Mental Health Counseling (Outpatient)

Work through everyday challenges, navigate life changes, or get ongoing support for a mental health condition with outpatient therapy and counseling at Essentia Health. You’ll find mental health professionals near you that can help you develop tools to live your best life.

Why See a Therapist?

Resolve problems and gain new skills with the help of an objective, nonjudgmental professional with advanced training in behavior and emotions. When you talk to a therapist, you’ll share your thoughts and work through problems in a safe space. You can be confident that your conversations are confidential.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


Who Will I See?

Your primary care provider can help you decide which type of mental health professional to see. You’ll likely work with either a psychologist or licensed clinical social worker. Both types of providers have advanced degrees and offer psychotherapy, or talk therapy. Neither can prescribe medications.

You’ll achieve the best results when you work with a therapist you’re comfortable with. If you don’t feel like your therapist is a good fit, ask your primary care provider for a referral to a different provider.

Your First Appointment

During your first meeting your therapist will start by getting to know you. You’ll talk about your current problems or concerns. You may also be asked to share a bit about your personal and family history so your therapist can understand your background.

Your therapist will work with you to create a personalized care plan that will include your goals and strategies for how best to reach them. You may talk about types of therapy and how often to see your counselor. If you and your therapist believe you’d benefit from medication, you will be referred to a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. 

Types of Therapy

Work with professionals experienced in:

  • Individual therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy

How Long Will My Therapy Last?

Together, you and your therapist will decide how many sessions you need to achieve your goals. Your therapy could be complete in a single session or last for several weeks or months.

Intensive Outpatient Care

If you need a deeper level of outpatient care, learn about our partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs in Duluth, Minnesota.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a physician’s referral for most behavioral and mental health services at Essentia Health. To schedule an appointment, call 844-663-1068 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

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