Welcome to Invigorate Life Counseling's Seasonal News for Summer 2020

In this edition, we will share our commitment to anti-racism and our community, offer a new pre-marital workshop series, share information on Internal Family Systems (IFS), offer tips for a good telehealth session, and more.

Our Statement and Commitment to Anti-Racism and our Community 

We, a mental health trauma trained clinic in St. Paul, MN, are deeply saddened by the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, as well as the many others who have been tragically killed based on the color of their skin.

Twenty-twenty has brought tragedy to our country (and world) as we continue to navigate the global pandemic of COVID-19 and work even harder to fight anti-racism.  As we’ve said in many of our social media posts, we are living in a collective trauma during this time which has brought greater awareness to the layers of intergenerational and historical trauma as well as systemic racism in our country.  Since the death of George Floyd, the country is rising in solidarity with our black and brown communities.  We are committed to doing the work to improve professionally and personally.  We are here to listen, learn and act to be better humans and therapists as we continue to provide services for all. 

Our heart-led leaders are dedicated to taking the following actions with the knowledge that these are single steps at the beginning of a long process, but we are ready and committed to the marathon ahead of us.

1. The Invigorate Team will continue our work as individuals and as a team.  
  • We will be inviting outside professionals to provide regular and consistent training and workshops on anti-racism.
  • We will read, listen and watch to educate ourselves about anti-racism and think deeper about internalized racism within ourselves as therapists and individuals. 
  • Our clinical leader is committed to challenging the above in individual supervision and consultation in regards to self-of-therapist work to further integrate and reflect /so the learnings have a space of accountability and integration. As white, female business owners, we will lead by example and challenge each other to continue to form a culture and organization that is all inclusive and free of systemic racism. 

2.    Diversify our team of therapists

  • We recognize the value that diversity brings to our team and to the community we serve.  We are committed to seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds who align/s with the values and culture of Invigorate Life Counseling. 

3.  We have made donations to the below organizations and will continue to donate quarterly to local and national organizations that support communities of color: 

  • Reclaim the Block

  • Neighbors United Funding Collaborative 

  • Lake Street Council 

4.  We invite you to join us, to educate yourself, to listen and to learn.  By taking these steps, we can collectively work towards eliminating the inequalities and injustices that exist in our communities.   

As trained therapists, we are here to listen and to provide therapeutic services to all regardless of skin color, age, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, educational level, size of your body, gender, culture or spiritual beliefs.  

All are welcome.  We see you.  We are here for you.  We will join you on your healing journey. 

In solidarity for our communities of color and with committed and hopeful hearts,

Melanie Vinton & Katie Mohr

New Premarital Series Available This Month
Join Camri Naseth, MA, LADC and Kristopher Weiser, MA to cover topics such as: strength identification, communication training, conflict management skills, and more. At the end of the series, you will receive a letter of completion with a reduced marriage fee educators statement. Open to all couples, not just those seeing premarital counseling. Package Cost: $400.00, with some insurance accepted. Every Tuesday for eight weeks beginning August 11, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Teletherapy. To schedule contact:  
What is Internal Family Systems (IFS)? 

At Invigorate, Camri Naseth, MA, LADC utilizes the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach when working with trauma to cultivate change and promote healing.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. IFS is based in the concept that the mind contains many inner parts that each have valuable qualities. IFS can be utilized to address unresolved trauma, present day conflicts, as well as diving deep into personal self worth. To learn more about IFS click here or email Camri directly at

Accepting New Clients 
If you or a colleague or a loved one needs support, we have several practitioners who are accepting clients for telehealth at this time.

Theressa Durenberger, MA, LMFT specializes in working with both couples and individuals and provides support for a range of martial stages as well as anxiety, depression, body image issues, low self-esteem, PTSD, and ADHD. Learn more about Theressa here

Camri Naseth, MA, LADC specializes in working with couples and relational work as well as adult individuals, and has experience working with the chemical health community. Learn more about Camri here

Kristopher Weiser, MA specializes in working with couples, men, and other adult individuals with a focus on identity formation, helping clients express their authentic self, and helping people tap into their best self through education about connection between mind and body. Learn more about Kristopher here
Tips for a Good Telehealth Session 
We hear many concerns about telehealth sessions, especially for first-timers doing teletherapy. Doing your first telehealth session might feel intimidating, or awkward and uncomfortable. Privacy may also be a concern. We have some ideas to share that might help these barriers to care. 

Prepare your space: 
  • Make your space as comfortable as possible, and choose a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed or heard. (i.e. bedroom, home office, basement, a large closet, parked car).
  • If you live with others, ask that they don’t disturb you during your session time (and refrain from using the Wi-Fi so that your connection is not slowed down).
  • Consider putting a white noise machine, small fan, or speaker with music playing outside of the door to the room for privacy.
  • Fully charge your device.
  • Consider using headphones to improve sound quality and maintain privacy.
Maintain Connection With Your Therapist During a Session:
  • Speak clearly so that your mental health therapist can understand what you are saying. Check in as needed.
  • Try to make “eye contact” with your camera so that the connection between you and your therapist is stronger.
  • Lower distraction by placing a small piece of paper over your image on the screen or close the "self view".
  • Maintain focus: treat your telehealth therapy session as if you are meeting with your therapist in person. Avoid tasks you wouldn’t do if you and your therapist were meeting in their office. 
  • Ask your therapist if there is anything you or they can do to make the session feel more comfortable. 
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