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.

    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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    Directory/Extension #

    102 - Christa Lachell
    103 - Rebecca Bowers
    104 - Carrie Niles
    105 - Jessie Szmanda
    106 - Jenny Birkholz          109 - Linda Madsen
    110 - Sara Stromberg
    112 - Linda Pasicznyk
    114 - Jamie Prettner
    116 - Emily Tatum


    200 4th St SW
    PO Box 970
    Forest Lake, MN 55025


    LC4YF staff are mostly working remotely.

    We are open by appointment only.