Meet Cassandra Brix, LAMFT

Life can be an inspiring, energizing, connecting, and fulfilling experience. Enduring life on one’s own can also be draining, hurtful, scary, and lonely. Therapy can be a way to effectively cope through life’s valleys, find appreciation in our travels, as well as a way to create more enjoyable paths in life that a person wants to lead.  I have been working in the behavioral and mental health fields for over 15 years. In this time, I have felt inspired by the courage that people uncover within themselves, humbled by the determination and strength that surfaces in times of distress, in awe of how much empowerment a person can cultivate in their life, and grateful to everyone who has been willing to share their journey with me.

My Therapy Philosophy

  • All are welcome. No one has to hide who they are, thoughts they have, or what they have experienced. Wherever you are at in your life, who you are, and what you experience: that is okay. And in our sessions, I will meet you wherever you are.

  • Each person is unique and has their own history, dreams for the future, and each person can make their own decisions in life. I can use various treatments, modalities, and therapeutic lenses to support you towards your desired goals in life. 

  • No one has to go through life alone, not feeling understood, or feeling like they do not have a place in the world. Therapy can be a safe space for you to be you, to not worry about judgement, to feel like you belong somewhere.

  • Relationships are a necessity in life. And relationships are challenging. From a systemic view, people are relational beings and are necessary for mental and physical health. We depend on relationships for survival, enjoyment, fulfillment, and help. We learn about ourselves, how we want to live our lives, who we want to be, and grow in many ways, just by being in relationships. Relationships are also tricky systems where people can find themselves feeling stuck in patterns they don’t want to be in, dissatisfied, distressed, or disconnected in relationships. And despite trying, one can find themself unable to change these patterns without a trained person outside of this relationship. Psychotherapy, whether in the context of individual, family, couples, or group therapy, can be a resource for building healthy relationships.

  • I am passionate about staying up to date on evidenced based therapy practices, following the latest mental health research and trainings, and am promoting professional developments for colleagues in the mental and behavioral health fields. I am constantly bringing my ongoing passion, education, and trainings into my sessions with me, to provide the most effective and appropriate psychotherapy I can provide.

 

Experience

Currently, I am working towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working as a mental health practitioner since 2011.  I have experience working with multiple treatment modalities: such as individuals, families, couples, and groups. 

I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University.

 

Cassandra’s specialty training includes:

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT): is an evidenced based model of therapy, based on attachment theory with a systems approach, that research supports it can be a tool to improve the couple relationship. The goals of EFCT are to help couples reduce their relational distress, improve their satisfaction, build new emotional experiences, and create a secure attachment with each other. I have completed the externship for this model and am working towards certification.

Prepare and Enrich: Couple relationship enrichment for premarital and marital relationships

Discernment Counseling: Couples deciding the direction of their relationship

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

 

Areas of Interest

  • Couples therapy - Marital and Relationship Distress

  • Couples therapy - Premarital and Marriage Enrichment

  • Co-parenting

  • Divorcing families

  • Family therapy - Blended Families

  • Family therapy - Family stress or conflict

  • Family therapy - Family systems

  • Life and situational transitions

  • Thought disorders, hallucinations, delusions, schizophrenia

  • Developmental and cognitive disabilities

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Childhood disorders, behaviors, development

  • Depression

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Severe and persistent mental illness

  • Identity and self-esteem

  • Communication

  • Stress management

Contact Cassandra

Phone: 320-223-2382

Email: cassandra@northcountrycounseling.net

Appointment Availability:

Glenwood, Mondays & Wednesdays 8:00am - 6:00pm

Alexandria, Tuesdays 8:00am - 6:00pm

Contact North Country

105 2nd Avenue NE

Suite 110

Glenwood, MN 56334

Phone: 320.428.0744

Fax: 320.438.2829

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1920 Turning Leaf Lane SW

Suite 4

Alexandria, MN 56308

Phone: 320.428.0744

Fax: 320.438.2829