T. Rob Winkler, MA, LP, RPT-S

"The most therapeutic conversation you will have in my office will not be with me, but with yourself!"
Hi, I'm Rob Winkler!

I enjoy the opportunity to help clients find what they need through a creative experience in addition to conventional talk therapy. I embrace activity-based therapeutic approaches which facilitate communication or insight otherwise unable to be heard and recognized through normal dialogue. Activities provide opportunities for the mind, body, and soul to gain an understanding and thereby foster a personal growth experience!

I have a natural way of narrating activity & play which extends my presence and allows me to bring awareness to what I call "living cognitions." Often, before we are able to understand something, we must experience it. This experience becomes a living cognition that is consolidated into an understanding and used as a tool in other situations. This is especially true for children & adolescents. A living cognition remains an experience until we are made aware of it and understand how to generalize it to other situations. Metaphor is used to make the living cognition a working tool which can be applied to other situations to guide behavior, problem-solving, and mental understanding. To summarize, I am a guide into activities which can offer positive & helpful living cognitions and promote a personal growth experience!

Therapeutic strengths include: facilitating awareness, crafting creative activities for metaphor, using metaphor to bridge experience for greater understanding, honoring autonomy, reframing viewpoints into more positive perspectives, and using humor.

The academic: I have a Master's in counseling psychology & I am credentialed as a registered play therapist. I continue to educate myself on expressive art therapies as they fit my approach, theory, and passion. I further focus my continued education in the areas listed below. 

Technical jargon: I work from a foundation built on Gestalt & Client-Centered principles. This foundation is intentionally built and strengthened in every session to include: unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence. On top of this foundation, I become more directive through these theories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. 

Areas of special focus: ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, the parent-child relationship, and trauma. 

Approach: I am proud to employ a unique therapeutic team approach with an apprentice intern working by my side to offer more comprehensive therapy than I could offer by myself. In the initial meeting, my intern will be taking notes so I can engage more fully with the client and family. During all of my therapy sessions with clients, the intern will be observing the session through an observation window. After each session, the intern and I will explore and evaluate my therapeutic effectiveness and identify opportunities for the next session. The family will be encouraged to allow the intern to visit their home once a week for an in-home family session to expand & strengthen the work done in the office. This approach offers more observation, intervention, and evaluation of the therapy process, making it a more comprehensive model for client care than an individual therapist could provide. All details and arrangements for utilizing interns will be discussed and agreed upon with clients.

Rob's Interns

Portia Moore

Hi! My name is Portia Moore, and I’m one of Playmore & Prosper’s interns! I’m excited to complete my internship with Playmore & Prosper and for the opportunity to combine my passions for working with kids and play.

 

My interest in the field of psychology was initially sparked after taking a general psychology course in high school. After taking a Developmental Psychology course at the beginning of college, my love for the field deepened and I confidently declared that the field of Psychology was where I belonged. After I obtained my BA in psychology from St. Catherine University, I decided to pursue a Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University – which is where I am right now.

 

I believe that allowing children a safe space to communicate in their own language is one of the greatest things that I can offer. Play is therapeutic and growth-yielding in that it encourages opportunities for creativity to blossom. Play also fosters development and hands-on practice with skill building. To put it simply, children learn through play!

 

My therapeutic approach focuses on client-centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In other words, I’m a firm believer in unconditional positive regard, congruence, and empathy; I also think that thoughts and emotions are linked. I like to think of it in this way: when children think happy thoughts, they feel happy and act on that happiness. What better way to bring about happiness than to play?

Claire Lowe

Hi, my name is Claire Lowe and I'm one of the interns at Playmore & Prosper!

 

I have been passionate about the field of psychology for as long as I can remember. With a grandfather as a psychiatrist, I have grown up immersed in the field of mental health. This passion led me to complete a B.A. in psychology and visual arts from Grinnell College. During my summers, I worked at Fraser conducting home visits for children with autism and interned in the preschool day treatment classroom at Washburn Center for Children.

 

After completing my degree, I went on to work in research. For five years, I worked at Child Trends, a non-profit research organization where I conducted research on early childhood development and education systems to inform public policy. In my free time, I volunteered with Free Arts Minnesota. Through this organization, I developed and implemented weekly-art based curricula for a diverse group of at-risk children. I utilized process art to help the children learn not only about different forms of art but also about how to express themselves and explore their feelings in a safe environment. While I loved working in research, I quickly realized that this direct work with children and their families was my true passion. I decided to go back to school to pursue a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas- where I am today.

I'm excited to complete my internship at Playmore & Prosper, where I'll have the opportunity to work with children and their families to help them grow and thrive!

Rob's Services & Fees

Services:

I offer individual and family therapy. I am a registered play therapist and utilize creative activities inside sessions. I am passionate about the therapeutic power of activity. My areas of specialty are listed above.​

Fees:

I am a fee-for-service provider, which means I do not accept insurance. You may be reimbursed by your insurance company for my services if you choose to request "out-of-network" reimbursement. Please verify the specific requirements for reimbursement with your insurance provider, and I will be happy to provide you with the appropriate receipt, billing codes, and diagnosis needed (insurance will not reimburse if there is no diagnosis).

Payment is due at the time of service, and I accept cash, check, or credit card payments, including Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.

My hourly rate is $150/hr - there is no fee for my apprentice intern's 2 hr. home session. Many insurance programs compensate 50% for out-of-network payments; therefore, with 3 therapy hours, your hourly rate out of pocket could be $25 per hour.

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