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Hello, I'm Almena! 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Identities: African American

Therapy Approaches

Through a compassionate, holistic, strengths-based, culturally informed, affirming framework, I will support and create a non-judgmental space for you, to put together the puzzle pieces of your unique journey towards a greater sense of balance, wellness, healing, and continued growth. I use various therapeutic modalities in my practice including Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-focused therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and a Strength based trauma informed approach.

Licensure

  • LGSW -State of Minnesota

Education

  • I obtained my Masters of Social Work from St. Catherine University, and am a pre-licensed therapist.

Clinical Supervision

I am working toward my licensure and is working under the clinical supervision of MN Board Approved Supervisor Ana Zedginidze, LPCC.

Other Credentials/Specialities

Harvard Medical School Certification in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery

My Story

My lived and professional experience includes over 25+ years in corporations and international organizations in the States, the Middle East, and France, combined with providing culturally and trauma informed individual and group psychotherapy services in outpatient and community settings with clients including BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients’, African adults and families, University students, and referral and support services to refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers.

 

My approach to therapy is compassionate, holistic, strengths-based, culturally informed, and affirming in a collaborative and non-judgmental space. I will support you to put together the puzzle pieces of your unique journey towards a greater sense of balance, wellness, healing and continued growth.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, kids, grandkids, and extended family, international travel, and the simple things in life: walks in nature, gardening, home-cooked meals, and lively conversations about the world we live in from different perspectives.

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