Jesse Van Leeuwe, M.S., LMFT
I am a passionate and curious person with a plethora of interests, including reading, being outdoors, video games, cooking, creative arts, writing, current events, listening to and playing music, contemplating deep and/or random thoughts and spending time with family and friends. I am a self-identified geek and revel in the likes of Lord of the Rings, Zelda, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars and other popular/geek culture phenomena. I currently reside in the New Ulm area with my husband and children.
Short Version: You are not crazy. You are not alone. I believe you are worthy of love and belonging exactly as you are. If you’re struggling to cope with life, therapy can help you understand it and help you find what you need to heal and grow. Humor and metaphor are my favorite strategies.
Long Version: I believe we are meant to help each other as fellow human beings to heal and grow in order to become fully human and fully alive. We are not meant to journey through the difficulty, pain and darkness of life alone. Mental health not only means resolving problems and improving symptoms; mental health also means living a life in which you can grow, not just survive.
As a therapist, I help clients grow by accepting them without judgment and listening to their stories with compassion. I help clients learn how to understand, accept, heal and grow within themselves and their relationships. I offer professional guidance, tools and knowledge based on each client’s unique journey.
Overall, I have an integrative approach in my therapeutic techniques, adjusting tools and strategies based on specific needs. I most often utilize cognitive-behavioral (CBT), acceptance and commitment (ACT), internal family systems (IFS), mindfulness-based, client-centered, narrative, attachment-focused, trauma-informed and experiential approaches.
I provide diagnostic assessments and outpatient therapy for a full spectrum of mental health concerns. I particularly enjoy helping adolescents, couples and adult individuals with anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, anger management, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adolescent issues, depression, domestic violence, family issues, LGBTQIA concerns, grief and loss, major life changes, mindfulness, parenting support, relationship/marital stress, severe and persistent mental illness, spiritual concerns, stress management and trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Bachelor of Arts in English (minors in secondary education and French), College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
Master of Science in mental health counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, in 2012
During my graduate internship at New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, Minnesota, I provided individual, family and group therapy within the outpatient mental health and dual diagnosis substance abuse units. Upon completing my masters degree in 2012, I served as an outpatient mental health therapist at a community mental health center in New Ulm for three years. During that time, I worked with clients of diverse ages, cultural backgrounds and diagnoses, doing individual, couples, family and group therapy. Additionally, I served as a mental health advocate with local drug courts and co-facilitated a men’s domestic violence group based on the DAIP/Duluth Model.
I have been a fully licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Minnesota since 2014. I joined Eunoia in March 2016 as an outpatient therapist to continue my journey in serving the New Ulm area.
Jesse Van Leeuwe, M.S., LMFT, is located in our New Ulm office and provides services for ages 10 and up.