About Rod Stivland
Rod Stivland is a therapist, mentor, business owner, father, grandfather, nature enthusiast, and lifelong learner. His clinical practice includes providing services to many seniors and couples. Senior therapy issues tend to focus on the journey of aging including; lifestyle changes, navigating health and illness journeys, loss and grief, relationship effectiveness, and caregiving loved ones. The focus areas of couples counseling generally involve communications, conflict resolution, parenting, and partnering in life as an aligned team. Rod provides premarital counseling and proactive couples development. His practice also includes therapy for infidelity, reunification, separation, divorce, and parenting partnership. See our services.
Beyond seniors and couples, Rod sees a wide range of clients consisting mostly of those pursuing a more satisfying relationship where joy can flourish. Rod most frequently treats diagnoses related to depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. If your need is not listed, he may be able to make a referral.
The clinical style he uses is a mix of psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), systems theory, trauma-informed therapy, and strengths based development. Each session is highly customized and focused on the client’s goals and values. He is an intense listener and warm encourager. He helps people clear away the noise that interferes with what’s most important to them. Rod’s therapy office is a safe place offering comfort, understanding, and guidance. It’s also a safe space for LQBTQIA+ identifying clients. Diversity Statement
Rod’s Education and Credentials
Rod is a licensed independent mental health counselor and clinical psychotherapist (Minnesota/1636). He completed his graduate education at Wayne State University in Michigan. Rod achieved a masters of arts degree in social work (MSW). Rod earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology at Augsburg University in Minnesota.
Rod has advanced mental health clinical education in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, group, and family dynamics. He has significant experience related to supporting clients who are caregivers. Frequently these clients have spouses and other loved ones who are struggling with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and residential transitions.
Rod is a board approved supervisor for mental health providers who are on LICSW and LCSW social work licensure tracks. He provides external providers licensee supervision programs.