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Meet The Therapist

Megan Sigmon-Olsen

**Winter 2016-2017: Megan is currently using a waiting list for new clients who need afternoon/evening sessions. Her afternoon caseload is temporarily full, though she does have immediate openings for daytime (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) sessions. Please email Megan at msigmon@sentiertherapy.com to find out length of wait and/or to put your (or your teen's) name on her waiting list. Sorry for this inconvenience.**

Family Therapist - Megan Sigmon-Olsen

Therapy is tough to describe. People often want to know what I do and how I do what I do. This is not an easy question to answer. First of all, I love what I do. Being given the opportunity to sit with people through their struggles, sorrows and joy is truly a gift in my life. I honor my clients and love my time with them. Second of all, every person’s therapy is unique to that person. I do not have a template that I follow in order to “fix” people. I am not magic and do not have the ability to save people. I follow a certain process to begin to understand new clients, and from there the therapy takes on its own persona. The relationship that you and I develop will be a major way that we will be able to make change in your life. I will be a silent supporter in your daily life, though I am not silent in session! I am a very active therapist during sessions and have a slightly informal style.

Teen therapy is a favorite of mine. Teens generally find me to be non-threatening and I believe that most teens end up enjoying their time with me (at least that’s what many of them tell me). I am able to work collaboratively with teens and their parents without spilling the beans about what teens have going on (unless there is something dangerous going on, of course!). I am flexible and can adjust with teens in order to do the work they want to do.

As a person, I enjoy the world in many ways. I love the outdoors, biking, and the natural beauty of the world around me. I am a big reader and will often recommend books to clients. If you do not enjoy reading, however, I will not try to force you to read! I am married, live in St. Paul, and love the Twin Cities. I should add that I am a transplant to MN. I was born and raised in Colorado and lived there until I was 21 years old. I have a background in emergency medicine (I was an EMT in Colorado) and have worked in various capacities as a “helper.” I love coffee and will probably be drinking a cup when you and I meet.

I feel obligated to take a public position about tattoos. While this might seem odd to you, it will make more sense when you meet me. I have a big tattoo that I love on my arm. Yes, I am a tattooed therapist. You will likely never see my tattoos, though, because I tend to be a chilly person. This means that my tattoos are usually covered. The longer I work with your teen, though, the more likely they will see my tattoos. Parents frequently ask how I am going to address this matter with their teenager, because teens sometimes want tattoos. The feedback I give teens about tattoos:

  • Wait until you’re an adult to get tattoos.
  • Once you’re an adult, please remember that you may be judged because of your tattoos. If you’re going to get a tattoo, start with a small/somewhat hidden tattoo.
  • Wait until you’re professionally established to get a highly visible tattoo.
  • It may be difficult to start a career (in some fields) with visible tattoos.
  • Do not let your friend give you a tattoo.
  • Never look for the cheapest tattoo artist in town.

**This feedback does not fit for every client that I see. This is a general set of guidelines to inform you about how I typically answer tattoo questions.**

 

My Educational Background:

Bachelor’s Degree – University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire

Master’s Degree – University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine

Current Licensure: MSW (Master of Social Work), LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)

Postgraduate training in Multisystemic Therapy (MST) – Multisystemic Institute, South Carolina

 

Honors & Awards

MST "Whatever It Takes" Award - Fall, 2011. Recognized for outstanding service to teens and families. (Find award in the 'Announcements from MST Services and MST Institute' section). 

 

My Clinical Experience:Minnesota Counseling Therapist

  • Teen counseling
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Parenting after Divorce
  • Coparenting after Divorce
  • Sexual trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Suicidality
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Involuntary clients (including offenders, prison inmates and teenagers on probation)
  • Individuals with Epilepsy
  • Supervision of therapists

I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, gender, and sexual orientation.

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