“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”
– Romana L. Anderson
John Rogers MA LPCC
Licensed in Minnesota and Colorado
Navigating the territory of life's challenges and/or mental illness does not have to be a dreadful experience. My approach integrates psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, mindfulness and somatic modalities. This integrated approach helps clients recognize and resolve underlying patterns that cause symptoms such as anxiety, depression, addiction, etc., as well as resolving complex trauma and grief. Once the resolution of old patterns begins, clients feel more ease, freedom and energy to pursue and embody a life that is more fulfilling and connected.
I started my own therapy in 2004 after my dad died. Through therapy I became more clear about what I wanted from life and what was getting in the way. This led to resigning from my corporate career, selling my house and moving to Alaska. Over the next 5 years I also worked and lived in Ireland, Colorado, New York, Wisconsin and California before returning to MN to become a psychotherapist.
I see clients in person at my office in South Minneapolis, MN. I also see clients via tele-health in Minnesota and Colorado.
I have a therapy dog named Astrid who is happy to interact as much or as little as you want.
Rogers Counseling established 2015
2012-2015 The Emily Program in the Twin Cities
2010 The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition in St. Paul MN
2006-2009, 2011-2013 the Serious Fun Network (founded by the actor Paul Newman) ) in Ireland, California, New York and Colorado
1996-2005 software engineer with Thomson Reuters in Eagan, MN.
Master of Arts Degree, Counseling and Psychology, Saint Mary's University, 2010
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Business Marketing, Saint Mary's University, 1994
NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), 2020
NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) - Master's Training, 2022
Minnesota Seminar in Jungian Studies, 2014
Certificate: DBT Associates / Dialectical Behavior Therapy, 2014
Certificate, Association for Challenge Course Technology Level I, Level II, 2012
Mounting research indicates relational trauma is the underlying cause of much mental health diagnoses. Relational trauma (a.k.a. complex trauma) is defined as chronic, interpersonal neglect and/or abuse usually first experienced in childhood, something most of us have experienced to some degree.
These traumas often lead to coping strategies that help the individual survive the toxic environment and/or relationship. Eventually, however, the coping strategy becomes a dysfunctional pattern in adulthood. This is often experienced as addiction, anxiety, depression, dissociation, eating disorders, narcissism, perfectionism and many other symptomatic manifestations.
Relational trauma is different from "shock" trauma in that the underlying cause is more complex, thus the name "complex trauma." For instance, shock trauma can stem from an event like a car accident, whereas complex trauma is often the result of chronic dysfunction with a caregiver or authority figure. With complex trauma the person impacted has no way to get needs met and employs strategies to forgo these needs.
Because relational trauma shows up as dysfunctional patterns in the present, the work of addressing these patterns is also done in the present. As the client gains insight into their patterns, the client is able to reconnect to needs and desires. Eventually the client is able to live from an embodied sense of confidence navigating life and its ups-and-downs.
Each session I help the client explore what they would like to get out of the session. Working from a place of agreed intention helps lay the groundwork for deeper exploration, somatic integration and eventual dis-identification from the dysfunctional pattern. The result is an embodied connection to your values, relationships, work...LIFE.