't have a diagnosis that can cause you to pay higher rates for other types of insurance. b) Your therapy plan is designed to meet your needs and is not dictated by an insurance company's algorithm of how long it "should" take to treat a specific issue. c) My rates are slightly lower because I don't have to split fees with the insurance company. d) You can still submit my fees to your Health Savings Account for reimbursement.
  • "Great, when can I come in for an appointment?""
    Email info@touchingtrees.com or call 612-888-2522 at any time and we'll get back to you within 24-48 hours. We always try to get you in as soon as possible. Please know, though, that sometimes it can take 2-4 weeks for an opening. Thanks in advance for your patience!

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