8669 Eagle Point Blvd
Lake Elmo, MN 55402
(651) 379-0444

  Mari Boyd, MA, LMFT

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trained Therapis

A Mental Health Therapist: My Approach

I am a positive, down-to-earth therapist who will support and encourage you in your efforts toward change, personal growth and emotional healing. My style is relational and conversational. I believe trust comes when you become comfortable with your therapist and develop a safe working relationship. I often see my role as that of a coach and I have tools that I can give you which you can then use to make changes in your life and relationships. 


As a Christian, my faith is very important to me and represents the core of who I am. Yet God has not called me to preach or evangelize, but to live out that faith throughout my life. I will always respect your own beliefs and I practice a 'client led' approach to speaking about faith and spirituality within the context of therapy. 


Professional Background

Education
 
 
MA, LMFT
 Bethel Seminary
 St Paul, MN
BS, Psychology
 Northwestern College
 St Paul, MN
License
 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
 Minnesota
Employment
 
Counseling Care
 Lake Elmo, MN
Military Affiliation
Military and Family Life Counselor

Personal

My husband and I have been married since 1979, representing several decades of good times and hard work. Marriage does not always come easy and I have never lost sight of the work involved in keeping our marriage strong and thriving. Marriage has also provided me with one of the most transforming opportunities of my life. When I finally accepted that I could not change my husband, I realized I had to focus on changing and fine tuning myself. Imagine that!


We also have an adult son who has been with his fiancé since high school over 16 years!  Also, my husband & I have a passion for rescue animals & right have 2 incredible dogs.  We have Casey a 9 year old golden retriever who we adopted from Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) as she was surrendered by some a loving farm family who discovered when she was 6 that she had epilepsy.  She was an outside dog & now needed to live inside.  They could not have her live inside so instead of putting her down they surrendered her.  What an act of love on their part!  We have loved on this girl...or should I say...she has LOVED on us for the past 3 years & helped us heal our hearts after the passing of our last golden girl of 13 years.  Also, July 2019 we stepped out of our "Golden Retriever comfort zone" & adopted a "Itty-bitty-pitty" from ARottaLovePlus (ARLP) our crazy, loving, 2 year old 35 lb Pit Bill (Staffordshire Terrier mix) Stella!  She was rescued as a pup from a dog fighting ring in Minneapolis before she could be abused too terribly.  We are giving her a life of love & she is giving us new energy, kisses, a dog sleeping in bed with us (which we have never done before!), sudden rips around the house & stealth surprise attacks from out of nowhere!  

All this to say, I love dogs!