Meet John Hinks, MA
Seeking therapy is an act of courage, and I am glad you are taking this first step. Too often in life, feelings of emptiness, meaninglessness, and isolation wear us down, and can leave us feeling hopeless. You may worry about the future, or an important life decision. Perhaps you grieve a past mistake or loss. Maybe you feel there is no purpose in moving forward. Wherever your starting point may be, seeking help and support in the form of a genuine human connection, or fellow traveler, is something that takes courage. If you choose to take that journey with me, know that I will not take that decision lightly, and will deeply value getting to walk that path with you.
I think of the therapy office as a place to talk about the difficult things we feel no one else may understand. A place to unload some of our burdens. These can be thoughts and feelings that are scary, vulnerable, and overwhelming - and leave us feeling stuck or lost. Growth occurs when we talk out loud with someone we trust, and start to make sense of our conflicting values, emotions, and desires.
My goal is to provide you a warm and welcoming space to explore whatever it is that brings you in, free of judgment. I have been described as relaxed, understanding, and easy to talk to. I strive for cultural humility in my work, holding the utmost respect for your unique identity and experiences. My therapy office is LGBTQ+ affirming, and continuing to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, are some of my highest values.
I work largely from a person-centered approach, but also enjoy working from an existential perspective. This means that while we are unpacking the specifics of your situation, we may also choose to explore how it relates to the “bigger picture” aspects of human existence. This can include discussing how we create meaning in our lives, considering our own mortality, and taking “authorship” of our life’s story. I also aim to help you practice concrete skills for wellness and learn how to become more attuned to the moment to help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Currently I am working toward my LPCC licensure under the supervision of Joan Hause, MA, LPCC at Indigo Counseling Center. I am in-network with the following insurance providers: Aetna, Allied, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Partners, Hennepin Health, Medical Assistance (MA), Meritain, Preferred One, and UCare. I also accept private pay.
Outside of the counseling room, I enjoy spending time at the lake with my wife and daughter. I’m passionate about music, and all things guitar related. Additional free time might be spent reading a history book or doing creative writing at a local coffee shop. Thank you for taking some time to get to know me, and kudos for your act of courage!
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