Hello fellow human being ! (YES, I mean THAT and want to indicate that I also believe in HUMOR as we struggle with what life brings us ...)
As a mid-age therapist with my own rich and challenging life-experiences, I enjoy and feel privileged to play this fascinating role in working with you as you are stuggling with painful elements and complex circumstances in your relationships and life journey !
I regard my own up-and-down life journey and my years of professional studies as extremely valuable tools for creating genuine empathy, having relevant and complex knowledge / beliefs to share, and using a wide array of skills to establish trust and rapport, listen sensitively to your stories, validate you for your strengths and your pain, asking probing questions, and helping you to identify healthy options and take action to improve your life.
As we work together, it is as if we create a 'sacred space' between us, designed to be a flexible and confidential 'room' in which we can explore your desires for a higher quality, more satisfying life with more joy and meaningful connections. We could say: It is as if I am acting as a 'midwife' for your ongoing learning and growth efforts.
Through over three decades of working with people and hearing their feedback, I've happily come to embrace these important style characteristics of myself as a therapist / educator: collaborative, informal, empathetic, challenging as well as supportive, encouraging, educational, and celebratory. As we begin to work together, we will discuss the application of each of these qualities in terms of your particular style and needs.
I specialize in individual and relationship psychotherapy about adult issues. I have over 30 years experience as an adult educator and more than six years experience as a crisis counselor and psycho-therapist. In addition to my PhD in teaching / learning / assessment from Syracuse (NY) University, I am a graduate of the psychotherapy LMFT (relational) and LPCC (individual) licensing programs at Adler Graduate School / MN.
I especially focus on ADULT LIFE SPAN ISSUES such as grief and loss, life stage transitions, enhancing / ending relationships, depression, chronic illness and caretakers, alternative family structures, diversity issues in relationships, anxiety, suicide assessment and prevention. .
Client feedback has consistently emphasized that they appreciate my style as a therapist: informal, interactive, informative, and inspiring. Clients comment on my easy rapport, strong encouragement, practicial and helpful explanations, insightful and throught-provoking questions, and clearly organized, goal-directed framework for therapy
I integrate complementary approaches and holistic techniques to offer a highly personalized type of therapy, tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual and couple to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I maintain a private practice at 6550 York Avenue South / 66th Street in Edina MN at the Center for Relational / Individual Therapies of which I was a co-founder in 2013. At the Center, we focus on providing integrative therapies, a wide variety of psycho-educational services, and a blend of relational and individual therapy services.
Over the years, I have had the stimulating experience of presenting at national / state conferences, consulting with many schools and universities primarily in the mid-west, and presenting to general and professional audiences on the topics of collaboration, healthy human development, family / school / community partnerships, brain-based learning, character education, diversity, and action research change strategies.
In addition, I routinely network with other professionals to share ideas, discuss emerging trends, and problem-solve. I deeply believe that professionals should be openly engaged in their own continuous professional development in order to provide clients with the most up-to-date services and wise guidance ----- EACH CLIENT DESERVES NO LESS THAN THIS !
BIO: My own 'life journey' started in southeastern Minnesota in Austin / Rochester / Winona with a healthy growing up family life and undergrad degrees in English / social sciences / religion. Then came two fascinating years living and teaching in Bogota Colombia, next several enjoyable years in upstate New York studying for my PhD at Syracuse University (GO ORANGE !), and finally, many years living in West Michigan and working as a Michigan State University professor / writer / consultant in educational reform and diversity. My son and I returned to Minnesota on a very, very cold day in JAN 2009 --- it's quite a story to tell !! I studied to become a relational and individual psychotherapist at Adler Graduate School once I settled into life back in MN after so many years away.
In my 'civilian life', I enjoy family life with my partner, adult son, and two cat brothers. In my non-working time, my family and I relax with global / ethnic approaches to healthy food, low key travel, films and other art, photography, reading / writing, and nature experiences. These hobbies, my extended family in Rochester MN, and personal friends give me a rich, interesting life with many rewards outside the office as well what I do in the office as a therapist / educator / writer.
~~~ warmly / Dr Annie ~~~
LINKEDIN PROFILE: linkedin.com/pub/annie-joanne-m-simmons-phd/42/57/4b0
FACEBOOK BUSINESS PROFILE: Curious Journey Forward Psychology Services LLC
► MA - Adlerian counseling and psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School / MN
► PhD - teaching / learning / assessment / leadership from Syracuse University / NY
Licenses, Certifications & Awards:
► Community Leadership Award for SAFE SCHOOLS volunteer work through GLSEN - West Michigan
► Associate Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education / Michigan State University
► LMFT license in Minnesota
► Prepare / Enrich assessment for couples preparing for partnership commitment
► ASIST Suicide Assessment and Prevention
► Advanced Certificate in Divorce Discernment Counseling for leaning in / leaning out 'mixed agenda' partners considering divorce
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES and MEMBERSHIPS:
► American / Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
► Minnesota Women in Psychology
► International Discernment Counseling Alliance (www.discernmentcounseling.com)
► National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
► Citizen Therapist (www.citizentherapists.com)