ann dillard, LMFT
Raising teenagers in today’s society is hard. Sometimes you don’t even recognize your own child. Parents second guess themselves and wonder if they are doing the right things. You want to shelter your teenagers, but that’s not possible. They face multiple challenges at school but refuse to talk with you about it. When you ask how was school, the extent of their response is, “Fine.” I get it! And that’s why I do what I do.
I became a mental health therapist because it is my life’s goal to instill hope in in teens and those who love them. There seems to be such a deficit of hope in today’s society. The strength and hope that I have gained through my own experiences, along with my formal education allows me to identify with other’s pain and help move them to solutions. I believe that everyone has what they need to live healthy, successful lives inside of them. My therapeutic skills help them to unlock their potential.
First and foremost, I have raised three children who have launched to being successful adults. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in the state of Minnesota. I have worked in educational settings for over 20 years. I worked as a school based mental health therapist for four years before launching my private practice. I hold certificates in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy, and Distance Counseling Credential. I am also trained in adoption competency and am a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. I am a member in good standing with the following professional associations: Black Therapist Rock, American Association of Christian Counselors, and The National Black Child Development Institute.
a little more about me
I am a caring, compassionate person who likes to serve other and equip them to live their best life. In my down time, I enjoy traveling to serve on the mission field in West Africa. I also enjoy photography, sewing, and reading. I am a lifelong learner. By far, my greatest past time is connecting with my three grandchildren.