Sandtray Therapy

Sandtray Therapy

Although sand tray therapy may look like child’s play, it is a highly therapeutic and multidimensional form of therapy that can provide emotional release and realization for a person in therapy. Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct his or her own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.

Adults who have been traumatized may respond well to sand tray therapy. The environment presents an atmosphere free from threats, and the therapist works with the person in therapy to alter the positions of the miniature objects as representations of the true people and events. By beginning to facilitate change on a fictitious level, a person can gain the courage and ability to recognize that these same changes can be made in his or her own life.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy

 Willow Creek Counseling uses a type of Play Therapy for children 3-11 years known as Experiential Play Therapy. Experiential Play Therapy® is a model of play therapy that allows for the child to be the director of their own therapy.  Only the child knows their particular perceptions of their life’s dilemmas.   In this play therapy process, the child is able to use toys and metaphors as well as their own creativity to recreate their unique experience in a safe and non-judgmental environment that allows them to approach their struggles at their own pace so that they are able to regain the power that has been lost in the actual event or environment. The play therapist becomes a partner in the child’s quest, assuming whatever role the child requests. This play is active, as the child and therapist work together to expel the stress of the experience and empower the child to move forward.




“Confronting their emotional pain, children repeatedly re-approach the memories of their experiences in the stages of development in which they occurred, in an effort to resolve trauma and master emotional responses in play sessions. The child regains a sense of empowerment, reframing the intense emotions associated with the traumatic experience and replacing it with a restored internal sense of well- being”.

-Byron and Carol Norton, 1997


Willow Creek Counseling

Individual, Couples and Family Psychotherapy

Willow Creek Psychotherapy integrates evidenced-based practice models while always considering the individual needs of our clients and what is most effective in meeting your concerns, symptoms and preferences.  We believe in highlighting and building on inherent client strengths and resiliencies while at the same time partnering and creating a trusting therapist-client relationship that is essential to feeling supported. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Therapy, and Trauma-Informed therapies are treatment models that we use frequently with individuals, couples and families, however, we are constantly in training and acquiring new skills to bring to our clients so that they benefit from the best clinical practices possible. Our focus will always be for the good of our clients and their well-being.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision provided by Claudette Larson, MSW, LICSW


LGSW’s seeking eligibility for the LICSW license must complete 200 hours of clinical supervision with an approved supervisor.  Of the 200 hours, 100 hours must be provided through one-on-one supervision.  This must include a minimum of 50 hours of in-person supervision.

A Social Work Supervisor must be licensed as a social worker at the appropriate level. All licensing supervisors must have completed 30 hours of training in supervision through coursework from an accredited college or university, or through continuing education in compliance with the Board’s CE requirements.

Clinical licensing supervisors must also have at least 2,000 hours of experience in authorized social work practice, including 1,000 hours of experience in clinical practice if providing clinical supervision.

I have been a Minnesota Board of Social Work-approved supervisor for 10 years and I offer clinical supervision for individuals seeking licensure at the LICSW level.

Please contact me at Willow Creek Counseling at (320) 354-4200 to discuss your clinical supervision needs.

Professional Therapy Offered

  • Play Therapy
  • Diagnostic Assessments
  • Rule 79's
  • Crisis Assessments
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Individual, Couples & Family Counseling
  • EAP Counseling
  • Substance Abuse/Disorder Counseling





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Typical Client Issues Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Substance Abuse/Dependency
  • Parenting Issues
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Mental Health concerns including Bipolar Disorder & Schizophrenia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Life Coaching/Empowerment
  • Personality Disorders
  • Codependency
  • Trauma Issues
  • Work Stress
  • LGBTQ Issues

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Hours of Operation

Counseling appointments are available Monday - Friday, both day and evenings times are available for your convenience.

Please call us for an appointment at:

(320) 354-4200


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