As the weather warms up, summer is often a slower time for therapists in Minnesota including Mandy Wannarka, owner of Mindful Wellbeing in Coon Rapids. But when the pandemic hit in 2020, nothing slowed down.
“The demand just outpaced what I could do individually,” Wannarka said. “So as soon as I determined it was time for me to say yes to adding people, I needed a space for us to be together.”
Wannarka moved into an office building at 199 Coon Rapids Boulevard just over a year ago. She has since expanded into the suite next door and has added several more clinicians to her team.
“We focus really heavily on supporting families or individuals who are trying to build their families so we see a lot of folks who are trying to conceive or are having trouble with that process,” Wannarka said. “We also support those who've had pregnancy or infant loss.”
Mindful Wellbeing takes a holistic approach to helping clients. In addition to traditional talk therapy, services include wellness classes and support groups. They’ve even partnered with a local yoga instructor to provide on-site sessions for those who are interested.
“We do a lot of individual supporting of clients by working with them on how to build mindfulness into everyday practice as well as some of the more formal meditation-type things that people often think of when they think of mindfulness,” Wannarka said.
For anyone considering counseling, Wannarka encourages people to check out different therapist profiles, and pay attention to who the person is and their areas of expertise and interests. She says the therapist fit is the number one predictor of success in mental health counseling.
“I really love seeing the transformation of people on their journey,” Wannarka said. “It’s such an honor to bear witness to people’s mental health and to their desire to feel better.”