What I love about the work I do is getting to know people so deeply; how they have made sense of their past experiences, and how that has led them to live their life. It is like solving a puzzle that I never tire of with each person. As I discern patterns in a client’s life, from this objective, (yet educated and caring) stance, this helps my clients to know themselves better so they can then choose to make the changes in their lives that bring them into closer alignment with the life they want to lead. Humans are fascinating and amazingly resilient. I feel so lucky to be doing this work.
I want to live my life like a river,
carried by the surprised by my own unfolding.
- John O'Donahue
Positive relationships offer a buffer against the effects of stress and uncertainty. A sense of connection with a loved one is an inbuilt emotional regulation device – protection against feelings of helplessness and meaninglessness. Research has shown that secure relationships are vital components of mental and physical health. Attachment theory informs us how to foster the creation of a secure bond between partners and family members that is the key to developing fully and authentically. Counseling has the power to establish and re-create supportive bonds among individuals.
While I will use a variety of methods; from CBT to psychodynamic the foundation of my way of thinking about human interactions is drawn from Attachment Theory. In that, all humans have a powerful innate need to be connected and attached to other human beings, not only in childhood, but throughout the life cycle. In fact it is becoming more and more apparent that we are at our best physically and mentally when we have secure loving emotional bonds with others. In other words we are better able to reach our potential and withstand the trials of life when we have a secure base and safe haven to return to at the end of the day.
Experience & Specialties
I have had a broad base of experience over the past eight years working in school settings, in-home therapy with children and their families, couples counseling, and outpatient mental health clinics.
I have specialized in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, emotionally focused couples therapy, attachment theory, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, transition to parenthood, and new family development.
I also provide Supervision for pre-licensed marriage and family therapists as a MN Board Approved Supervisor. I am available for public speaking, training or consultation on a variety of topics as well.
Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy
St. Mary's University Fall 2008
BA in Psychology
University of Minnesota 1982
Board Vice Chair
Women & Advocates MN
Jan 2017 to present
Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota
Oct 2012 to Nov 2014
Fees & Insurance
- Intake Session - $200
60 minute session - $175
45 minute session - $150
additional 30 minutes - $75
In network insurance companies
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Health Partners
- Medica Choice
- Medical Assistance
- Preferred One
Please check your insurance coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
All charges incurred are ultimately the responsibility of the client.
If you are not using insurance and seeing me as fee-for-service provider your payment may be reimbursed through Out-of-Network benefits, a Medical Flex Spending account or a Health Savings Vehicle. (Please check with your insurance company to verify reimbursement requirements.)
Payment is due at the time of service. All charges incurred are the responsibility of the client. I do accept cash, credit or debit cards. Checks should be made out to: Laura Barbeau, LLC
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Location & Contact
1409 Willow Street, Suite 201
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
If you’re interested in working with me, please send me a message!
My office is located next to Loring Park in the Loring Medical Building. There is ample street Parking available in the area all for a 2 hour limit. Some spots are metered and some are free.