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Tonya ScherpingMA, LMFT
Tonya completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Mary’s and her Marriage and Family Certification from St. Thomas University. She has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2011. She is an Approved Supervisor with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. She has specialized training in trauma therapy and utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which has been shown to be an effective therapy too to promote healing from trauma and for a variety of mental health concerns.
Tonya enjoys working with individuals and couples that are affected by a variety of mental and chemical health concerns. In relationships, she works on enhancing communication, creating mutual respect, trust, listening and validation skills. She utilizes a family systems approach and works to enhance resiliency and inner strength to cope with life’s struggles.
Tonya utilizes a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mind, body, and soul care. Although she works with clients on a variety of issues.
Special Areas of Interest:>
- Chronic Illness
- Communication & Conflict Resolution
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions
- Marital Distress, Infidelity Recovery & Spiritual Relationship Growth
- Areas of: Self Esteem, Self Harm, Suicide
Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties
- MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2269
- LMFT State Approved Supervisor
- Board of Behavioral Health Approved Supervisor
- Member of Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors (MACC)
- EMDR Therapist
Tonya values integrating a faith based perspective into the counseling process. This is directed by each individual client given personal value systems presented in session.
What can you expect in therapy? Therapy is a special and safe place in which you can explore your own experiences. Your story is as unique as you are. Therefore, you are in charge, but you are not alone. One of Tonya’s strengths is to build a strong and stable therapeutic relationship. She is humbled to walk alongside you in your life journey.