St. Cloud Counseling Therapy
© 2023 Bonnett Chandler, MA, LPCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Richard Chandler, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns? Are you and your romantic partner facing challenges?
St. Cloud Counseling Therapy can support you and your loved ones to feel better. We are based in St. Cloud, but are here to serve the state of Minnesota, either online or by phone. View our schedule for online counseling and telephone sessions here.
We may have same-day, same-week openings this week of September 25, 2023.
Our online and telephone counseling areas of focus include: marriage therapy and couples counseling; individual therapy for women, men, and nonbinary people; and career counseling and consulting.
Working with Richard Chandler, MA, LPC
Working with Bonnett Chandler, MA, LPCC
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If you're struggling with your mental health, you don't have to go through it alone. Our online therapy services offer a safe and convenient way to access support and guidance from licensed therapists from the comfort of your own home.
Take the first step towards a happier, healthier life by signing up for our online therapy today.
Insurance Coverage, Cost and length
Cost of Counseling & Therapy
St. Cloud Counseling Therapy operates outside of the insurance market for all counseling services. We use a sliding fee scale based on income to ensure our services are affordable and accessible.
Learn more about the benefits of our model, and the cost and length of therapy at the link below.
Therapy and Counseling Resource Library
Our Therapy and Counseling Resource Library is filled with helpful articles, support hotlines and tools designed to provide you with the guidance and support you need to manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being.
Visit our Therapy and Counseling Resource Library to learn more.
The Counseling & Therapy Team
Richard Chandler, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Richard Chandler (he/him/his) received his master's degree in psychotherapy from the Adler Graduate School, and is also a certified Myers-Briggs® Master Practitioner. Richard has more than a decade of experience in counseling, career consulting and executive coaching.
Richard specializes in working with couples to repair and improve their relationships, and has extensive experience with anger management issues, having authored a course on the subject.
Bonnett Chandler, MA, LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Bonnett Chandler (she/her/hers) received her master's degree in psychotherapy from the Adler Graduate School, and has extensive experience as a therapist for a residential mental treatment facility for teens and young adults with mental illness and trauma.
Now with MN Counseling Therapy fulltime, Bonnett provides online individual therapy, and has particular expertise working with young adults, women and people in the LGBTQ community.
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Learn More About St. Cloud Counseling Therapy Focus Areas
Marriage Therapy and Couples Counseling With St. Cloud Counseling Therapy
We specialize in strength-based marriage counseling for married people and those in committed romantic relationships. We offer telephone and online services to clients from the St. Cloud, Duluth, Alexandria, Rochester, Mankato, Brainerd, The Range, Morehead, Minneapolis and St. Paul areas, and across the state of Minnesota. Please visit our contact page to schedule an appointment for helping your fiance, life partner, and husband or wife.
Resolving marriage breakdown for Engaged, Unmarried and married couples
We help married, unmarried and engaged, premarital couples recover from communications breakdown, loss of trust, sexless or low-sex marriages, stonewalling silent treatment, hurtful arguing, anger, infidelity, affairs, inappropriate texting, inappropriate pornography use, excessive video game use, and financial or parenting disagreements.
As you solve your relationship challenges in couples counseling, you can expect anxiety levels to drop and gain a renewed sense of hope for your future life together. The following link more fully describes how Richard Chandler, MA, LPC, actually works with you to heal relationship breakdown, including threats of separation and divorce.
What is the Cost, length, Insurance & Success Rate of Online Marriage Counseling?
Generally, premarital and marital couples online counseling is successful in helping the couple become happy with each other again as long as three fundamentals are present:
- Both genuinely want to regain their attraction, friendship, and sexual intimacy with each other as romantic partners.
- Each is genuinely committed to understanding and accommodating the other's perspective.
- They are willing to do things differently and let go of their ineffective ways of thinking, communicating, and action. Instead, they actively embrace new ideas suggested in marriage therapy.
