Cody Oaks, MA, LPCC
Cody believes courageous self-exploration is essential for psychological well-being and the actualization of human potential. In therapy, he works out of an existential-integrative approach to guide the journey towards increased wholeness, self-acceptance, and vitality. In sessions, Cody favors a highly-collaborative, soulfully-engaged relational stance with the aim to co-create an authentically healing relationship as the primary therapeutic element. Cody has clinical expertise in dealing with anxiety, depression, spiritual/meaning crises, adjustment-to-change issues, personality disorders (narcissism, codependency), mood disorders (depression, bi-polar), grief, relationship (couples/partner) difficulties and substance abuse. Cody also works with individuals who wish to deepen in self-knowledge and personal authenticity. In addition to private practice, Cody has clinical experience in residential treatment facilities, patient in-home settings, and in adult-rehabilitative mental health support. Cody is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor by the Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy and is passionate about training student clinicians into understanding depth approaches to the practice of psychotherapy and the theory of psychology.
Cody has published articles in The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and the Princeton Theological Review, has presented at The International Network for Personal Meaning (Vancouver, BC), the International Kierkegaard Conference (St. Olaf University), the American Academy of Religion, has given several training presentations on existential psychology & topics in psychoanalysis, and has taught graduate level coursework on the writings of Søren Kierkegaard (University of Copenhagen). As a humanistically-oriented psychotherapist, Cody has a passion for a deep examination of how racism particularly affects human psychology/psychopathology and how it might be treated therapeutically. Prior to clinical work in psychotherapy, Cody completed graduate work in philosophy & world religions (Princeton, Luther), providing him with an unique ability and background to address spiritual, philosophical, and existential concerns in a clinical setting marked by a stance of curiosity and openness. In his free time, Cody enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities, listening to vinyl records (mostly from the 1980's), and various meditative practices.
A Twin Cities native, Daniel has been serving the mental health community for 6 years providing individual therapy, patient in-home services, Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, and Children’s Therapeutic Services. Daniel believes that empowering individuals is essential to building strong families and communities. His approach is based on the belief that, deep down, individuals know best how to rejuvenate life for themselves, and he guide clients in a bold search within to discover and reconnect with their authentic selves. In his work with clients, Daniel takes a collaborative approach rooted in the wisdom of philosophical inquiry. He places a particular focus on the therapeutic relationship to help individuals address that which is causing emotional distress. He is passionate about working towards psychological healing from an orientation rooted in depth psychology, spiritual psychology, and values enlightenment. Daniel holds a BA in psychology and is currently completing an MA in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He is working under the licensed supervision of Cody L. Oaks, MA, LPCC.
Shanna Carlson, MSW/LGSW, Ph.D. in Romance Studies
My name is Shanna Carlson and I work with individual adults of diverse backgrounds. As a clinician in analytic training, I will tune in to what’s causing suffering in your life, working alongside you to unbind the signifiers that have stymied your expression of unconscious desire.
Symptoms and crises appear at precise moments in our lives, with logics of their own linked to something that has not been said. This is why the one rule of psychoanalysis is free association: saying anything and everything that comes to mind. With the aid of your dreams, we will enter into what is at the heart of what is not working in your life, exploring, among other things, what is out of control; why it seems that, no matter what you do, something goes wrong; and what it is you want. We will do so by working with your dreams, symptoms, and fantasies; slips of the tongue, lapses, “failed” acts, and anxiety; demand and desire; and the unsaid and the unspeakable. We will follow these repetitions and ruptures over time, seeking how you have found your way in the past and the logics at the heart of your suffering, and we will witness the solutions you create and the changes you make in accompaniment with your discoveries.
Lacanian psychoanalysis is an intensive treatment and we will meet two to four times per week. In our first meetings, we will establish a frame for our work, which will include a discussion of what you are seeking, what I am offering, and the fee and number of weekly sessions. I also have an academic background in literature, critical theory, and gender and sexuality studies. My experience teaching courses in French and world literature and queer, feminist, and transgender theory also informs the ways that I listen and support what is creative—and what is writing and written—in my patients.
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