Claudette Larson LICSW, RPT

Claudette Larson was born and raised in New York where she earned her Bachelors of Science at the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz and her Masters in Social Welfare at the SUNY Stony Brook.  In 2004, Claudette decided to make the Midwest her home and came to the Twin Cities joining HealthEast Care Systems in downtown St. Paul providing clinical social work services both at St. Joseph Hospital’s Emergency Department and In-Patient Mental Health Unit as well as at the Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital’s Brain Injury Unit. In 2006, Claudette became a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. In 2009, Claudette married and moved to New London, MN, joining Counseling Associates, a Behavioral Health Department of Swift County Benson Hospital and continued her work in outpatient psychotherapy, clinical supervision and became Supervisor of the In-Home Family Therapy program. 

Claudette loves working with all populations and considers helping others in the healing of Anxiety and Depression to be her forte’.  Most recently, Claudette has begun a journey of helping children and adolescents heal from emotional difficulties through Experiential Play Therapy and recently earned her certification as a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy.  Claudette is also a featured writer for the West Central Tribune’s Lifestyle Magazine, “Live It!” writing the “Life Happens” column.  Claudette is looking forward to sharing her experience and years of training with the local community around New London!


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Kristin Schmidt LICSW

Kristin grew up near Willmar, and is thrilled to be opening an office in the area.

She earned her Bachelor’s of science degree in social work from Mankato State University in 1995, and worked in many settings and locations to include working with military service members in a Red Cross office in Korea, and working with children and families in Community Mental Health Services in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Kristin went back to graduate school and earned her Master’s in Clinical Social work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 2009. 

She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has recently completed her Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston MA.

The past four years she has worked for the Swift County Benson Hospital Counseling Associates department doing in home family counseling, counseling within the school setting, and individual therapy with children, adults and families.

Her special areas of interest include working with children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and other developmental issues.

She has a special area of interest  providing trauma informed therapy in an effort  to best meet the needs of clients who have experienced different levels of psychological and developmental trauma.


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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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