Assessing your relationship strengths
A quick but essential point. We look for your strengths and how we can amplify the positive qualities of your relationship. Doing so can rekindle attraction, liking, and loving each other. Our work with couples encourages stepping back into the romance and sexual intimacy that brought them together when they first fell in love. The following link, to another page on this website, provides helpful information on how to increase closeness and connection with your mate by embracing the perspective of your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
Some couples also choose to explore how their differing psychological personality types may pose a barrier to getting along, primarily when misunderstood by their spouse. This link explores working with couples with a comprehensive Myers-Briggs assessment.
we help engaged, Premarital, married & committed couples
We currently have three website pages devoted to helping couples. At this link, you can learn more about what it might be like to work with me, Richard Chandler, MA, LPC, as your St Cloud couples counselor.
Within online counseling sessions with your mate, we provide a great many of the best tips and techniques that have proven to help marriage partners and those in committed romantic relationships begin to lean back in toward each other.
Click on this link to read my article on 9 Ways to Improve Your Love Relationship. Another helpful article for couples is on this link on communications tips to help you to better understand your partner's perspective. We posted many other helpful ideas on this website and our Chandler Counseling & Consulting - St Cloud, MN Facebook page. The last link is for our free useful marriage e-book on lasting marriages by one of my mentors, Dr. Kirk Lamb, Ph.D., LP, Licensed Psychologist.
Individual Therapy for Life Transition, Social Anxiety, Anger Management & Overwhelming Stress
An individualized Approach to Anger Management
You might feel paralyzed with overwhelming stress, social anxiety, and loss. Have you or a loved one has become upset to the point that there is a great deal of anger, including hurtful words?
Working with anger in therapy is based uniquely on you as an individual. This personalized approach is not possible with anger management classes, which must be more generic rather than individualized.
There is also a risk that confidentiality will not be maintained by some members of an anger management group. With one-to-one counseling, confidentiality by the therapist is assured. Note: There could be some exceptions to confidentiality, such as when the therapist is ordered by a judge to release records or to testify. Those exceptions are disclosed to you at the very beginning of the first counseling session.
Please click on the following link to the page on this website that gives you more information about our individualized therapy approach to anger management.
The Benefit of Therapy In Navigating Transition
Richard Chandler, MA, LPC specializes in navigating through a mid-life transition, including career consulting.
Many also seek Richard out to gain clarity on whether it makes the best sense to try to repair their troubled marriage or romantic partner relationship or find a way to part ways with their mate as a love relationship, but still keep communication open for cooperative co-parenting.
You may wish to explore men's issues including navigating midlife transition, increasing intimacy with your mate, enhancing communications, repairing relationships due to infidelity, and deciding whether or not it makes the best sense to stay in a marriage or explore the option of being single.
Richard also help many improve their lives in the face of ADD and ADHD struggles.
Therapy for Women Leads to Stronger Boundaries and Life Balance
Women's Counseling has helped our clients address many stressors in their lives. Additionally, women have worked with us on:
- Setting clear boundaries and convincing mates, children, parents and in-laws to take those healthier boundaries seriously
- Navigating the tricky and challenging relationships with step-kids and the children's biological dad or mom
- Career advancement in the face of high demands in one's personal life
- Regaining confidence after an affair of a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or fiancée
- Dating again after loss of a romantic partner
- Reinventing one's life after having so much of one's time and identity had been devoted to raising children
Therapy for Navigating a difficult time in your life
We endeavor to bring insight and clarity to help you formulate a plan to improve your situation. Together, we can marshal your resources and build upon your inner strengths to overcome your challenges.
Many of our individual and couples' clients find their lives improving soon after beginning online counseling therapy with Chandler Counseling and Consulting.
But doing everything that you can to improve things still may not be enough. Even if the situation itself may not change enough to take away your worry and anxiety, you may still benefit by learning coping strategies to lower anxiety levels.
