• Mel Koenen, LAMFT

    Mel Koenen, LAMFT

    Hello and welcome to Better Things Ahead Counseling!

    My name is Mel and I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I created Better Things Ahead Counseling because I believe that when we begin facing the hard stuff and healing, we can start living our best life.

    I graduated from Bethel Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy. I view things from a systemic lens as well as an attachment lens, which means I place emphasis on past and present relationships and how they are impacting your overall well-being. My style in therapy is my authentic self – I love to laugh but will sit in sadness or difficult emotions when needed and in our work you will not have to guess what I am thinking because I will just tell you.

    I support adult individuals, couples, and families working through a variety of circumstances like anxiety, law enforcement/first responder occupations, sense of identity issues, relationship issues, communication, divorce, self-esteem, and more. I welcome clients in first responder relationships as I understand the challenges those careers can have on an individual as well as on the couple/family relationship.

    On occasion, you will see my dog Addie in the office with me. Addie is my 3 year old Golden Retriever and my therapy dog in training. She is very sweet and will greet you with great enthusiasm but calms down quickly.

    In my spare time you can find me hanging out with my husband training our hunting Goldens, spending time on the Iron Range with family, or reading books for book club.

    As a LAMFT, I am under the supervision of several MN State Approved LMFT supervisors.

    Financial Wellness Online Course

    I now offer an online Financial Wellness course. This course is designed for older teens, young adults, or those who have not received financial education on finances. This course gets students thinking about mental health and finances, budgeting, credit and debt, savings and investing for retirement, and cost reduction tips. To learn more, click here.


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