Samantha Praus _ Praus Guidance & Healin

Stress & Anxiety Therapy

for Teens, Young Adults & Professionals

I help stressed out perfectionists, overthinkers & self-doubters get unstuck and find balance

Accepting New Clients

A Bit About You

You have high standards for others, and even higher standards for yourself. Being a perfectionist used to be helpful, but now you are tired of being frustrated and never feeling good enough. 

​You recently went through a major life transition and now you feel overwhelmed, lonely, disconnected or pressured to make things work or be the best. Sometimes you resent this change and worry that you will never feel settled in. 

You have perfected the art of seeming like you have it all together, but on the inside it feels like things are falling apart. You are dealing with high amounts of stress, your worry keeps you up a night, and you have difficulties saying nice things to yourself. 

You have big dreams and life goals, but somehow you can't quite keep up with day-to-day demands. Outside influences and pressures are bringing you down, you find yourself procrastinating on important tasks, and avoidance has become your number one coping mechanism. 

You have thought about therapy, but you hesitate to take that step. You know that you need to do something different, but you worry that therapy is too drastic.

If you are feeling increasingly stressed, anxious, burned out or immobilized by perfectionism, you have come the the right place. I'm glad you're here! 

Coming to therapy does not mean you are crazy, that there is something drastically wrong with you, or that you need to be fixed. Coming to therapy is taking care of yourself, finding security in who you are, and working through the challenges that are holding you back. Therapy might just be exactly what you need.

Finding the right therapist is time consuming and daunting. You spend loads of time searching profiles, reading about therapeutic approaches and wondering if, or when, you should reach out. Take a look around and if you like what you see, get in touch. I'd love to help you get started!

Therapy for Adults | Praus Guidance & Healing
Anxiety Treatment | Counseling & Therapy
Teen Therapy & Counseling | Anxiety Treatment | Online Therapy

Let's Determine if I'm the Right Therapist for You

You've googled and shifted through countless profiles, and you haven't quite found the right therapist. The process of searching for, and finding, the right therapist can be daunting and overwhelming. I get it. 

Each therapist is different, and it's important for you to feel like you have have found the right one for you. So, let's determine if I'm the right therapist for you...

I keep it real and my clients appreciate my straightforward approach. I am an active participant in your therapy and I will not tip-toe around your challenges. Your time is valuable and I want you to get the most out of your therapeutic journey. 

The clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are the ones who come ready to work, are invested in the therapeutic process, and understand that I cannot make all of their problems magically disappear. Therapy is a process and it takes time, hard work and investment to experience change and healing. 

The ones who experience the best results come ready to dive in and figure out what's been keeping them stuck. They show up to every appointment and they work hard. These clients are committed to their own growth process and are ready to give up old habits that are not serving them well. They know it's time to do something different and they are ready to make changes. 

I will be with you throughout the entire journey, and I am committed to holding a space for you as we process and problem-solve your unique challenges.

Praus Guidance & Healing _ Samantha Prau

Okay, and a Bit About Me

Samantha Praus, MSE, LPCC

Yes, I have a fancy degree from an accredited college. I even went through several painstaking years of supervision and work experience to gain my professional title - you can read about my credentials and experience below. What is most important for you to know is that I will support and encourage you in a way that works best for your growth and healing process. 

In my free time, I enjoy walks around the lakes with my elderly dog, reading a great belly-laugh book, a strong cup of coffee, exploring the wonders of the world, knitting scarfs, artsy projects, and many delicious bars of chocolate and pints of ice cream. ​

Regardless of who you are, where you are from, or where you happen to be on your journey, you are welcome here.


Minnesota Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #1071


Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling


  • Therapeutic interventions for teenagers with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances in day treatment and residential settings

  • Group therapy for adolescents to promote skills in communication, coping, relaxation, relationships, and self-esteem

  • In-home therapeutic interventions for children with Autism and their parents

  • Outpatient therapy for children, teens, adults and families with social, behavioral and emotional difficulties

  • Therapeutic skills and coaching for parents of children with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Oppositional Defiance, Learning Disorders, Emotional Disturbances (anxiety, sadness, mood swings), Behavioral Disturbances (anger, aggression, tantrums, refusal) and Vegetative Symptoms (sleep and eating difficulties)

  • Therapy for young adults, college students and professionals to help address concerns related to stress, anxiety, burnout, procrastination and perfectionism. 

Evidence-Based Specialities

I am an integrative and holistic therapist. Depending on the concerns I am treating, I may incorporate several evidence-based treatment models into the therapeutic process. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to healing, so the models I pull from are dependent upon your unique needs and healing process. Here are the most common approaches I use:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Psychoeducation 

  • Holistic Therapy

As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I have received specialized training in treating every person as a whole, and I help clients heal by taking the entire human being and their life experiences into consideration for assessment and treatment purposes. The goal is to help you strike a balance in taking care of your mind, body and spirit. 

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety, worry, and stress reduction

  • Self-esteem, self-acceptance and confidence

  • Communication, boundaries and self-expression

  • Relationships and social connections

  • Self-care and life balance

Areas of Focus | Praus Guidance & Healing
Teens | Anxiety Therapy | Online Therapy
Online Therapy | Telehealth | Minnesota

Services Offered

Individual Therapy Sessions

I provide 50-minute individual therapy sessions for tweens, teens and adults ages 11 and up. 

I primarily provide individual therapy, however, I can provide family therapy for minors depending on the needs of the client and family. 

Teen Therapy

For teens who are anxious, moody, outcasted, self-doubting, lonely, procrastinators or perfectionists. 

Young Adult Therapy

For young adults who ride the rollercoaster of emotions and go through vicious cycles of anxiety, worry, shame and self-doubt. 

Therapy for Professionals

For professionals who feel immense pressure to succeed and shame for struggling.

Therapy for Anxiety

For overwhelmed and anxious overthinkers with terrible stress keeping them up at night. 

Online Therapy

I offer online therapy services. You can conveniently meet with me without leaving the comfort of your home. My services are offered STATEWIDE, so anyone in Minnesota can have access to therapy. 

Walk and Talk Therapy

During the warmer months meet me outdoors for a walk at Lake of the Isles. This is a fantastic option if you like the idea of experiencing fresh air and movement during your therapy session.

Lake of the Isles in located in Southwest Minneapolis. 


I do not accept insurance, but I can provide documentation for out-of-network benefits. 


15-minute phone consultation: Free

50-minute initial intake: $185

50-minute follow-up: $135


Intake paperwork and consent forms are completed electronically. Please complete these forms 48 hours prior to your initial session. 

 If you’re interested in learning more, get in touch. I’d love to help you get started!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I'm happy to help!

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