A strategy for becoming less anxious and helping your life improve is becoming more mindful. Please see this link for how we use mindfulness meditation to lower anxiety. And with lower stress, you may begin to feel better. With more calmness, changing your circumstances becomes easier.
Can You Reinvent Your Work Life with Career Consulting?
Richard began St. Cloud Counseling Therapy in 2012 by offering career planning, guidance, and Life Coaching for clients who were unhappy with their present job and work life. Career counseling will provide your best opportunity to get a better job, a new and more fulfilling career, or a strategy to help you start your own business.
With online & Telephone Career counseling & consulting, we explore new Job opportunities
Perhaps you may wish to earn more income or be happier in your work by exploring new vocational opportunities through career counseling., career guidance, and intentional career planning. Often, this includes career assessments to help you gain a more objective understanding of your career strengths. Take a look at this link to explore transforming your work life through Career Counseling & Consulting.
Career Direction helps College students with majors & for improving grades
A corollary to career counseling is helping those in college or college-bound high school students to explore potential careers as a way to help them choose a college or university.
We also help students lower their anxiety by choosing a major that is more aligned with their longer-term aspirations - more information on how we help our college clients with a career here.
Telephone & Online Counseling for higher grades and better academics
Speaking of college, we have helped a number of our college-age clients achieve much better academic performance. Counseling may help clear the obstacles that have been standing in their way.
One common obstacle is having uncertainty about career direction and what life will be like after college. Find out more here about improving academic performance at this link.
Self-Employed Business Owners Consult With Us Online
In addition to helping them psychologically with their personal issues, I also coach and consult with business owners on how to increase their business success so they can achieve their best work-life balance.
Online Business Partners Counseling
On our business consulting website, Strategic Leadership Consultants of MN, we discuss how business owners having difficulty with their business partners may resolve the strife. Business Partners' Counseling has helped Central Minnesota partners and business owners to get their business relationship back on track.
The process has many of the same dynamics as couples counseling. Ineffective communication and the non-communication of avoiding is common to struggling business partner relationships.
Even if you ultimately decide to end the business partnership, opening pathways of communication still helps. Having productive conversations is the way forward for making new business ownership arrangements. Find out more about Business Partners' Counseling here at Strategic Leadership Consultants of MN.
We will confidentially answer your questions about the process and cost of counseling. We offer flexible scheduling including weekday evenings and Saturday morning times.
If after you go through the site and you cannot find what you need, please use the contact us form.
Can Beginning Phone Or Online Counseling With St. Cloud Counseling Therapy Help Me?
As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Richard and Bonnett Chandler do not work under a medical model. Therapy instead is based more on helping clients come to a new understanding of their thinking, emotions, relationships, and life challenges.
Working together as your St Cloud, MN marriage counselor, or as your individual therapist, could help clear the way for you to resolve difficulties and move forward in more creative and empowering ways. Richard and Bonnett provide an alternative to making therapy so specifically focused on treating mental illness such as anxiety or depression.
Our clients appreciate that focusing on their life challenges rather than mental illness diagnoses. Instead, we collaborate by co-creating new ways of thinking, communicating, and being. We discover new insights to intelligently think and skillfully do things in an empowering, intentional, and effective way.
May we work together to improve your life, so your relationships become more optimal and the pain you have been experiencing fades?
If you are new to counseling or consulting, you may wish to preview what it would be like to work with us when first contacting us, having therapy online or by phone, and having your 1st session. Here is a link to help you know what it is like to begin as a new client of St. Cloud Counseling Therapy.
In addition to serving clients Stearns, Benton, Sherburne counties near us in St Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, Becker, Big Lake and Elk River, we serve clients in the lakes area including Alexandria, Brainerd, and Little Falls in Central Minnesota. We serve teletherapy clients throughout Northern, MN, the Arrowhead and the Iron Range, and across the state of Minnesota.
Questions? We Welcome Hearing From You!
After viewing the resources and information on our website, including our Frequently Asked Questions, please feel free to reach out with questions or information about becoming a client.