Youth and Family Counseling

Professional counseling service for all ages

Programs we offer:

Individual Therapy

Family Therapy

Group Therapy

Couples Therapy

School Based Mental Health

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Counseling Services

At Lakes Center for Youth & Families, we use a collaborative client-centered approach that’s designed to meet each client where they are at. Our offices provide an inviting comfortable environment and our therapists use creative strategies and evidence-based approaches to best serve our clients. We provide therapy to people of all ages, striving to equip people with the skills to heal traumas, manage symptoms, reduce stress, and improve their overall quality of life.

    Our Services

    Individualized treatment for mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral concerns; addressing symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, addiction, attachment difficulties, family conflict and parenting.

    We work with the whole family to provide skills, tools, and support as families learn to reduce conflict, enhance communication, understand generational family patterns, and build healthy boundaries.

    Group therapy can be an ideal choice for addressing concerns and making positive changes. Groups are offered on site and in schools within the Forest Lake district. Group topics vary and include coping skills, connection building, and DBT.

    Goals of couples therapy include strengthening connection, increasing intimacy, relationship discernment, co-parenting and uncoupling.

    Lakes Center offers on-site counseling to students in Forest Lake Area Schools (District 831) to support social, emotional, behavioral and academic wellness.

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative therapeutic approach that has proven to be effective in reducing the long-lasting effects of PTSD, as well as in treating a wide range of other mental health symptoms.

    Our Counselors

    Rebecca Bowers, MA, LMFT

    Rebecca holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her clinical experience includes assessments and testing, inpatient, outpatient, and school-based settings. Rebecca utilizes relational evidence-based approaches, providing collaborative client-centered psychotherapy to adults, couples, adolescents, families, and groups. Therapeutic orientations adapt to the needs of each client, incorporating elements of Systems Theory, Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness-based, and Somatic Experiencing. Specialized areas of interest and expertise include trauma and attachment, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, couples counseling, and relational concerns. Rebecca is certified in treating child and adolescent trauma and is EMDRIA trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Above all, Rebecca believes that a strong relationship and a sense of personal connection is the most important component to success in therapy.

    Carrie Niles, MA, LPCC

    Carrie holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She has experience working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families in outpatient therapy settings, as well as in private practice, and chemical health treatment. Her work is grounded in strong, respectful, and collaborative relationships with clients and families that build on patient’s strengths and supports overall growth, personal, and relational development. Areas of clinical interest include trauma and attachment in children and adults, as well as symptoms related to depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction, relational conflict, school issues, and life transitions. Carrie is EMDRIA trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based modality for treating a variety of symptoms, including trauma.

    Lindsay Doten, MSW, LGSW

    Lindsay holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and has many years of experience working with children, adults and families in various settings including children’s mental health case management, adult mental health case management, in-home applied behavior analysis therapy and inpatient social work as well as interning at a residential treatment center from adolescents. Lindsay’s clinical orientation is oriented towards Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory and Attachment Theory. Specialized areas of interest include working with children, adolescents, young adults and families, including areas of attachment & trauma, autism, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior and addiction. Lindsay also works with juvenile justice involved clients in LC4YF’s Intervention program. She believes in creating a relationship with each client and does her best to meet each client where they are and focus on their strengths.

    Jenny Birkholz, MSW, LADC

    Jenny holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is pursuing licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. Her clinical experience includes assessments, psychotherapy and groups with adults and adolescents with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety and depression in outpatient and inpatient settings. Jenny believes in an individual’s ability to be resilient and resourceful. She uses strength-based and person-centered approaches to help individuals reach their goals by building on their existing strengths. Techniques are adapted to client’s needs including mindfulness, deep breathing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jenny also has training and experience with Brainspotting therapy- a powerful body-based psychotherapy used to treat trauma and other symptoms. Ultimately, she strives to create comfortable space and trusting relationships with clients.

    Insurance Options

    Lakes Center for Youth & Families accepts most commercial and all state-based insurance plans, including:

    • Health Partners 
    • Blue Cross BLUE SHIELD 
    • UCARE 
    • Cigna 
    • Medical Assistance (MA/MHCP) 
    • Aetna
    • Medica 
    • United Health Care (UHC) 
    • United Behavioral Health 
    • Optum 
    • Preferred One

    If you have an insurance type that is not mentioned, we may still be able to provide services that are covered by your insurance. For more information, contact your member services number on the back of your insurance card to see if your benefits cover our services. We also offer private pay and sliding fee services. Please contact us to see how we can help at 651-464-3685 or email us.

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    Directory/Extension #

    101 - Sarah Curtis
    102 - Lindsay Doten
    103 - Rebecca Bowers
    104 - Carrie Niles
    106 - Jenny Birkholz
    107 - Emma Norwood
    108 - Jenna Jones
    109 - Linda Madsen
    111 - Clarissa Zemke
    112 - Linda Pasicznyk 
    114 - Jamie Prettner


    20 Lake Street North, Suite 103, Forest Lake, MN


    LC4YF staff are mostly working remotely.

    We are open by appointment only.