myHealth has been providing mental health services to young people and their families for 42 years and has seen an increase in demand over recent years. Our staff is happy to talk to young people about a variety of topics, such as anxiety and stress management, body image, gender identity, sexual orientation, risk-taking behaviors, and relationship and family issues. So if you feel like you need to talk, we’re here and ready to listen.

Individual Counseling

During individual sessions, we will discuss any concerns you have in a safe, confidential space. If you would like to have parents, partners, or other parties join you during your sessions sometimes, that is perfectly okay.

Family Counseling

Therapy can help improve the flow of communication among family members, including immediate and extended family members. By working with the family as a whole, in addition to one on one counseling, myHealth therapists can help families work through difficult issues such as death, divorce and other situations that can bring tension into the living environment.

Short Wait

As of February 2024, the wait time for counseling is shorter than evener. Give us a call at 952-474-3251 to begin the scheduling process.

Shannon Sweeney,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Shannon is a trained LICSW and received her MSW from the University of Washington in 2015. She has been working with adolescents and young adults for most of her career, with a strong background in juvenile justice.

Shannon’s practice takes a person-centered and humanistic approach that focuses on psychological flexibility and self-acceptance.  She believes in collaborating with clients to create an open and safe space to explore challenges, promote healing, and encourage growth. Shannon uses techniques from various frameworks, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Theory.

Shannon and her partner are new to Minnesota with their two pups, Bucky and Harley. They love all of the great biking that Minnesota has to offer, along with the food! If Shannon isn’t riding on two wheels, you can catch her watching football, finding the best pizza place, or trying to catch ‘em all.

Erin Spencer,

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Erin graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2014 and from Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s in Social Work in 2015. Erin has worked as a therapist for children, teens, and families with an emphasis on child welfare throughout her career.
Erin centers the client’s needs and experiences in therapy, working with clients to explore and identify their needs. She primarily uses techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing with a trauma focused lens. Erin works to create a safe and welcoming space for all clients, including those with neuro-divergence and LGBTQIA+ clients.
When not working, Erin enjoys spending time with her overly spoiled dog, Katherine. Erin loves going to concerts, comedians, plays, and musicals whenever possible. She is also a passionate supporter of Minnesota United and Minnesota Aurora Soccer Teams. She loves spending time with friends and family, including traveling to visit loved ones who don’t live in the area.

Emily Erickson,

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Emily has been practicing therapy since 2017. She received her clinical training from St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas School of Social Work in 2018 and an undergraduate degree in Social Justice and Gender Studies in 2007 from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Emily has worked with youth, young adults and families in community clinics, hospitals and a college health center. Emily has training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) from the EMDR Institute, Inc.; a type of therapy that can help clients address traumatic experiences. Emily works with clients from all different backgrounds and a range of mental health concerns. She particularly enjoys working with clients around issues of anxiety and depression, experiences of trauma, including sexual and domestic violence, grief and loss, and relationship concerns, identity exploration and sexual health and well-being. Emily is a queer-identified therapist and enjoys working with LGBTQIA+ clients. 

Emily believes clients are their own best experts and have a wealth of knowledge inherently inside themselves. Emily seeks to create a safe and comfortable environment for clients to share at their own pace, connect to their own inner strength and knowledge, and gain new insights and ways of coping. 

Emily is usually reading 2-3 books at once. She loves hearing about what you’re currently reading or your favorite books, shows or movies. Emily appreciates most everything nature has to offer and tries to spend as much time as possible outside—observing, walking, camping, swimming, hiking are some of her favs. 

Penny White,

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Penny graduated from the University of Minnesota with Child Psychology and Elementary Education degrees and has experience teaching in elementary, junior high, and preschool programs. Penny also spent some time at home with her family while working in various roles in the fitness industry. She received her Master’s in Counseling from St. Mary’s in June 2021.

Penny believes in a client-centered, relational approach working with individuals collaboratively to empower and encourage insight and growth. Penny believes in creating a caring and nonjudgmental space for clients to heal, grow, and develop in their own way and at their own pace. She is a LGBTQIA-friendly provider.

Penny lives in Chanhassen with her family and two dogs. She enjoys biking, water sports, Nordic skiing, reality tv, live music, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite food is anything with cheese, especially cheese curds. She can’t keep plants alive, and her favorite self-care activity is baking.

You are not alone.

We all feel down from time to time, feel stressed on occasion and can be overwhelmed by anxiety. It is normal to experience all of these at one time or another.
Finding someone to talk to can help sort it all out. At myHealth our counselors specialize in dealing with the issues teens & young adults face today.
When you are ready to talk about what is weighing on your mind, we are here, just a phone call away.

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do you ever feel really sad, frustrated, or lonely?
  • Do you feel especially angry, annoyed, or out-of-control?
  • Do you feel very anxious, worried, or guilty?
  • Have you experienced some major problems at home, at school, or in your neighborhood?
  • Have you noticed changes in the way you sleep, eat, or think and feel about life?
  • Is it hard for you to talk about these feelings with your family or friends?
  • Are these feelings having a bad effect on your life – are they making your schoolwork and your relationships with family and friends hard?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, it may be a good idea for you to talk with a therapist.

Learn more about mental health conditions and when to seek help:

Check out this self-compassion exercise one of our therapists created to practice shifting our perspective and be more kind to ourselves.