Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Get to know Hoffmann Counseling Services, St. Peter, New Ulm, Waseca, and Mankato! We take pride in joining the professionals that refer individuals to our services. We know the team approach and collaboration are key when it comes to the success of people we serve. The following is information provided to offer insight on the services we provide.

Clinical Services

Outpatient psychotherapy (All Ages)

Psychotherapy helps a person change and overcome problems in desired ways through the use of particular methods. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual's well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills. SPCC uses psychotherapies that are considered evidence-based. Most psychotherapy methods involve one-to-one sessions, between client and therapist, but some are conducted with groups, including families. Psychotherapists may be mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, or professional counselors. Mental health practitioners may also engage in psychotherapy if they are on track for professional licensure; either completed a master's level program or in the practicum phase of a master's level program. These individuals are supervised under a mental health professional until independently licensed.

Services Included:

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS)

CTSS is a flexible package of mental health services for children who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of intervention. CTSS addresses the conditions of emotional disturbance that impair and interfere with an individual's ability to function independently. For children with emotional disturbances, rehabilitation means a series of multidisciplinary combination of psychiatric and psychosocial interventions to restore a child or adolescent to a level of functioning that they either had or would have achieved if normal development was not impaired by a mental health disorder.

Eligibility: Children under 18 diagnosed with an Emotional Disturbance (ED) or meet criteria for Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED) and adults ages 18-20 diagnosed with Mental Illness (MI) or meet criteria for Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).

Services included:
  • Psychotherapy
  • Skills Training
  • Crisis Planning

Outpatient Sex-specific Treatment (All Ages)

Hoffmann Counseling Services works with individuals using a sexual health, strength-based, and Good Lives Framework. Hoffmann Counseling Services uses current and motivational strategies to work through denial and fear around being involved in treatment and opening up. Hoffmann Counseling Services provides an extensive psychosexual assessment. Components of the assessment include: mental status exam, history of trauma, mental health, substance abuse, and other significant developmental issues, sexual history (interview and review of collateral data necessitating the assessment), re-offense risk assessments (ERASOR, JSOAP, Static-99R, and Stable-2007), personality, behavioral, and sexual adjustment assessments, and a recommendation of treatment needs based on the results of the assessment.

  • Group
  • Individual
  • Family
  • Progress Review
  • Discharge Planning
  • Aftercare Services
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychoeducation

Assessments and Evaluations

  • Diagnostic Assessment 

    • A diagnostic assessment (DA) is a written report that documents the clinical and functional face-to-face evaluation of a recipient's mental health. This is completed annually/ and or at the opening of services to get an understanding of the treatment needs of an individual.

  • Psychosexual Evaluation 

    • A psychosexual evaluation focuses on an individual’s sexual development, sexual history, paraphilic interests, sexual adjustment and recidivism risk level. The evaluation typically includes a full social and family history, employment/school history, case formulation, psychological testing, and specific treatment recommendations. A critical component of the psychosexual evaluation is the detailed and thorough sexual history, which includes the exploration of sexual development, attitudes, fantasies, and adjustment. To enhance the reliability, comprehensiveness, and usefulness of psychosexual evaluations, multiple sources of data must be taken into account. Important sources of information include relevant documentation, interviews with the adult or juvenile sex offender, collateral communication with the referring party and both general and sex offense–specific assessment instruments.

  • Psychological Evaluations

    • Psychological evaluation is defined as a way of assessing an individual's behavior, personality, cognitive abilities, and several other domains. The purpose behind many modern psychological evaluations is to try to pinpoint what is happening in someone's psychological life that may be inhibiting their ability to behave or feel in more appropriate or constructive ways; it is the mental equivalent of physical examination. Other psychological evaluations seek to better understand the individual’s unique characteristics or personality to predict things like workplace performance or customer relationship management.

  • Anger/ Violence Evaluation

    • The use for an anger management evaluation can include situations when there has been a domestic dispute, domestic violence (DV) charge, disorderly conduct charge, an altercation at work, anger displayed in traffic, or similar circumstances. Our anger management evaluation seeks to help get an accurate picture of your current level of anger control. While many individuals do not have an established problem with anger, for those that do, we provide recommendations to help improve your ability to manage stress, frustration, and expression of anger.

  • Parenting Assessments

    • A Parenting Assessment is a tool that is used to examine the strengths and areas of growth in the family.  The assessment examines the quality of the parent child relationship, the parent’s ability to effectively meet the child’s needs, the parent responses to challenges and the overall family functioning.  The goals of the assessment are set by the referring worker, family and clinician at the time of intake as the goals can vary based on need. 

    • Through the process clinicians are generating a report outlining their observations including both the strengths and areas of growth identified.  Clinicians will give the family and referral source as report including recommendations for services, ideas on addressing the areas of growth, express concerns that were observed and address the goals of the assessment directly.

Therapeutic Modalitites

  • Play Therapy

    • Play therapy is a form of therapy primarily geared toward children. A child is encouraged to explore life events that may have an effect on current circumstances, in a manner and pace of the child's choosing, primarily through play but also through language. Play therapy can help individuals communicate, explore repressed thoughts and emotions, address unresolved trauma, and experience personal growth and is widely viewed as an important, effective, and developmentally appropriate mental health treatment.

  • Attachment-Based Therapy

    • Primarily, a type of family therapy in which aims to help a parent and a child repair ruptures in their relationship and work to develop or rebuild an emotionally secure relationship.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy that is based on the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself. One important part of CBT is changing unhelpful thinking and behavior that lead to enduring improvement in mood and functioning.

  • Narrative Therapy

    • In narrative therapy, the events that occur over time in a person's life are viewed as stories, some of which stand out as more significant or more fateful than others. These significant stories, usually stemming from negative events, can ultimately shape one's identity. In this therapy, clients see how they are the experts regarding their own life and, as such, can uncover the dreams, values, goals, and skills that define who they really are, separate from their problems.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

    • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values. ACT helps individuals recognize ways in which their attempts to suppress, manage, and control emotional experiences create challenges. By recognizing and addressing these challenges, individuals can become better able to make room for values-based actions that support well-being.

  • Developmental Therapy

    • Developmental Therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on integration of conceptual skills, motor skills, language skills, and social-emotional skills.

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

    • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

    • An evidence-based treatment model designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families in overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic experience. This method has been proven effective for treatment after multiple traumas or a single traumatic event.

  • Person Centered Therapy

    • A non-directive form of talk therapy; it allows the client to lead the conversation and does not attempt to steer the client in any way. Its approach rests on one vital quality: unconditional positive regard. This means that the therapist refrains from judging the client for any reason, providing a source of complete acceptance and support.

  • Family Systems Therapy

    • Family systems therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units, where many issues are likely to begin. One of the most important premises of family systems therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family.