• Becca Manthe, Clinical Intern

    Graduate Level Nature-Based Art Therapist

    Pre-licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

    I specialize in integrating nature-based art therapy into my therapeutic work with clients. I offer counseling services for couples and families, individual adults, children ages 8 and older, and adolescents. I have a special interest in working with people sensitive to climate change issues and offer holistic, strengths-based treatment for relationship issues, family dynamics, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, transitions, conflict resolution, self-compassion, trauma, stress management, and codependency.

    Art therapy provides alternate modes of communication for individuals, groups, couples, and families to explore challenges and support a return to emotional balance and psychological wellbeing. The body-based experience of communicating with art materials is a present moment activity that brings insights that may otherwise be inaccessible. This way of entering internal or external awareness and conflict resolution favors creativity, global thinking, and integration of the mind-body-spirit connection.

    As a nature-based practitioner, the Earth is the therapeutic holding space, and nature is the co-therapist. I work with clients outdoors for those who are interested and bring natural materials into the office alongside traditional art supplies to enhance and facilitate the verbal processing in therapy sessions.

    I value mutual respect, consensus, peaceful conflict resolution, and collaboration. I practice Mindful Self Compassion and Nonviolent Communication in sessions with clients and integrate polyvagal theory to build self-regulation skills, address trauma symptoms, and deepen the impact of healing.

    I joined the collaborative in 2022 and am located at the Maple Grove office. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling and Art Therapy at the Adler Graduate School in Minnetonka, MN, working under the supervision of Lisa Lounsbury, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Art Therapist.

    I graduated from The Milwaukee Institute of Art Design in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Design. I am a professional musician, have a Buddhist spiritual practice, and have a deep understanding of Christianity.