Paula J. Detjen, MA, LMFT, LPC, MnGTP

Helping Individuals, Couples and Families Rediscover Strengths and Potential


About Me

Paula J. Detjen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Minnesota State Approved Gambling Treatment Provider. She works with individuals, couples and families. Paula is experienced in working with children and adolescents in addition to providing therapy to adults. She maintains a private practice with two office locations: Northfield and Burnsville, Minnesota.

As a professional in the field with over 25 years experience in counseling, and an alumni of Alfred Adler Graduate School Specializing in Adlerian therapy, Paula is currently working with a wide variety of clients. Her areas of expertise are working with issues of co-dependency, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, self-image, relationship issues, life transitions, school and work adjustment, parenting concerns, problem gambling and affected family members.

Paula J. Detjen has presented on the topic of Problem Gambling and Affected Family Members at regional conferences. She participates on a statewide speaker’s bureau to help educate others on this topic. In addition, Paula often provides services to affected family members who are challenged by loving and living with someone with an addiction.

As an interactive, solution-focused therapist, her therapeutic approach is to provide support, guidance and practical feedback to help clients explore and resolve personal life challenges. Paula combines complimentary methodologies and techniques to help meet individual needs of each client. She is very compassionate, caring and understanding as she works with clients to feel safe and understood in order to assist them in developing newfound skills, strengths and achieve personal growth their seeking.


  • LMFT Track, Alfred Adler Graduate School, 2004
  • MA, Counseling, Gallaudet University, 1988
  • BS, Education, Washington University, 1984

License & Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Minnesota
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Minnesota
  • State Approved Provider on Problem Gambling, Minnesota

Additional Training

  • Fluent in American Sign Language

Paula J. Detjen, MA, LMFT, LPC
(507) 581-0430


Paula provides gambling therapy as well as Child, Adolescent, Adult and Individual & Family counseling in Northfield, MN and Burnsville, MN.