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

Helping Individuals, Couples and Families Rediscover Strengths and Potential


Common Questions

What are the benefits to seeking therapy?

In a busy stress filled world, many seek to find a sense of calm or balance in their day-to- day living. There are many benefits from participating in therapy sessions. Some very common challenges addressed through therapy are: managing symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress. Perhaps it may be for support in dealing with sudden changes or occurrences in life such as employment transitions, changes in relationships, and unexpected events. Or simply to receive advice from a therapist for ones own personal goals, growth, and self-exploration. A therapist can provide assistance, feedback, guidance, support, and encouragement related to varying challenges one may face in daily life. Many people find therapy a benefit to help cope with struggles related to grief and loss, stress management, conflict, communication skills, self-esteem, relationship issues and transitions in life. Those who benefit most from therapy are those who seek greater satisfaction, awareness, and who are willing to work toward positive change in their lives.

What takes place in a therapy session?

The first initial session is an Intake Assessment, whereby the therapist gathers background information, identifies primary issues and concerns. Together the therapist and client will identify goals and initial steps to work on. Each therapy session is individualized for a client’s specific need and personal goal. During sessions, the therapist and client discuss challenges, experiences, successes, strategies and new skills. Normally, therapy is scheduled for a series of weekly, bi-weekly or monthly sessions (based on individual need), where each session lasts 53 minutes. Depending upon the specific issue or the complexity of the challenge, therapy can be either short or long-term. In order for therapy to be most effective, the client must be an active participant who seeks positive change in his/her life.

What can therapy provide for me?

Many people find that therapy provides them with a safe, comfortable environment to work with a neutral, third party, trained professional who is there to listen as well as aid in providing feedback, support and help create solutions to challenging situations. Therapy can also provide a new outlook or perspective as individuals discover new insight. Generally, people find therapy successful in decreasing conflict, lowering symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and increasing personal relationships, and overall satisfaction and pleasure in life.

Therapy can provide benefits in many ways such as:

  • Increase self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Acquire greater satisfaction, peace, and happiness.
  • Establish new skills for managing stress, anxiety or depression.
  • Recognize and adjust behavior patterns.
  • Develop coping, problem solving, and communication skills.
  • Manage challenging situations more effectively.
  • Enhance personal relationships.
  • Gain a greater satisfaction in daily living.
Is therapy services covered by insurance or an employee assistance program?

Paula J. Detjen, PLLC accepts most major health insurance networks and is a provider with many employee assistance programs. It is strongly recommended that you first check with your health insurance network or your employee assistance program (if your employer offers this benefit). Find out about your insurance coverage carefully and seek the answers to the following questions:

  • What is my coverage for behavioral mental health services?
  • Do I have a deductible? If so, has it already been met?
  • Are my services covered unlimited? Is there a co-pay?
  • Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?
  • Is a prior authorization from my insurance needed?
  • Do I need an authorization from my employee assistance program (EAP)?
  • Is my therapist an EAP provider and also in my private insurance network (so as not to have to start over again with someone new).
How is confidentiality upheld in therapy?

According to the law as outlined in the Notice of Privacy Practices, confidentiality of all communication between a client and therapist is protected and can not be disclosed without written permission. However, there are a few exceptions that include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.

Therapist is required by law to report this to appropriate authorities.

  • If a client threatens serious harm to another person.

Therapist is required by law to report this to appropriate authorities

  • If a client plans to harm him or her self.

Therapist is required by law to report this to appropriate authorities

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.