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Psychotherapy Services & Substance Abuse Screening

This dual service combines the tools of both the Mental Health Assessment and Substance Abuse Assessment is conducted by PDS Mental Health Professional. A Comprehensive Assessment or chemical dependency assessment is the first step in treatment for a substance use disorder.

Psychotherapy:  How does Individual Therapy Work?

PDS Mental Health Professional can help you deal with thoughts, behaviors, symptoms, stresses, goals, past experiences and other areas that can improve daily functioning. Talking with a therapist about personal issues can be tough, but it can help you come to grips with problems in your life. It can also offer an emotional release and a sense of really being heard, understood and supported.


Therapy sessions give individuals the opportunity to confidentially talk through problems or situations with a trained professional. It does not necessarily make problems disappear, but it equips individuals with the tools needed to cope with them more appropriately.


Therapy can help you to:

  • feel stronger in the face of challenges
  • change behaviors that hold you back
  • look at ways of thinking that affect how you feel
  • heal pains from the past
  • build relationship skills
  • figure out your goals
  • strengthen your self-confidence
  • cope with symptoms
  • handle strong emotions like fear, grief or anger
  • enhance your problem-solving skills


Types Of Therapy

There are many different types of therapy, including those that are most effective with families or groups of people.  Some therapy treatments will blend a few different approaches together to suit your particular needs.

The following are a few common types of therapy:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has two main aspects. The cognitive part works to develop helpful beliefs about your life. The behavioral side helps you learn to take healthier actions. CBT often works well for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, but it can also be used for other various conditions.
  • Interpersonal therapy focuses largely on improving relationships and helping a person express emotions in healthy ways. This approach often works well for depression. A variation of it called “interpersonal and social rhythm therapy” often works well for bipolar disorder because it also helps develop a daily schedule that supports recovery.
  • Family therapy helps family members communicate, handle conflicts and solve problems better. Forms of family therapy often are used for treating eating disorders and bipolar disorder.
  • Psychodynamic therapy helps people develop a better understanding about their unconscious emotions and motivations that can affect their thoughts and actions.
  • Art therapy can include using music, dance, drawing and other art forms to help express emotions and promote healing.
  • Psychoeducation helps people understand mental health conditions and ways to promote recovery.


Substance Use Disorders Screening & Mental Health Services: 


​PDS licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors (LADC), Mental Health Professionals and other Support team coordinate to help clients work through both substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. Individuals may have substance use assessments completed for personal purposes, legal needs and program requirement. PDS Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services includes a Comprehensive Assessment of an individual’s needs related to alcohol and/or other chemicals, drugs and substance use as well as treatment planning and interventions. If your assessment indicates that you would benefit from intensive treatment, you will be referred and connected with a treatment program.

A comprehensive Assessment (chemical use assessment) consists of:

  • An evaluation by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor to assess an individual’s overall alcohol, chemical and/or substance use, and
  • A determination as to whether there is a need for chemical dependency/substance use treatment, and
  • Recommendations as to the level of treatment needed.
  • Referral to in patient or intensive outpatient providers. 

Eligibility: PDS works with adults 18+. PDS accepts most Insurances, HSA, and private pay for Individual Therapy & Substance Abuse Services. Please complete the referral form for services and email it to us at [email protected]


PDS empowers clients with comprehensive social services and behavioral health for those who come through our doors regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. PDS has a strong partnership with communities, religious institutions, and both local and state entities.

Contact Info

Business Hours
Mon – Fri:  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat: By Appointment Only

Our Location

2511 E Franklin Ave, Suite 207,
Minneapolis MN 55406 

St. Paul
2233 University Ave W Suite 357, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Sending Medical Records
You can fax your Medical Records to (612) 332-9867.
Or you can email them to us at [email protected]

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