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Meriel LaForce

Outpatient Mental Health Professional

LPCC in Training

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Year Joined: 2023
Years of Experience: 2
Education:

University of Mary - BA, Dual degree in Psychology and Spanish

Winona State University - MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Areas of Experience
  • Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Codependency
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • College & Student Issues
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief & Loss
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Life Transitions
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Identity
  • Serious & Persistent Mental Illness
  • Sexual Intimacy
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Work Issues

More About Meriel LaForce

Clinical Interests:

I have a variety of clinical interests, some of which are: ADHD/autism spectrum, anxiety disorders, attachment styles, career development, children/adolescents, college counseling, creative art therapies, depression/depressive disorders, empowerment and self-esteem, sexual orientation, gender identity, LGBTQ+ counseling, multicultural counseling, mindfulness, relationships/relationship issues, stress/stress management, PTSD and trauma, wellness, and work-life balance.

Clinical Approach:

I enjoy meeting clients where they are at. My clinical approach to counseling is mainly person-centered. I also use narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as secondary approaches. I often utilize CBT for implementing tangible coping skills. I also understand and recognize the importance of one's individual experience and culture, so I also practice counseling with a multicultural approach. I speak both English and Spanish fluently, and I am happy to provide services in those languages. I think a client's relationship with their therapist is crucial, and so I always seek to provide an open, welcoming, and safe space.

Hobbies:

Hello and welcome! My name is Meriel and I grew up in St. Paul, MN. I love animals and I love a good pink drink from Starbucks (guilty pleasure). I like advocating for causes important to me such as mental health awareness and social justice. In addition, I love to travel and hang out with my 5 pet guinea pigs. Some other interests of mine are painting, reading, taking short non-vigorous walks, and trying different foods since I am a foodie. If you're familiar with the Myers-Briggs, I am an INFP personality type.

Clinic Contact Info

Rochester North Clinic

3535 40th Ave NW, Suite 210, East Entrance
Rochester, MN 55901

(507) 516-0227