Maple Grove MN Therapy and Counseling

Individual Therapy, Rule 25 Assessment, Chemical Health Counseling, and Parenting/Family Support

Dagaz Therapy, Providing Telehealth MN-Wide and In-Person Counseling in Maple Grove, MN

Dagaz Mission:

The dagaz symbol originates from the runic alphabet, translating to the words “day” or “dawn”. Most commonly dagaz is thought to symbolize new beginnings, enlightenment, growth, change, hope and happiness. My mission as a therapist is to be a helping professional that provides a safe space to help facilitate and nurture the hope, transformation and enlightenment that is symbolic of the dagaz symbol. I strive to provide individualized, culturally competent care and embrace diversity, uniqueness, personal preference and choice. I believe that one by one, healthy, self-aware people create healthy homes, communities and culture. I am honored to be a part of that process with the children, teens and adults that I work with, in the community that I call home.

The Dagaz Therapeutic Approach:

My therapeutic approach is eclectic, interpersonal and strengths based. I utilize evidence-based practices such as brief solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy. I have been trained in and practice both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for trauma, PTSD and a variety of other disorders. I believe that this diverse approach allows individuals to develop personal growth goals for both their mental health and chemical health concerns and to be able to achieve those goals. My therapeutic approach is also rooted in the idea that through a therapeutic alliance, clients will feel safe and motivated to move towards growth, wellness, and personal empowerment.

Britta Svihel MA, LPCC, LADC


I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I specialize in working with youth, young adults, and adults who struggle with mental health and/or chemical health issues, as well as life transitions and stressors related to those age groups. The most common symptoms or concerns that I treat include depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, addiction, parenting support, as well as children of addicted/alcoholic parents and families issues. Personally, I am passionate about my family and close friends, and find my own balance through art, music, gardening, and crafting.

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Studio art and Psychology; Hamline Universtiy, St Paul, MN; 2008
  • Master of Arts: Professional Counseling and Addiction Studies; Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School, Center City, MN; 2010

Additional Training and Certifications:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing)
  • TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Previous Work Experience

  • Private Practice Therapist since 2015 in Maple Grove, MN
  • Adjunct Professor, Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School, January 2021 to present
  • Associate Director of Youth Residential Treatment, Volunteers of America MN from 2016-2019
  • Program Director, Clinical Services Supervisor, and a Clinician at Omegon Residential Treatment Center, Minnetonka MN spanning from 2010-2016
  • Student Assistance Counselor, Osseo Area Schools MN from 2013-2016.

Sarah Thilmony, MSW, LICSW


I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). I specialize in working with children (6+) and adolescents who struggle with mental health issues through individual therapy, as well as families in navigating ways to better support one another through family therapy. Life can be stressful. I hope to be able to provide a safe, supportive environment to be curious and find healthy ways to cope with these stressors, manage intense/uncomfortable emotions, and live the life you want to live.

I use several modalities to meet the needs of individuals and families in therapy including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), mindful-based strategies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). I also have training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF- CBT) to support children and adolescents, and their caregivers better process thoughts and emotions related to a traumatic experience. I believe in meeting individuals and families where they are at, and being flexible in my therapeutic approach.

My journey to becoming a licensed independent social worker (LICSW) started at Minnesota State University- Moorhead where I received a bachelors in social work. I went on to attend the University of Denver where I received a masters in social work. I have worked in a variety of settings as a therapist/social worker for the past 13 years that includes an adolescent residential treatment center, child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient hospital, and school social worker. I have experience working with children and adolescents who struggle with their mental health, along with their guardians.

Personally, I find balance by being outdoors, spending time with my family and friends, hanging out with my giant golden doodle, and practicing yoga and meditation.

Denise Urmann, Clinical Intern

My approach to therapy involves my core values of authenticity and honesty.  I want every client to feel heard and know that they are valued.  Authenticity and honesty are two of my top values in life, these qualities are key components of the therapeutic relationship.  I believe in providing a safe, collaborative, and client-centered space where you can achieve your goals.

I have experience working with individuals and families in a variety of settings with a unique interest in helping people who experience trauma and addiction challenges.  I use a systemic perspective to address concerns and integrate different treatment modalities to meet the individual needs of my clients. With 15+years in law enforcement, I am uniquely qualified to work with anyone in the emergency services field.  I know that coming to therapy is an act of courage and vulnerability; I honor this courage and walk alongside clients as they work towards progress.

Address: 11292 86th Ave N Suite 100, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | Phone: (612) 460-0427

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