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Dr. Rick Carlson, Heart and Mind Counseling.Strength and Focus

My strength is in helping people to clarify their situation and issue(s), to identify positive and appropriate options, and to take positive steps toward their goal of wellness and well-being.

My therapeutic approach is solution-focused and short-term. People who come to me for counseling should expect an average number of sessions ranging from 3 to 7. Some people may benefit from a different approach, and I will not hesitate to make appropriate referrals, when indicated.


I have over 25 years of counseling experience in a wide variety of professional settings. I have served as a counselor in a college setting, as a police chaplain, and as a chaplain in long-term care and hospital settings. In addition, I have extensive experience as an employee assistance counselor, and have conducted numerous critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) for groups impacted by traumatic events of all types.

I work with:  

  • Individuals & couples
  • College students
  • Families recovering from suicide or sudden death
  • Victims of trauma and crisis
  • Senior adults
  • Hospital and hospice patients
  • Businesses, workgroups and nonprofit organizations
 Education & Training
  • Master of Arts/Counseling, Sioux Falls Seminary
  • Master of Divinity & Doctor of Ministry, Bethel Theological Seminary

Besides being a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I hold the following certifications –

  • National Certified Counselor (NBCC)
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional (EAPA)
  • Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (AACC)

I have completed Crisis Care Network’s training in “Best Practices in Critical Incident Response in the Workplace,” and have had extensive continuing education on the subject of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

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Rick Carlson, M.A., LPC, NCC, CEAP  -  801 Eclipse Parkway, New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: (612) 998-6616  -  Email: hmcounseling@gmail.com