Betsy Sansby, MS, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Counseling in Minnetonka, Minnesota, 55345

Betsy Sansby, MS, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Betsy Sansby, MS, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 48
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 04377
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Office 1
4275 churchill circle
Minnetonka, MN
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345
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Billing and Insurance

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $140 full 60-min.
$200 full 90-min
Teletherapy sessions now available for my clients from anywhere in the world.

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"I am so grateful to have met you at the worst time of my life. Thanks for your strength and kindness." -Client-

When you're really struggling, you need more than a good listener. You need someone who can sort through the details fast, someone who can help you figure out what you really want, what you really need, and how to get it--as quickly as possible.

In our work together, we'll talk about what you really want and figure out what's keeping you from getting it. Once you identify your goals, I'll help you design your own program, and give you concrete, practical tools you can use to break out of patterns that cause sadness, pain or dissatisfaction in your life. Between sessions, your job will be to work those goals, so you're always making progress--even when I'm not around. Each time we meet, we'll figure out what's working, what's not, and what's next.

You can expect me to:
* Ask direct questions
* Notice what others miss
* Tell you what I really think
* Care about your well-being and your relationships
* Insist you do your homework
* Make each step as easy as possible

Don't expect me to:
* Sit and nod
* Agree with you all the time
* Avoid difficult topics
* Work harder than you do
* Perform miracles very often

Betsy Sansby is a licensed therapist with 30 years of clinical experience. Her practice includes: therapists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, performing artists, couples and young adults. Betsy has appeared in Redbook Magazine, and has been a featured in The Ladies' Home Journal. She is also the author of Ask Betsy, a popular online advice column.

A special note to those suffering from depression or anxiety:
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 10% of the adult population--or 15 million people--suffer from depression each year. And 40 million suffer from anxiety disorders. In older adults--especially women--these numbers are even higher. And the numbers are rising, especially among children.

The good news is that you will not always feel this way. And you do not need to suffer alone. I will keep you company on your journey and can teach you mindfulness practices that will help you disengage from your suffering, and prevent relapse once you are well again.

Betsy is an expert in the treatment of depression and anxiety. In 2011, she completed the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Training (MBCT) for Professionals, and is qualified to deliver the MBCT Program, an 8-week program that cuts the relapse rate of depression for people who have suffered three or more episodes.

Email or Call Betsy Sansby, MS, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 04377

More Info About My Practice

Clients' feedback:
"I appreciate how "real" you are, and how you're able to capture the essence of an issue, instead of getting lost in the symptoms or outer layers."

"We got more out of our first session with Betsy than we did in 3 years of counseling with another therapist.

"You didn't turn away, judge, or silence me when things got uncomfortable or difficult."

"Being with Betsy was always like getting a great mental flossing. I always left sessions with more to think about."

"Just a quick update...things are going FABULOUS! It is like I am living with a totally different person...well, the person I fell in love with!! He's back!! Truly amazing...I am grateful to you every day!!"

"My husband and I were talking about you tonight. You did amazing things for us. We've had a great couple of months realizing how much we love each other. Couples like us could put you out of business!"

"After our first session, my husband said 'This is the most hopeful I've felt in ages.' Thanks, Betsy!"

"You are not just helping the two of us, you're helping us give our beautiful girls the gift of a peaceful, happy home that they can feel loved in. I thank you for that! "

"We worked hard, but you gave us the tools. Without them, we could have worked just as hard and gotten nowhere--except maybe divorced."

"Thank you for your intense curiosity, intelligence, humor, and compassion."

"Betsy didn't turn away, judge, or silence me when things got uncomfortable or difficult."

"Thank you for all you have done, and all that you do. I believe your work is truly PRICELESS! I hope you know how much it is appreciated."

"Betsy pulled the truth from an ocean of craziness."

"Hi Betsy! Our kids love the OuchKit. So do we all! They come in quite handy here, as we 'Ouch' each other on a regular basis. :)"
Credentials and Experience:

Master of Science in Counseling (Marriage & Family) 1983, California State University; Minnesota Board-Approved Supervisor of Marriage & Family Therapists. Bachelor of Science, University of California at Davis 1979. Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 1974. University of Minnesota, 1973.

Clinical Memberships: American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Midwest Association of Marriage & Family Therapy since 1983.

Office hours and setting: I work out of a lovely home-office, perched on a hill, and surrounded by trees. I work: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to noon. I answer my own phones. I do not work evenings.

Email and Phone Sessions: I also I offer email and phone sessions for people who travel a lot, live out of state, or have trouble getting to my office. I can usually return calls within a couple of hours.

Fees: Therapists typically charge for what's called a "therapeutic hour," which lasts 45-50 minutes, instead of 60. This strange and misleading convention makes sense in busy clinics where therapists have to return calls between sessions in order to leave work on time. I don't charge this way. It's not only misleading to charge for an hour that's not really an hour, but I find that 45 minutes is not long enough to get much work done. My fees are based on either a 60-minute or a 90-minute session.

A 60-minute session is $140. A 90-minute session is $200. Payment is due at the time of service. Although I do not accept insurance, some clients have been successful at getting their insurance carrier (including Blue Cross and Medica Choice) to cover a percentage of their therapy on an "out-of-network" basis. I'm happy to provide you with claims forms you can submit to your insurance company. I also accept VISA and MasterCard payments.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I know depression and anxiety well--both professionally and personally. I've spent the past ten years learning ways to retrain the brain to heal from these bewildering illnesses and to prevent them from ever coming back. I am trained to teach the 8-week, "Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for the Prevention of Relapse of Depression Program," and used mindfulness techniques with my clients.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

We do not heal as well on our own as we do in relationships--in particular, in relationships with people who acknowledge our gifts, accept our faults, and aren't afraid to challenge us to be our highest selves.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

You will know in the first ten minutes if I can help you. I will challenge you, but I will not push you to go faster than the slowest part of you feels safe to go.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Therapy for individuals, couples, health professionals, artists. Also help facilitate workplace disputes. Special expertise in working with people struggling with recurrent depression and/or anxiety who are looking to recover fully and develop ways to prevent relapse. Betsy is qualified to deliver the 8-week, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Program for the Prevention of Depression Relapse.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Habits
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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