Connie Studer,M.A., LMFT

Connie Studer,M.A., LMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - 1760
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3137 Hennepin Ave South
Minneapolis , Minnesota 55408

My Approach to Helping

Are most days a struggle? Heteroflexible Therapy is there to help. Whether you struggle with relationships, addictions, dealing with the loss of a loved one, or past issues of abuse we will work together to meet your personal goals. The practice offers a warm and accepting environment for individuals and couples.

Therapy has the best chance of a positive outcome when there is a "good fit" between the client and the therapist. A 30 minute consultation is offered at no charge so that you and the therapist can determine whether you feel comfortable working together. Please call or email to set up a time convenient to your schedule.

Heteroflexible Therapy, Ltd is an open and affirming practice for straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender individuals. I work with adults, couples, and families and am open and affirming of alternative life styles and love relationships.

Individual Therapy

Connie Studer, M.A., LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is skilled at recognizing the most effective therapy approach to help you find more satisfaction and joy in life. You are unique and the issues you face are unique. After the initial intake sessions we will work together to prepare a treatment plan with your personal goals for therapy defined. Periodically we will evaluate your progress toward meeting those goals. For some clients therapy will be brief; for others therapy may be more long term. In our practice we are skilled in several therapeutic approaches so that you can be assured that the most effective treatment for your issues will be available.

Couples Therapy

Most relationships are imbalanced in certain areas, leading to recurring power struggles and arguments. Areas such as sexual frequency, financial matters, and child-rearing are common conflict areas. It can be useful to explore these conflicts and imbalances with the aid of a relatively unbiased observer.In couples counseling the relationship is the client.
Certain power struggles and cooperative dynamics may have become so habitual or automatic in an intimate relationship that the individuals within the relationship may have learned to simply "settle," accepting areas of chronic dissatisfaction within the relationship as "the way things are." The therapist draws the couple's attention to various patterns underlying stubborn conflicts without taking sides or laying blame. Since clients in couples counseling are encouraged to understand their individual issues as they relate to couple dynamics, supplemental individual therapy is sometimes suggested as a means to maximize and accelerate couples work.

Same sex couples

Relationships are difficult. They take work. Are you and your partner finding that you are not as connected as you once were? Are you finding that sex is not as fulfilling or that you have lost the intimate connection you desire? Perhaps you are merging families and want to learn how to integrate two families into one? Connie Studer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is skilled at working with couples to enhance their relationships however they define them; open, monogamous, or polyamorous.

Preparation for Commitment

You have chosen the person with whom you expect to spend the rest of your life. Perhaps you are planning a wedding or a commitment ceremony. What can you do to prepare yourselves as a couple for a future of love, support, and fulfillment?
A course in marriagecommitment preparation (PrepareEnrich) has been shown to help couples gain skills that will be necessary in the years to come.
You will learn skills to help you as a couple with:
* Communication
* Stress, including wedding stress
* Conflict resolution
* Financial management
* Sex and affection
* Children and parenting

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma

It is important to work on trauma resolution in a safe environment with a therapist skilled in trauma resolution. When you do this work you will likely find that you are able to have more honest and trusting love relationships in your life. With a combination of talk therapy and EMDR in a safe and non-judgmental environment clients have been able to gain a sense of calm and security in their lives.

Substance Dependency and Relapse Prevention

You are making an important step toward recovery from substance abusedependency. We realize that no one wakes up and decides to become an alcoholicaddict. For most, there are issues in our lives that are so painful we need to do something to deaden the pain. In our work we will begin by concentrating on recovery and relapse prevention then we will work on uncovering and dealing with the issues that led to addiction.


Whether you are wondering if you may be transgender or are planning to transition, research shows that having a trained therapist is important to assist you on your journey. We will work together to investigate options available to you. It is important that all of your health care professionals communicate and work together to help you reach your personal goals. Connie Studer understands the steps needed to change genders and will work with you to define your health care team.

Coming out process

How do I tell my family, friends, spouse, and co-workers? Will they embrace me or reject me? These are very difficult questions and oftentimes it makes sense to have a trained professional to help you through the process. As a therapist who works in family systems, Connie understands the struggles and the risks of coming out. Therapy generally starts with the individual and then incorporates family sessions to facilitate communication and hopefully acceptance.

More Info About My Practice

Groups offered:

Business Consulting for Private Practice:

* Do you think you want to start a private practice but feel overwhelmed?
* Is it hard to focus when there seems to be so much to do?
* Need help setting short and long term goals?
* Confused about how to help your ideal clients find you?
* Need ideas about how to set yourself apart from others in the field?

Are you a seasoned professional noticing a decrease in your business?

* Have the referrals from managed care companies slowed down?
* Would you like to be paid what you are worth, spend your time doing what you love, and end your dependence on managed care companies?
* Are you marketing your practice effectively?
* Do you find that the new therapists seem to be getting more clients through the use of the internet and online sources?

Connie Studer, M.A., LMFT can help you to identify your goals and create a plan to make your dreams a reality:

* When you hire Connie as your business coach you get over 25 years experience in helping businesses grow and be profitable.
* Connie is also a psychotherapist, who started a private practice (Heteroflexible Therapy, Ltd.) a little over 3 years ago and has built it into a profitable business.
* She understands the unique business and the ethical guidelines you need to consider when marketing your practice. * She understands that most therapists do not have her extensive background in sales and marketing but is willing to share her skills with you.
* She will help you write a business and marketing plan that is personalized with your unique goals in mind.

There is no one way to be successful:
* Connie will help you to define what success means to you.
* What gets you excited and motivated each day.
* How can you do what you love and make money at the same time?
* How can you structure your practice to make time for those things that are important to your health and wellness?

Trained in motivational interviewing and intrinsic coaching: Connie will work with you to identify the types of clients you like to work with and then help you to develop a plan to help them find you.
* Skilled at recognizing the steps needed to build a profitable private practice:
* Need to find an attorney, a logo designer, a web designer, office space?
* Connie can help you find the experts you need.

In order to give you and your practice the attention it deserves Connie only accepts 4 business clients at a time: The rate for this personalized service is $100 per hour.

Are you just starting out and know 3 others in the same situation? If you would like to form a group the rate for each of you would be $50/hour for a 2 hour session.

Package rates are available. Credit cards accepted.

Free 30 minute consultation please call or email for more information or visit the "Your Private Practice" website.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, couple's counseling, relapse prevention, sexual compulsivity, grief and loss issues including pet loss, trauma resolution caregiver issues, adult survivors of sexual abuse, Business Consulting for Private Practitioners

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Doubt
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues

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