LGBTQ Affirming Psychotherapy in Minneapolis

Individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) community experience a unique and often times emotionally painful set of stressors.  This can include coming out (an ongoing process), issues of stigma, subtle or blatant forms of discrimination or even violence, and many times rejection from those who are closest.  Add these on top of every day stressors or past traumas and life can feel challenging at times.

It is important to have a therapist who can understand your experiences as an LGBTQ person, and also know that your reason for seeking help may or may not be directly related to or caused by these experiences.

I provide LGBTQ affirming psychotherapy in Minneapolis and am a member of the Minnesota LGBT Therapists Network.  Please contact me with questions or to schedule an initial consultation.  I look forward to being of help.

Joanne Garlich, ms lpcc

Minneapolis Psychotherapy + Wellness Building


Caring and Client-Centered Psychotherapy in Minneapolis

Hello, my name is Joanne Garlich, and I’m a licensed psychotherapist in Minneapolis.  I provide psychotherapy to individuals who are seeking relief from stress, anxiety, or depression.  I also work with people in the LGBTQ community, as well as individuals with misophonia, tinnitus, and hyperacusis.

There are many psychotherapists to choose from in Minneapolis, and finding the right one can be an intimidating process.  Please explore my website or call to schedule a free initial consultation to see if we would be a good fit.  I think you’ll find my calm and caring presence welcoming, and I hope I can be of help to you.

Joanne Garlich, ms lpcc

Minneapolis Psychotherapy + Wellness Building

Listen to Guided Relaxation with Joanne

Guided relaxation is a fast and effective way to find a sense of calm and balance.  In a matter of minutes you can enjoy a quiet mind, relaxed muscles, and an increased sense of wellbeing.  Click on the link below to listen as I guide you through a few minutes of relaxation, and to learn a little more about the work that I do.

Guided Relaxation with Joanne ~ Enjoy!

Thanks for listening,


Beautiful Quote from Thich Nhat Hanh

I recently attended a guided relaxation class held by Beth Freshi, a life coach at A Time for Expression LLC, and enjoyed the class quite a bit.  Often, when I am doing relaxation or meditation I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes.  I think this passage so nicely describes meditation, its purpose, process and value.

Sitting meditation is very healing.  We realize we can just be with whatever is within us- our pain, anger, and irritation, or our joy, love and peace.  We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it.  Let it come, let it stay, then let it go.  No need to push, to oppress, or to pretend our thoughts are not there.   Observe the thoughts and images of our mind with an accepting and loving eye.  We are free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us.

Thich Nhat Hanh