Nathan J Ness, MA - Accepting New Clients


Clinical experience providing counseling to adults and couples using: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Existential Therapy.

Offers Video and Phone Sessions

My Story

After earning my BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), I worked in public policy advocacy and organizing for over ten years. This work contributed to a deeper understanding and appreciation of human motivation, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In recent years, I returned to my passion for mental health, earning a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services. Since entering this field, it has been an honor to join and support clients seeking greater wellbeing. I hope that my education, life experience, and genuine caring will benefit current and future clients.

Professional Experience

I enjoy working with adult individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, career challenges, and questions of meaning and purpose.  I also offer treatment to couples seeking pre-marital counseling or those seeking to address communication difficulties, unhealthy conflict, emotional disengagement, issues around intimacy, and other challenges.

I have provided mental health services in various settings:  larger non-profit organizations, traditional therapy clinics, in-patient facilities, and in clients’ homes.  I have seen clients with mild, moderate, and severe symptoms and with folks from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.  Having spent about twenty years in northern Minnesota and another twenty in the Twin Cities metro, I offer lived perspectives on rural areas, small towns, and the bigger city dynamics. I have gained insight into ways environmental and regional factors can impact mental health.

While my foundations are built on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), I take an eclectic, integrative approach, drawing from other therapeutic modalities, depending on the specific client and circumstance.  Regardless of my therapy approach leanings, in our sessions, your individuality and complexity will be respected. You are the expert on your life and experiences.  The approaches we take in therapy will be tailored to you, as an individual.  Together we will strive to build a strong collaborative, therapeutic alliance. As your therapist, I offer genuine care, curiosity, and belief in clients’ ability to bring about desired changes.

Special Offerings:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Learn More
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Narrative Therapy



Alumni: University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Clinician Specialties

Counseling for Anxiety

Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective? If this sounds like you, Mindfully Healing can help. Our practice offers the most effective forms of treatment, to get relief from the anxiety that you deserve. When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the problem.

Therapy for Depression

Are you feeling hopeless, isolated and not your usual self? You might be feeling depressed or deep despair.

Online Counseling

Mindfully Healing clinicians are now offering video telehealth therapy services to both new and established clients.

"Mindfully Healing embraces a personal growth based model unlike a problem or deficiency based model of traditional mental health... Our clients experience this during their first session."

Services and Pricing

Health Insurance

In-Network With: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Preferred One, Health Partners, PrimeWest, UCare, Medica, United Healthcare, Optum, Medical Assistance

Copays or payment towards your insurance deductible is due at the beginning of each session. HSA and flexible spending payments are also accepted. **Please consult with your insurance provider if you are unsure of your copay or plan deductible.

Private Pay

Individual Rate: $150 per session

Family Rate: $200 per session

Why Private Pay is Beneficial for Some Clients?
  • Insurance does not cover relational difficulties such as couples and family therapy, they require a DSM-V diagnosis for one of the members. As a fee-for-service provider, I do not have to give you a mental health diagnosis.
  • Mental health diagnoses can follow you and be documented on health records and can result in affecting life insurance applications, health insurance applications and other benefits or services.
  • Together, we can determine how many times we meet instead of the insurance company making that decision.
  • Since a treatment plan, notes and billing information are not being released to an insurance company, a greater amount of confidentiality is in place for you.

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Minnetonka, MN 55343
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