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Our Approach to Therapy

Getting therapy early can prevent more intense issues in the future, so we’re here to support you where you are when you need it. Our team of licensed therapists is specially trained in trauma and stress, and we’re committed to helping families stay together, heal, grow, and move forward. We’re here to support you and your family.

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Our Treatment Specialties

Individual Therapy

We provide outpatient therapy to children, youth, and adults in the communities of Austin and Albert Lea, Minnesota. Gerard Community Mental Health Services was founded in March 2015, in response to the ever-growing mental-health needs in the area. Originally, we began working with kids in the Austin Public School District but we quickly began serving adults as well. We also provide specialized therapeutic services for children as young as two.

Family and Couple Therapy

We provide therapy for family groups—usually children together with their parents or caregivers—in addition to therapy for couples. A healthy family system depends on positive communication skills and emotional regulation. We help families build a foundation where each member feels supported, valued, heard, and loved. This is a critical first step to emotional growth and stability. From there, we help them build healthier relationships and a stronger family unit that can improve their current life and generations to come.

Trauma-Focused Therapies (TF-CBT & EMDR)

For patients who are struggling to recover from traumatic events and memories, we use evidence-based therapies that can relieve ongoing distress. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a process that uses narrative, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help people process through traumatic events. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another form of psychotherapy that helps people process traumatic memories that are negatively impacting their mental health and their ability to be present.

Our Therapists

Zoe Knops, LGSW

Zoe Knops, LGSW

Mental Health Therapist
Ashley Schoonover

Ashley Schoonover, LICSW

Mental Health Therapist

our locations


Nexus-Gerard Family Healing - Outpatient Services

Phone: 507-434-4366
Fax: 507-433-7868


1111 28th St. NE, Austin, MN 55912
137 N Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007

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