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Lyn-Lake Providers

Our psychotherapists bring a range of expertise to our strengths-based, relational, approach. With training and experience that spans addiction, art therapy, eating disorders, gender identity, mood disorders, sex therapy, EMDR, somatic-based psychology and beyond, each LLPW psychotherapist contributes a unique perspective to our varied therapy methods. It's that range of experience that helps our clients benefit from treatment that's as unique as they are.

Rick Laska

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker & Certified Sex Therapist

I hope to help you find sexual health and mental health, however you define them!

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Certified Sex Therapist(CST) who focuses on issues related to human sexuality, including, but not limited to: sexual functioning, sexual trauma, sexual identity, sexual behaviors, arousal concerns, desire discrepancy in relationships, issues with orgasm, and issues with sexual pain. I received my Master of Social Work in Clinical Social Work from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas in 2014. I have been working in human services for over 9 years and in the field of human sexuality for 17 years. I am a Kink Aware Provider and a risk-reduction provider, meaning I work with people to reduce risk in their lives –abstaining from behaviors or substances is not mandatory in your work with me.

I work primarily from a relational focus, meaning our relationship is the primary healing tool in our work together with all its potential ups and downs, hopefully while we maintain a sense of humor! Emotions can be messy and our time together is for us to sort through the confusing messages feelings often leave us with.

I came to Lyn-Lake Psychotherapy and Wellness, Ltd. in 2015. I found the environment to be supportive of the diverse approaches therapists use in their work. The potential of the team here was enchanting and we have grown reflecting the respect we show one another. I am excited to offer specialized knowledge in human sexuality and to share that knowledge with the other practitioners at LLPW so our team is able to offer welcoming services too.

Primarily drawing from psychodynamic theory, I use multiple approaches to meet the diverse goals people bring to therapy. I have been trained in and regularly use: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Tantra, Imago Therapy, Attachment Theory, Brain Spotting, and some alternative therapies. I’m also a life-long learner in hopes of staying current on the cutting-edge research of therapy in attempt to make sure my clients are getting the best services they can receive.

My professional areas of interest include sexual trauma, LGBTQIAA2S clients, mindfulness and tantric sex, chemical health/sexual health issues, and non-mainstream sexualities such as non-monogamy/polyamory/kink/BDSM. Regardless of what you are struggling with, my hope is to honor your humanity, see you for who you are (not just your struggles), and help you discover your own definition of sexual and mental health.

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It's our range of experience that helps our clients benefit from treatment that's as unique as they are.

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Understanding our relational  approach can give you a sense of how psychotherapy can help. Unlike counseling and other types of therapy, it takes a perspective that’s both deeper and broader. By focusing on emotions, it seeks to discover hidden pieces of who you are and then to understand how those pieces fit together.