Renee Segal, MA LMFT, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, EMDR Therapist

Renee Segal, MA LMFT, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, EMDR Therapist

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology, Counseling
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 11181
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13911 Ridgedale Drive #335
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305 - United States
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Research shows consistently that no matter what counseling method is used, the connection between you and your counselor is the essential factor in you feeling better about yourself and your life.

As such, a safe and supportive relationship is created. It is important that you feel heard, acknowledged and supported. This is the significant ingredient for your personal and relationship transformation.

I am an active therapist, I don't just "sit there". A lot of my clients tell me that other therapists didn't react to what they are saying. Yes, I listen deeply but it is also helpful to understand how to cope with difficult feelings and situations. I am active, warm, supportive and very practical in sessions. My goal is to help you learn how to be resilient to get through problems. Therapy is a way to get on with life and shouldn't be a way of life.

Approaching Individual Counseling:
A respectful, collaborative, optimistic and holistic approach is used. People are best understood based on how they relate to others. This is rooted in the patterns learned in their most significant relationship experiences usually their relationship with their parents. So your family history is very important. I am also interested in your relationships with your friends and loved ones.

Since reality and meaning are created by you, what you think about your problem and yourself is very important. It is also significant what is happening for you in the present moment, in the therapy room and in the therapeutic relationship. Your problems will be undermined by looking at some of your beliefs about yourself, the world and how you might be unknowingly perpetuating the problem.

Approach to Couples Counseling:
I work with couples quite a bit. People often ask me how much of my practice is dedicated to couples counseling. About 70% of my weekly practice is spent with couples, so I am quite experienced with relationship problems. Working with couples is some of my favorite work because I like to repair the bonds between people.

In working with couples, I think of your relationship system as one client and then each partner as another client. Families create, maintain and live by spoken and unspoken rules. It is easy to undstand people within the context of a family system or in relationship. We choose partners to help us heal and work out our unresolved problems. It is assumed that you and your partner want to a loving, secure and close bond. As such,the approach I use is Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

EFT is a comprehensive method of relationship counseling, based on well-tested theory and decades of research and clinical practice. It is highly regarded as a most effective approach to marriage and couple therapy even for the very distressed couples.

EFT focuses on what makes relationships distressed and what can most effectively heal and strengthen them. The premise is that adults who feel safe and secure with each other report high levels of satisfaction and happiness in their primary relationship.

According to the originator of this approach, the core questions we all want answered from our partner are, "Are you there for me? Do I matter to you? Will you come when I need you?" EFT can help you go from, "I am not" sure to "Yes, I know you are there for me. I know I matter to you. I know you will be there when I call."

Through Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, you will restructure the negative repetitive cycles you and your partner get caught in, over and over, feeling like there is no way to stop. The goal is to help you go from angry, withdrawn, hostile and guarded in your relationship, to feeling safer, warmer and more bonded. Most of all, the love, trust and connection that you once had with your partner can be rekindled and grow to a deeper level than ever before.

I also use a technique for resolving trauma: EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing, a therapy method that can help resolve painful life memories that still impact you, often in much fewer sessions than traditional talk therapy. Proven over a 20 year history of treatment and research, it works to resolve the way distressing memories are stored in the brain. It is recommended by the American Psychological Association and the Veterans Administration as an effective method.

Email or Call Renee Segal, MA LMFT, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, EMDR Therapist at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11181

More Info About My Practice

I am an out of network provider with insurance companies which means that I do not bill insurance companies directly. Your counseling services may be eligible for reimbursement through out-of-network benefits, medical spending or health care savings accounts. Health insurance plans and benefits vary. Check with your provider about reimbursement for your counseling services.

Some reasons to pay privately or Out of Pocket:

Private paying clients choose not to involve insurance companies in their mental health care. Their counseling is not limited by the diagnosis, treatment plan or session limits that health insurance companies dictate. Insurance companies often limit the number of sessions and even the type of therapy. Many insurance companies do not cover couples/relational or family therapy.

To have therapy services covered under insurance, a mental health diagnosis must be made. This then becomes a part of your permanent health care record. This may lead to limitations such as denial for quality life insurance or health insurance later on. Additionally, since a mental health diagnosis must be made to obtain reimbursement, the insurance company has to know a lot of information about you to be covered. The insurance company can review all of your records at their discretion.

By paying privately or out of pocket, I can assure private pay clients of the highest degree of privacy, flexibility and control of their mental health record allowed by Minnesota state law, since my records are exempt from insurance reporting and random compliance audits. Our work is off record.

In addition, many insurance companies require a deductible to be met before they start paying, so you may be paying out of pocket anyway.

We will work collaboratively to decide how often to attend therapy and you decide what you want to focus on. You have the control, not the insurance company.

Sliding fee scale available to clients with limited resources according to a fee schedule, please contact Renee at 612-875-6416 to discuss your specific situation.

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

I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help distressed couples because it deals with the basic human question of feeling safe in a relationship. Is my partner really there when I call? Do I feel secure? When I most need my husband/wife is he/she there for me? These are the issues that are the cause of most marital and relationship difficulty. If we feel alone in our relationship it is highly distressing and can feel like we are fighting for our lives. We then either protest by fighting, and becoming critical of our partner or we feel overwhelmed and completely withdraw. In my work with couples I focus on strengthen the bond between them. Problem solving is a natural result of feeling close and connected. Emotion Focused Couples Therapy is highly researched and evidence based in working with conflicted couples. Once couples trust and can depend on each other problems generally slip away.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

A good indicator that you might want counseling is when you’re having difficulties at work, when you are having a hard time concentrating, if you feel unhappy more days than not, if you cannot sleep, have a hard time figuring out what is important in your life, or just cannot manage the stress anymore. If you are currently questioning if you should go into counseling, that is probably the best indicator that you should. Trust your instincts.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

Healing happens when people have different life experiences. The relationship with the therapist can provide a new life experience which can be generalized to others. I provide a an experience of deep listening, validation, warmth and humor.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    GLBTQ, survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse and other sexual trauma

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Collaborative Therapy / Collaborative Language Systems
  • Constructivisim
  • Dreamwork and Dream Analysis
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Logotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Redecision therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Soul-Centered Psychiatry
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

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