Kelly Swanson, LPCC, RPT

I was born in Denver, Colorado, and was adopted by my parents who had one adopted son and later, they adopted my little sister. We moved to Minnesota in the 80’s. I was still in high school and that is were I met my future husband. We were high school sweethearts and got married right after graduation. We have been happily married for 34 years.

I have two grown children and a grandchild, all of which are the loves of my life. My family is very important to me and we love traveling together, spending time enjoying life and making memories. My interests are traveling, nature, pets, reading, and continued learning every day.

I have worked in several areas, started out as a teenager working both as a waitress and a bank teller until I had my first child then stayed home to take care of him. Later I worked in the business office at Sears, until we moved to Mora where I currently live. I worked as a Pharmacy Technician until a family member was diagnosed with cancer so I quit my job to help out with her care. I got a job working for Kanabec County Public Health and worked there until my mother and another family member moved in with us and needed care. My husband and I are caretakers for two family members who are disabled. We understand the importance of caring for one another and the need to help others.

I worked from home for my husbands company doing accounting and business work while caring for my family. I longed to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a therapist. So I started a new journey of learning to achieve this goal.

Once I had received my Bachelor’s Degree from Argosy University in Psychology, Forensic Psychology/ Criminal Justice, I enrolled in Bethel University working toward a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Children, Adolescents, and Community Counseling.

I did my internship, and started working for Therapeutic Services Agency as a clinical trainee and did in home therapy. Soon after I started working in the School Linked Mental Health program at East Central School. I worked on continuing education and was trained in Trauma Focused CBT and DC-05 Assessments.

While working I still wanted to learn more, I have a love of learning new things, and went to Minnesota State Mankato to receive certification and educational credits to become a Registered Play Therapist. I soon received my Professional license: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. (LPCC)

While working at East Central Schools I worked with students from infants through 18yrs as well as adults. I also did family therapy, couples, Individual therapy, and I specialize in Play therapy.

I was given the opportunity to work with a small company, Monarch Counseling Service in a rural area where there is a shortage of therapists and a great need for therapy. I respected the owner and her philosophy towards therapeutic intervention and client care so I decided that I wanted to work with her.  I knew what a wonderful opportunity this would be to grow, and serve where there is a high need for mental health services in a community I had grown to love.

At Monarch Counseling Service I will do Diagnostic Assessments including DC-05 assessments, Treatment Planning, Play Therapy, work with trauma, anxiety and depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm, anger issues, family therapy, grief and loss, etc. I work with all ages birth through 100.

I feel blessed to walk with my clients on their journey of healing, and self-discovery assisting them to uncover their own strengths and build on them. Supporting them, giving them guidance on the road to completing their goals.


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