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I want to live my life like a river,
carried by the surprise by my own unfolding.
— John O'Donohue


If you are looking for a therapist it is likely something is not working in your life. “Mental Health” is the goal....right? ….but how does one find a sense of ease and contentment, along with excitement about the coming day with the knowledge you can handle what comes your way in life?

No one’s life is trouble free! Some people just seem to know how to deal with things more easily. Variables in our genetics, life situation and the coping patterns we have learned all contribute to who we are now. And how near, or far, we are from the state of well-being we are seeking. I can help you sort through what your choices are in working through, healing, changing or accepting and learning to manage what you have been dealt in life, and to get closer to a state of ease in this world.  

The process of therapy is a bit mysterious….and yet not at all. We all want to be known deeply, accepted, understood….to be seen, really seen. That IS what helps us accept ourselves. The therapeutic relationship is a safe place for this to occur, for sense to be made of how your past experiences have led you to this place. As you come to know yourself better this often leads to making the changes in your behavior (e.g. in coping, in relationships, and in your sense of self), this brings you into closer alignment with the life you want to lead.

About Laura

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 has become more and more apparent that we are at our best physically and mentally when we have secure loving emotional bonds with others. Psychotherapy is the key way to help you in having healthier relationships. I believe this is why this work is so profoundly important and I am so honored to be doing it. 

Experience & Specialties

I have had a broad base of experience in my career 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. Currently I am focusing on helping social justice activists not burn out, creatives learn to utilize their unique brains to their advantage, and those who struggle with boundaries to own their space in the world. 

I also am providing online therapy or tele-therapy. Some of you may think - NO WAY! that would never work for me! But consider those who are challenged to make it to regular appointments by; chronic illness, remote locations or distance from a preferred therapist, irregular or overloaded schedules, getting a sitter or sick kids, travel for work, greater comfort online, etc. If you are interested or know of someone for whom it might fit see my page for a more in depth description of this service.

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

Volunteer Activity

Board Vice Chair
Women & Advocates MN - WANDA 501(c)4  
Jan 2017 to present

Helpline Director
Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota
Oct 2012 to Nov 2014


Services & Specialties

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Got Boundaries?

Do you struggle with saying No? Do you protect others feelings and disregard your own? Are you someone who can't rest until others in your life are happy? Do you have trouble getting/feeling close to people? Do you feel others take advantage of you? 

You may call yourself conflict avoidant, but what is really going on is that you are avoiding hard conversations to avoid possible; rejection, disappointment, aka vulnerability. Did you realize that letting people take advantage of you was actually a way to protect yourself? Let's talk about how this way of being in the world is keeping you from the connection you desire in your relationships. 

Social Justice Activists

Activism can be all consuming work. There are so many areas of injustice, you could work non-stop and hardly make a dent! Do you sometimes struggle with a sense of futility, is your activism taking a toll on your well-being? Let's find a way to use your passion in the most productive ways.

Don't succumb to the messages of oppression that we must be trapped in survival mode. Loving and caring for yourself is a revolutionary act! Read More about this concept here. Let's talk and find ways to improve your self care strategies.

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Online Counseling or Teletherapy

Online therapy is a perfect option for those who are are challenged by; location, time, mobility, lack of childcare, health, and many other reasons. My goal is to make our work effective and efficient. This might be a good fit for you or someone you know - message me with your questions. 

Read more about how it works here .


Creative Brains are Wired Differently

Creatives are “both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.”

Yeah, we should talk.

Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders

The myth of an ideal mother who functions perfectly on little sleep, does nobody any favors - in fact it HURTS! not just you Momma! but your baby, your other children, your partner and your relationship. Women need to do less!

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LMFT Supervision 

I am MN Board Approved Supervisor offering Individual, Dyad and Group supervision. My experience is wide ranging and includes work in school settings, providing in-home CTSS therapy with children and families, in outpatient mental health clinics and in private practice. Click here for more information.

Payment & Fees


  • Intake Session - $175
  • 60 minute session - $150

  • 45 minute session - $130

  • additional 30 minutes - $75


Payment is due at the time of service.  All charges incurred are the responsibility of the client. I accept cash, credit or debit cards.

Private Pay

For those not wishing to use insurance, I accept fee-for-service payments. Your payments 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.)  I can provide an itemized statement for each paid session which you can submit along with your claim to your health insurance provider for reimbursement.

With the changing landscape of insurance the concern many people have of having difficulty finding affordable insurance coverage with a pre-existing condition including many common diagnoses billed in counseling sessions, it is seen by some as a safer choice to keep insurance companies out of their mental health visits... and with the high deductible plans many insurance companies require to be met before they start paying, you may be paying out of pocket anyway.

In network insurance companies

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • 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?
  • What is my co-pay? or co-insurance?
  • 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?

Even if I am not in network with your insurance plan,  you may be able to use your HSA, flexible spending dollars, or medical savings account to pay for services. Please note: BCBS and Preferred One clients are billed through  Psychotherapy & Healing Associates, Ltd. and are billed separately and independently of Laura Barbeau, LLC.

Cancellation Policy 

If you need to cancel or reschedule a session, I request that you notify me at least 24 hours in advance. I reserve the right to charge the full session fee for no-shows and cancellations with less than 24 hours notice .

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Location & Contact



1409 Willow Street, Suite 201
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
United States



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. 


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