In addition to proving mental health services, Birchwood Counseling offers consultation for facilities and organizations who want to implement animal assisted therapy into their programming. Please call Natalie Runge, MA, LPCC, Certified Animal Assisted Intervention Specialist (C-AAIS through AAAIP), Canine Assisted Intervention Specialist (Denver University) for more information 612-810-6613.

 Birchwood Counseling recognizes a need for therapeutic approaches that “think outside the box”. Birchwood Counseling provides non-traditional counseling through animal-assisted interventions and nature-based techniques, traditional in office-based counseling services as well as telehealth. We approach counseling from a holistic view. We respect the unique needs of each individual seeking counseling while upholding the welfare of the animals we partner alongside.


Birchwood Counseling provides individual therapy to adolescents and adults as well as couples therapy. We utilizes techniques from EMDR, animal-assisted therapy, trauma-informed models, Gestalt approaches, cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, strengths based perspective, mindfulness techniques, family systems, and attachment based interventions.

Birchwood Counseling provides individual and couples equine assisted psychotherapy as well as group therapy. We will be offering retreats stating in the spring and fall of 2024.

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Birchwood Counseling offers HIPAA compliant mental health services. Our telehealth platform is provided through Simple Practice. Click on the “Schedule an Appointment” tab to request appointment! Please note at this time we are licensed to provide telehealth in the state of Minnesota only.

We are credentialed with Prime West, Health Partners, United Health Care, Medica, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Our animal assisted therapy program is not covered by insurance and is self-pay only. If you need financial assistance to help pay for therapy fees, please ask your clinician for sliding fee payment options. Thank you