Lisa Havelin MA, MFA, LAMFT

“Among my family of origin, I include animals, especially those who have cared for, taught, protected, and befriended me. My human family has always maintained a profound relationship with the natural world, so that I early established an inclusive view that sees all life as intelligent and worthy.”

Lisa received her Master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy and specialized in grief therapy and the human animal bond. She is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who strongly supports the position of animals as part of the family system.

She is a trained meditation instructor who brings strong mindfulness-inspired skills to her practice, which includes Sensorimotor Training, a mind-body-centered practice that she studied through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Lisa interned and worked as an on-call clinical counselor for Social Work Services at the Veterinary Medical Center of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She also has significant and specialized training as a grief counselor. Lisa is a member of the American Psychological Association, Minnesota Women in Psychology, Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support and the American Academy of Bereavement.

Her lifelong career as a professional studio artist, specializing in metalsmithing has given her great sensitivity, patience, and insight.  She received her MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and has exhibited widely as well as taught metalsmithing in university programs throughout the country. She maintains a studio and offers specific art workshops to her clients as part of her counseling work.

Lisa is a horsewoman with 35 years of experience, and an Epona Approved Equine Experiential Learning Facilitator (a form of animal assisted therapy).  Her animal family is extensive but the beloved ones with whom she now shares her life are her cats: Ida, Osa, and Rauri and her horse Bonnie. She brings a non-judgmental, compassionate view to her work with clients and supports them in their journey to the awareness of habitual patterns that may limit their ability to thrive.  She offers skills, strategies, and guidance that support people in connecting with their inherent wisdom and resources that create movement and connection.