Seeking Sliding Scale Couples Counseling in the Twin Cities

Updated on October 05, 2006
L.M. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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We recently went through the unthinkable death of our newborn baby girl and it has taken a major toll on our marriage. We have recently lost our medical benefits due to a job change and are in need of finding counseling that will take sliding scale for the time being until our new benefits take place. If anyone has any suggestions for me, it would be greatly appreciated.

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A.C.

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First off let me say how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I have lsot a child so I know what it is like.
Where in the Twincities do you live? if yoou live in the North suburb area of Saint Paul Then the best place is the White Bear community counseling center. Also you might want to call Childrens Home Society and Family Services That is another place that offers sliding fee's as well as the first place I mentioned. Otherwise you can call 211 which is the united way first call for help number. It's free and it's a directory to all the free and sliding scale services in whatever area you live in.

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C.B.

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How awful! I'm am so sorry to hear this! I will add you to my prayer list so I don't forget to pray for you and your family, and for your marriage to stay strong through this.

My husband and I had to start couples counseling, and have severe money problems. If you belong to a church (even if you don't) I would start there. Ask to meet with the pastor, and the pastor can provide some counseling, and direct you to a counselor that will meet your needs.

Our church even has been paying for our counseling sessions so far.

We see Dr. Walcheski, and go to South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN. Dr. Walcheski has been amazing in helping us through a very rough spot in our marriage. (So bad, my husband and I had already started seeing attorneys for divorce.) Through God's grace and a great counselor, we are now doing very good!

(I know that Dr. Walcheski's normal fee is $75 a visit.)

If you need anything.. or even someone to talk to through all of this, my email is [email protected]____.com.

I hope that you will find the strength you need to get through this difficult time.

God Bless!

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M.W.

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Hi L.,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss and the additional stress ofthe effect it has had on your marriage. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I truly feel for you. I do not know of any sliding scale therapy, but I have a friend who does counseling at a church (I'm not sure if that is something that might be appropriate for you). The church is North Heights Lutheran Church and they have a free counseling clinic with licenced psychotherapists (it is actual psychotherapy, not just Christian counseling). If you are interested, look at their web site at nhlc.org and click on ministries and events and then on counseling clinic. I'm not sure ifthey do couple counseling, but if they can;t help you they will give you resources and referrals to someone who can help you.
I pray that you will find the help that you need.
M.

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K.S.

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If you live in Washington County, contact HSI,Inc. We used them when we moved and my kids were having trouble adjusting to our new community. The counselor was fantastic. If you're not in Washington County, I'm sure that every county has a human services department that can help you. Good luck and please accept my sympathy on the passing of your little angel.

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S.

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L.,
I am so very sorry, you and your family will be in my prayers. If you live in Washington County, Human Services, INC(4 offices depending on where you live) offers family counseling on a sliding scale. If there is ever anything you need, please ask!

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P.

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I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain you are experiencing. Sliding fee scale counseling clinics in Minneapolis would include the Walkin Counseling Center at 2421 Chicago Ave S ###-###-####. Good luck to you and your family.

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S.J.

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Hi L.,
First, I am so sorry for your loss. I cant imagine the pain. 2, I give you kudos for wanting counseling and keeping your marriage together. In forest Lake, there i a counseling center that has trained "lay" counselors for free of cost. It is run out of Maranatha church, and is held on tuesday eveings. Call Kellie at ###-###-#### and ask for an application to be sent out. They almost always accept, and I know they have openings currently. I hope this helps. S. J

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L.

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I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My husband works at a clinic in Minneapolis that has a sliding scale. He has a sister who has lost three children and really understands what that grief is about. We have six children, ourselves. Please feel free to call him. ###-###-####. His name is Steve Palmer.

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T.L.

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L.,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I couldn't help but respond to your post, just to tell you that. I truly, truly am. I would suggest consulting with your church or finding one that offers free counseling, many pastors/preachers etc provide these services. You and your husband as well as your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that you find the right individual to help council you through your tough times.

God Bless,

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S.F.

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L.,
I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. I contacted a person I know of through the Pioneer Press Bulletin Board who has also lost a daughter. She is a member of Compasionate Friends which is a support group for parents who have lost children. Below is what I received back from her...I hope this helps you get through some of your sorrow. My prayers are with you and your family.

Dear S.,

Dan at Bulletin Board sent me your e-mail, and I am so glad that you thought of me. Our group is The Compassionate Friends if she would like to look it up on the national chapter web site www.compassionatefriends.org. Our chapter has an infant loss person to talk to, someone whose baby son Austin died at 3 weeks old. Her name is Lori. Her phone number is ###-###-#### - a nicer person is hard to find than Lori. I think that might be a good place for her to start.

The Compassionate Friends welcomes bereaved parents whose children died at any age from any cause. There are several groups in the Twin Cities area. I could send you or her some information if you would like. Please let me know if I can do that and where to send it.

Thank you for being such a compassionate friend to this person when she needs it the most,

Cathy (Peachy), Nina's mom

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