PAX COUNSELING LLC
Moving You Forward
ABOUT DR. ROSS A. AALGAARD
Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Addiction Counselor,
Social Work Supervisor, Educator & Researcher
Since 2006, I’ve helped my clients, couples, families,and supervisees break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals and relationships. Get in touch today to see what I can do for you.
Need help to improve your well-being and achieve your goals in life? I use an array of therapeutic skills to provide clinical services that give you the tools for fulfillment. In addition to 1-on-1 sessions, couples sessions, and groups, I regularly host workshops and seminars for people who are interested in developing their own therapuetic techniques
Embrace Life’s Challenges
Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. In psychotherapy, you’ll learn about acceptance, coping skills, and how to exert your power of choice over whatever life may throw at you.
Couples, Spouses, Partners
Do you feel like you are always being misunderstood? Are you lacking a level of satisfaction you desire due to a lack of intimacy or distrust? Couple therapy and forgiveness are specializations that will help guide and inspire you as couple to help you deepen relationship. Get in touch today and start investing in each other and making your relationship better.
Advancing Your Clinical Career
This service is for graduate social workers working toward their independent clinical license. I provide one-on-one and monthly group supervision. If you're looking for supervision your work doesn't offer, let's see if we are a fit. Contact me to discuss availability and details.
Advancing Your Career
This service is for generalist social workers at the bachelor-level needing the first two years of supervision due to it not being provided by their employer. I provide one-on-one and group supervision. Let's see if we might be a fit. Contact me to discuss availability and details.
ABOUT ROSS A. AALGAARD
Ross A. Aalgaard is a clinical social worker, addiction counselor, psychotherapist, couples counselor, social work supervisor, educator & researcher in Mankato, Minnesota.
PSYCHOTHERAPIST/PASTORAL COUNSELOR & HOSPITAL-FAMILY CLINIC SOCIAL WORKER
September 2009 - August 2013
Prior to re-locating to Mankato, MN, worked in Minneapolis at Westminster Counseling Center and Hennepin County Medical Center.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SOCIAL WORK
August 2013 - June 2019
Minnesota State University, Mankato. Teaching clinical content courses to students in the MSW program and direct practice courses to students in the BSSW program. Research Focus: LGBTQ+ people; Microaggression; Spirituality: Forgiveness & Hope; Couple Therapy; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Co-morbidity: Mental Health & Substance Abuse.
SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION
November 2013 - Present
Mankato, MN. Offering individual and group supervision to LSW's and LGSW's seeking clinical or generalist independent license.
PSYCHOTHERAPIST & COUPLE COUNSELOR
February 2015 - October 2019
Mankato Marriage & Family Therapy Center. Providing psychotherapy and counseling to youth and adults in distress and needing support. Helping with life issues, relationship issues, and LGBTQ+ issues. Assisting clients with mental health needs like adjustment disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, acute stress, PTSD, and other problems.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SOCIAL WORK
July 2019 - Present
Granted tenure at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Teaching clinical content courses to students in the MSW program and generalist practice courses to students in the BSSW program, as needed. Research interests include forgiveness in relationships, couple therapy, LGBTQ+ issues, marijuana use and policy, addiction, co-morbidity of mental health/substance abuse, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent Van Gogh
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Expectations & Payments
WHAT IS THERAPY?
Our first meeting is 1 hours and is called an intake. It is time for me to get to know you and your situation. Generally, a diagnosis will be determined in order to guide treatment and even payment. Subsequent visits are 45-60 minutes in length and occur weekly or every other week, monthly, or as needed. These subsequent sessions is when change is growth is focused on.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Currently, I primarily take self-pay. This means a client pays the cost of services out of pocket. A price list can be made available. If cost is a problem there is a sliding scale dependent on income. I am currently an in-network (contracted) provider for Blue Cross, Blue Plus, PreferredOne, Aetna, and straight county-paid Medicaid (MA). I am out of network for Cigna, UCare, Medica, Medicare, and other insurances.
Payments are asked to be made at the time of service or through the link on this web site.