Real patient comments: 



"You guys are awesome, absolutely love it here!"  



"All of the staff are kind, and Krista is an amazing therapist!"



"Loving the atmosphere here" 



"really love my experience here"



"Love it here!"



"caring, compassionate care with integrity and honesty. Solution oriented and very empathetic."




"Amazing therapists!"



"really sweet and understanding."



"Can't believe how far I've come!!"



"Trustworthy and great advice, love the people here."



"Seeing amazing progress!"



"Lori with Love the Journey has always been nothing but professional with her assistance in my families mental health needs."
 "I love the new look of the lobby, and the courteous staff."




 Real patient comments:



"I love you guys, feels like home here."



"I love my therapist!"



"Highly recommend." 



"Lori is very friendly and understanding, overall great experience here."




"Very accommodating and compassionate." 



"Well trained, professional staff. I recommend anyone needing counseling services to check them out."
"Krista and Lori are fantastic love them both they do wondrous things"
"Lori and her team of therapists at Love The Journey are among the most professional in the region, and their service to the community puts them far above the rest."
"Being treated so amazing. Best place I've been to."
"My child is really loving it here"
"This place is amazing, with amazing staff as well. I highly recommend them if you are looking at going to therapy."


 "Lori is awesome, we went to grad school together and she rocked it then so I know she is rocking it now."


Mission Statement:

We continually strive to be a great company that offers outpatient therapy. Love the Journey is committed to providing high-quality services to our clients. Moreover, our efforts extend beyond providing outstanding services to those who need them. Let's be honest, getting help can feel scary, but know that at Love the Journey, you will be accepted exactly where you are without judgment. Our goal is helping you reach your goals in a safe, comforting and caring environment.  We will listen to you, and make your priorities ours as well.

We can help with anxiety, behavioral concerns, children and teen issues, communication skills, depression, parenting issues, physical abuse, sexual abuse, stress management, transitions, and trauma.

What to expect: We start everyone the same, which means, we gather a lot of back ground information, this includes current issues and history information, based on the information provided we make a diagnostic assessment, and together we will make a plan to help you achieve your personal and professional goals, all in a manner that feels safe to express thoughts and feelings. Therapy is a dual effort; it takes both the client and the therapist.

Lori Petersen:

Lori Petersen MS LMFT opened Love the Journey, because she loves helping people exactly where they are in life's journey. Lori earned her bachelor's degree from The College of St. Scholastica, in business management and organizational behavior. Several years later, Lori continued her education and earned her Master of Science in Human Development with a specialization in marriage and family therapy. Lori is currently working towards attaining her PhD in Advanced Human Services and has successfully completed cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) intensive training . 

Lori enjoys seeing a range of people and families. Lori worked with mostly teens for several years, but now she works with people as young as 3. Lori also works with the elderly and everywhere between. She helps with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and PTSD, along with several others.

Some of Lori's hobbies include coaching youth baseball, volunteering at her church and spending time with friends and family.

Krista McFarland:

Krista has been at Love the Journey since June 2016.

Krista earned both her bachelors and Master in Social Work at St Cloud State. Krista has several years experience in domestic abuse, and working with adolescents. Krista enjoys working with individuals and families who are working toward their goals.

Krista enjoys working with adolescents and adults who are dealing with domestic violence, PTSD, anxiety, depression, ODD, and several other disorders.  

Some of Krista's hobbies include, baking, running and spending time with her family and friends. 

Benjamin Coleman

Ben began working at Love the Journey in August 2019.  Ben earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Concordia University, St. Paul.  Ben is working as an intern under the supervision of Lori Petersen, MS LMFT and Nancy Hertz, MA, LMFT, as he seeks completion of his Master's in Counseling degree from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University, Irvine.  Ben has worked in the field of mental health for 6 years.

Ben has a strong Christian foundation from years working in the ministry.  Ben has a passion for working with youth and families.  Ben also works with individuals seeking mental health counseling.  Ben works with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, as well as works with couples who are seeking marriage counseling, premarital counseling, co-parenting skills, and other forms of family counseling.  

Ben's hobbies include serving the church in many ministry capacities.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family, hunting, fishing, and many other activities.


Jean Balcome-Dicke

Jean started working at Love the Journey April 2019.  Jean earned her bachelors degree in psychology from UMD.  Jean earned her MA in psychology with a specialization in marriage and family from Adler in 2017.  Jean is currently working towards licensure under the clinical supervision of Nancy Hertz MA, LMFT. 

Jean enjoys working with families and individuals. Jean sees children, adolescents, and adults. She helps with depression, anxiety, trauma, ODD, anger management, and personality disorders. 

Jean's hobbies include gardening, cake decorating, photography, spending time with her family, and anything outdoors.  


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