“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
I work from a non-judgmental, non-shaming, non-pathologizing perspective. My role is to help clients understand, heal and/or transcend underlying and often unconscious patterns that manifest as addiction, anxiety, depression and so many other complex ways our lives get stuck, stagnate and lose vitality.
My journey as a client in therapy began in 2004 after the death of my father from cancer. My therapy has been mostly from a Jungian perspective, though I don't consider myself strictly Jungian. I believe my own psychological work and growth is imperative to the work I do with clients and love exploring different psychological and philosophical perspectives.
I am certified in NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), which is a globally recognized modality for resolving Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Through our work together, clients report feeling more ease, freedom and energy to pursue a life that allows stuck energy to move toward growth, wholeness and fulfillment.
I see clients in person at my office in South Minneapolis, MN. I also see clients via tele-health in Minnesota and Colorado.
Rogers Counseling established 2015
2013-2015 The Emily Program, Minneapolis, MN
2010 The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition, St. Paul MN
2006-2009, 2011-2013 Serious Fun Network (founded by the actor Paul Newman) in Ireland, California, New York and Colorado
1996-2005 Software Engineer with Thomson Reuters, 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
Certified: NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), 2020
NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) - Master's Training, 2022
Minnesota Seminar in Jungian Studies, 2014
Certified: DBT Associates / Dialectical Behavior Therapy, 2014
Certified: 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.