“Colleen is easily able to identify what the underlying issues are in a situation. Colleen has the unique ability of looking at things from various perspectives. She’s not afraid to address tough issues in a respectful, non-threatening manner ” – C.W.
Hi! I’m Colleen Steppa, Founder and Owner of Amity Counseling & Consultation. I’m a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Minnesota with a bachelor’s in French and Human Services degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris, a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from Augsburg College. I have over a decade of experience in nonprofits, including work with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI), parents on public benefits, and children in affordable housing. I have a passion for systems change and public policy, and served as the former Board Secretary and Chair of the Marketing and Development Committee for the Association of Macro Practice Social Workers (AMPSW). I am currently accepting new clients via telehealth due to COVID-19, but plan to return to in-person sessions when it is safe to do so per state board and CDC recommendations. My therapy specialties are working with adult individuals on relationships, positive self-image, recovery from abuse and domestic violence, and managing stress, anxiety, and depression. I use a variety of methods including CBT, DBT, sand tray, narrative, and solution-focused approaches.
Amity Counseling & Consultation is a certified Small, Women Business Enterprise that was formed out of a desire to mentor and facilitate stronger networks with other social work professionals and to provide judgement-free therapy for people looking to improve their mental health. I enjoy the experience of passing forward the mentoring and guidance I received in my supervision to the individuals I supervise, and helping facilitate growth and healing in therapy. The process of drawing out someone’s unique skills and seeing their ambitions realized through these relationships is so valuable to me. I also believe strongly in the importance of social justice, both in my client work and how I view supervision. To create greater access to therapy and remove systemic barriers, Amity is a sliding-fee, cash-based therapy service that does not use insurance.
My current fees are on an income-based sliding fee with a range between $90 – $250 per session. I also reserve a number of slots for low-income individuals with sliding fees of $30-$60. These slots are first-come, first-serve and I will place clients on a waitlist if there are no available lower-fee slots.