Find a Therapist in Minnesota
Welcome to the Minnesota therapist directory at GoodTherapy.org. Our directory is the fastest and safest way to find a good counselor or therapist in Minnesota cities. We only include professional therapists, counselors, and psychologists whose work accords, in attitude and orientation, to the elements of good therapy. Find a therapist or counselor in your Minnesota zip code, or click on the links below to see the counselors in your city:
- Apple Valley
- Big Lake
- Brooklyn Park
- Eden Prairie
- Forest Lake
- Golden Valley
- Lake Elmo
- Maple Grove
- Saint Louis Park
- Saint Paul
- Vadnais Heights
- White Bear Lake
Mental Health Matters in Minnesota
Population estimates from the United States Census Bureau suggest more than 5.4 people lived in Minnesota in 2015. Female residents made up 50.3% of the population. Roughly 23.5% of residents were under 18 years of age, and 14.3% were at least 65 years old or older. Minnesota was home to 355,366 U.S. veterans.
Information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 50,160 residents worked in social service and community-related jobs in 2015. These occupations involved working as depression treatment therapists, counselors employed by rehabilitation centers, some categories of religious workers, clinical social workers, guidance counselors, community health workers, and marriage and family therapists. In Minnesota, people in these professions earn an average of $45,700 per year.
Mental Health in Minnesota
Annually, Mental Health America (MHA) evaluates all states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia for mental health conditions and professional services across the country. At the end of that survey, Minnesota received the top overall ranking, which is an indicator of low rates of experienced mental health issues and relatively easy access to mental health services. Therapists in Minnesota and researchers from MHA say this high rank correlates with low rates of unemployment, violent crime, obesity, and poverty within the state. In addition to its overall rank, Minnesota also finished in the top 10 for all four primary mental health care categories; the state was 7th in adult ranking, 1st in youth ranking, 4th in prevalence of mental health issues, and 3rd in access to care.
According to Mental Health America’s 2016 survey, nearly 18% of adults in Minnesota experience adverse mental health concerns. The state received a ranking of 11th in this category. However, counselors and therapists in Minnesota may be concerned about suicidal ideation and substance dependence issues within the state. The 2016 MHA survey reports 3.9% of adult residents have serious thoughts of suicide, while 8.8% of adults have addiction issues with drugs or alcohol. Minnesota was ranked 21st and 24th in these respective categories.
Current research suggests Minnesota has a relatively low prevalence of mental health issues among the younger population. For example, the state was ranked 6th for teenagers with alcohol or drug dependence, 3rd for teenagers who experienced at least one episode of major depression in the past, and 6th for teenagers with severe symptoms of major depression.
Therapy and other mental health treatment options appear to be effective in the state. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states 80.5% of adolescents in Minnesota report improved functioning after receiving treatment through the public mental health system—significantly higher than the national average of 69.3%. The 2016 MHA survey reports Minnesota was ranked in the top 10 in several access to care measures—finishing with the ninth-lowest percentage of adults with mental health issues who were not insured; the seventh-lowest percentage of young people with major depressive episodes who did not receive mental health services; the third-highest percentage of young people with severe depression symptoms who received consistent depression treatment; and the second-highest percentage of students identified with emotional issues for an individualized education program. However, Minnesota was ranked a low 40th for children who were insured by private carriers that did not cover behavioral or emotional issues.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2015). Occupational employment statistics: 21-0000 community and social service occupations (major group). Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes210000.htm
Nguyen, T., Davis, K., Counts, N. & Fritze, D. (2016). The state of mental health in America. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/sites/default/files/2016%20MH%20in%20America%20FINAL.pdf
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Behavioral health barometer: Minnesota, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/State_BHBarometers_2014_1/BHBarometer-MN.pdf
United States Census Bureau. (2015). Quick facts: Minnesota. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/27