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Robin Risso, LMFT

Equine Assisted Behavioral Health Services

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and so I view therapy through the lens of relationships. Your relationships with those you live with, work or go to school with, your family, friends, community etc. I view my role as providing tools, perspective, skills, and building strength and resiliency. 

I began working as a family therapist in 2000. I joined North Star Guidance Center in 2011 after working in community mental health and providing outreach family treatment. I was trained in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in 2014,  in neurofeedback in the fall of 2016, and completed my basic EMDR training in the fall of 2019. I am engaged in continuous learning and continuing to add to my skills or in some cases, diversify what I can offer. Why is that important to you? It means that I continue to work to be able to provide innovative, supportive, and most importantly healing treatment options for those who are looking for treatment for anxiety, depression, grief, depression, and more.

Bullying, self esteem, attentional challenges, anxiety, trauma, anger management are some of the themes that often arise when I am working with teens , young adults, and adults. I also work with individuals who experience challenges related to understanding and reading social cues, emotional expression, and sarcasm etc.

I have training and integrate in to my work: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),  Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT), Narrative Therapy, Discernment Counseling, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and utilize interventions from other theoretical frameworks as well.