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 Schools (District 837) 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.

    Jordan Martin, MS

    Jordan holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is pursuing licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor. Jordan strives to create a unique approach for each client in a comfortable environment to promote their overall wellness and fulfillment. Jordan works with children, adolescents, and adults with methods based primarily on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She offers individual and group therapy to address struggles with adjustment, grief and loss, trauma-related struggles, anxiety, and depression.

    Jessie Szmanda, MA

    Jessie holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is currently pursuing licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jessie has experience working with individuals in group therapy, and individual therapy. She also has experience within the Minnesota prison system providing group therapy, psychoeducation, and individual therapy. Jessie believes in meeting each individual where they are and keeping a person-centered therapeutic style to support each client with their individual needs. She utilizes an integrated approach based in Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of clinical interest include trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Most important to Jessie is walking alongside each of her clients at their pace to support them in their journey through therapy.

    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. She believes that each person deserves a second chance and has the ability to learn from their experiences. Lindsay works collaboratively with youth & their families to help youth understand their offense and move forward to make better decisions.

    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

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


    Monday 8am-9pm
    Tuesday 8am-9pm
    Wednesday 8am-6:30pm
    Thursday 8am-9pm
    Friday by appointment