Hi! I am Ina Lasmane. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. Here’s a little bit about me.
What inspired you to become a therapist?
My own struggles with trauma, depression and anxiety inspired me to become a therapist. During my adolescents, I came across a book in psychology with a very simple, but practical advice. I applied the suggestion in my daily life and noticed a big deference. Through overcoming my difficulties, I found strength, self-confidence, and a better understanding of who I was as a person. As a result, I decided to help others to do the same.
“If you are ready to change, you will be surprised how much progress you can make in a short period of time.”
How long have you been a therapist?
My first job in mental health was in 2000. I was a mental health worker at a group home for people with severe mental illness. But more formally since 2002 when I graduated with a master’s degree in counseling & psychological services from St. Mary’s University. Since then, I have worked as an in-home therapist, school counselor, and as a therapist in day treatment and residential setting with adults and adolescents. I have been in private practice since 2010.
Do you have specialties?
Although, I am experienced in treating a wide variety of issues, my interest lies in treating trauma & PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief counseling, and phobias. I also work with relationship difficulties, career/job, addictions, adjustment & life transition issues. See Services Offered page for more information.
What do you do in your free time?
Outside of being a therapist I enjoy acrylic painting. I practice so called intuitive painting. I go with the flow. I create and respond to marks, shapes, colors in intuitive fashion without a plan. Acrylic is a very forgiving medium that lends itself to layering, scratching, scraping, taking creative risks, and even starting over. (What a metaphor for life!) I also enjoy cooking, walking, paddle-boarding, Three Rivers parks, Netflix, spending time with my husband, and family. I strive on life and connections that are wholesome and balanced.
“Let’s create a positive change together.”
Things you did not know about me
Psychotherapy is my second career. My first career was in graphic design. For those of you looking for a career or job change, I can relate to the joys and challenges of occupational change. However, I am very happy with my choice of becoming a therapist. Life is too short to spend in a job that’s unfulfilling.
Do you love your job?
Yes! There is nothing else I’d rather do. I love the challenges as wells as the rewards of helping people to overcome trauma, emotional, and relationship difficulties. Also, I am an avid learner who constantly updates her skills. Learning and practicing Brainspotting, Accelerated Resolution Therapy and EMDR Therapy, has been life-altering experience for for me personally and for my clients as well.
Can therapy really help me?
Yes, therapy can help you if you are ready to change. If you are willing to do the work, you will be surprised by how much progress you can make in a short period of time. Let’s create a positive change together. Call me at (612) 559-8704 or click on a Contact link. I am approachable and easy to talk to.
- Minneapolis College of Art & Design, 1994
- St. Mary’s University, Master’s In Counseling & Psychological Services, 2002
- St. Mary’s University, Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2006
- Adler Graduate School, Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy, 2016
License & Certifications
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#1970
- Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist Individual (CCTSI) since 2019
- Certified Brainspotting Therapist since 2019
- Certified Masters Accelerated Resolution Therapist since 2018
- Certified EMDR Therapist since 2012
- Brainspotting Phase I & Phase II
- Brainspotting and Substance Abuse
- Accelerate Resolution Therapy
- EMDR Therapy
- Trauma & Dissociation