Amanda (Holmberg) Sasek, MS LMFT
I hold a Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I also enjoy teaching as an adjunct instructor. I have extensive training and experience in working with sexual concerns of any kind. I also have 10 years of experience working in the mental health field.
Much of the work I do involves helping couples or individuals who, for whatever reason, are not having the kind of sex life they want to have. This could be due to: recent life transitions that have put sex at a low priority, low desire, erectile dysfunction, early ejaculation, sexual trauma, sexual pain, and more. I also enjoy helping couples bring back sexual enjoyment who cannot quite identify why it got lost in the first place. I am passionate about helping those with gender identity or sexual orientation exploration and those in non-traditional relationships (poly, swinging, open marriages, kink, etc).
Many couples also find themselves experiencing life transitions or issues unrelated to sex concerns. I can definitely help there too! I have special interest in working with: high conflict couples, couples considering divorce, and blended families. When appropriate, I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples.
I work to make everyone who enters my office feel comfortable and confident that we can work collaboratively to get to a better place for you. I am happy to answer any questions about beginning the process of therapy and also offer a free 30 minute consultation appointment to help you determine if we are a good fit.
Part of my work as a therapist has also been facilitating presentations and workshops on the topic of sexuality and sex therapy to the public, graduate students, and therapists. I have presented at the local and national level. I look forward to continue to do more of this in the future and welcome the opportunity to do so.
I also offer supervision, internships, and consultation to therapists. I am an LMFT board-approved & AAMFT approved supervisor for those seeking their LMFT and LPCC licensure.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our family. I love playing volleyball, watching our beloved Minnesota Twins, and enjoying life!
*Note: I do have Saturday availability and online therapy available for busy professionals and couples!
Diane Sparish, MA
With more than 20 years of business experience in leadership and professional development, I have a special interest in helping those with busy, successful work lives apply their many skills to their relationship and family life.
I believe how we feel about pleasure, sexuality, intimacy, our body, our relationships, and our right to happiness determines the quality of our relationships and the quality of our lives.
Whether we are young, old, gay, straight, individual, coupled, or polyamorous, we can find ourselves challenged by conflict, connection, communication, sexual concerns, gaps in sexual desire, waning passion, infertility, and infidelity or other violations of trust. I help people ask for and receive what they want from relationships, sexuality, and everyday life.
If you are feeling disconnected, stuck in a rut, and exhausted, I can help. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, I want to offer you a fresh, unique way of being that best fits and revitalizes you and your relationships. In our work together, I will guide you into new ways of thinking about, discussing, and experiencing connection, intimacy, desire, and sexuality.
Much of the work I do involves working with individuals and couples experiencing concerns such as communication challenges, relationship conflict, waning passion, gaps in sexual desire, infidelity and other violations of trust, sexual concerns, sexual pain, and sexual or other trauma. I also have a special interest in working with people preparing for marriage, questioning the future of their relationship, considering separation or divorce, experiencing blended family concerns, or facing challenges in becoming parents – including infertility, miscarriage, and perinatal/postpartum depression/anxiety, and those experiencing the effects of social oppression on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.
My education, training, professional network, and experience help me bring the wisdom of multiple experts to my work with you. I hold a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary. I am trained in Discernment Counseling and in the Gottman Level 1 relational therapy model and I am a certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor. I am a member of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (MAMFT), and American Society of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (ASSECT).
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and use it when appropriate with couples.
I am passionate about helping people feel their best, navigate life’s challenges, improve relationships, and meet their goals. I bring warmth, compassion, knowledge, and respect to everyone who enters my office so we can work collaboratively to help you live your best life. I offer a free 30-minute consultation appointment so you have a chance to meet me, ask questions, learn more about therapy, and decide whether you think I am the right therapist for you.
*Note: I do have online therapy available for busy professionals and couples!
When I am not working, I enjoy time with my husband, family, and friends, hiking, biking, traveling, reading, and spending time in nature.