Minnesota Couples Counseling Practice Hires Intern
Evolve therapy (www.evolvetherapymn.com), located in Plymouth, MN, announced the hiring of intern Makai Dorfman. Dorfman, whose official title is Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, has expressed interest in couples counseling and emotion-focused therapy.
Dorfman is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree expected in the spring of 2023. Dorfman has completed the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, through Sounds True Institute and University of California at Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
Prior to pursuing a career in counseling, Dorfman worked as an educator with children and families in various settings for the past 15 years. Additionally, Dorfman currently holds a master’s degree in Jewish education from Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from MN-Twin Cities University.
Currently, Dorfman’s clinical interests include marriage/relationship stress and issues, pre-martial counseling, co-dependency, interracial/cross-cultural challenges, mixed race/multicultural identity, family therapy, counseling for adolescents, relationship trauma and attachment issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+, grief and loss, shame and belonging, nervous system regulation, as well as spirituality and religion.
Dorfman notes that his life experiences contributed to his interest in counseling, particularly multi-ethnic counseling. Dorfman says, “I come from a multicultural and ethnic background and identify as a Mexican-American male of Middle Eastern and Eastern European Jewish ancestry. Although it has not always been an easy task to situate myself socially, as it changes geographically, I deeply appreciate my multicultural heritage and constantly look at both my privilege and my difference in every context in which I find myself. I aspire to be an ally for BIPOC individuals, especially those navigating race relationships, race-related trauma, and other struggles that come from living in a white-dominated culture and society.
Dorfman comments, “As we work together, it’s important that we move at a pace that you set. I recognize that it is not always easy to share from a place of vulnerability, especially when there has been a history of trauma. Please know that I intend to take things slowly and ask permission when exploring particularly sensitive topics. You can trust that you will be held in a space without judgment and in which your whole self and your partnership – with any fear or uncertainty – are welcome.
Outside of the office, Dorfman loves the outdoors, whether it’s walking in the forest, biking or gardening. Also, music has been a part of my life since a young age and I am fulfilled when I play guitar and sing with friends or dance at live shows. Personal growth and healing have always been an important Dorfman value. He notes, “I have sought to live and serve the world with deep care and intent. I have attended several Vipassana and mindfulness meditation retreats over the past 12 years and have engaged in a variety of other spiritual practices and techniques including chanting, yoga, dancing, journaling, etc.
Dorfman is the 3rd hire this year in 2022. According to Renee Segal, owner of Evolve Therapy, “It’s great to be able to help people find deeper meaning in their relationships.”
Evolve Therapy helps couples identify and recognize underlying emotions that impact the relationship and is especially beneficial for people who repeatedly argue about chores, responsibilities, money, jealousy, infidelity, sex or parenting issues.
For those interested in learning more about Makai or the counseling services provided by Evolve Therapy, visit their website or connect with them on Instagram.
For more information about Evolve Therapy, contact the company here:
9800 Shelard Drive, Suite 115
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441