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Neko J. Vanevenhoven, LMFT


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Hello and welcome to the beginning of your healing journey! My name is Neko and I joined this field because I believe that life is a journey where invitations to heal, grow and prosper are constantly received.

I received my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Graduate School. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota. I am trained to view life difficulties through a systemic-trauma lens and I use that lens to work alongside those struggling with difficulties in life. I primarily use modalities that revolve around ones natural psychological parts and somatic sensations and experiences.

I have a deep passion for everyone to know that they have value; no matter where they are or where they have been – they hold intrinsic value. I want each person to know they are capable of healing and transformation no matter what choices they have made or despite what life has thrown at them.

I have been working alongside individuals for over a decade through my time as a University Staff, Hammer Residences, Wellstone Elementary and a Intensive Treatment to Foster Care program through Family Innovations. When I am not sitting with clients, you will find me reading a good book, up north, outdoors, relaxing with my wife, daughter and dog exploring Disney World.

Authentic Roots Therapy
7077 Northland Cir N, Ste 330
Minneapolis, MN 55428
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Phone: 612-567-1108
Authentic Roots Therapy
7077 Northland Cir N, Ste 330
Minneapolis, MN 55428

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
Optum Health
Preferred One
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Adaptive Internal Relational Network Model (AIR)
Crisis Intervention Training
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Areas of Practice:
Childhood Depression
Early Traumatic Experiences
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Parent Coaching
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)
Substance Use Disorder
Suicidal Concerns
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Couples Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Parent Coaching
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)


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