Life Essentials Psychology

October 5th, 2020

All services continue to be available via telehealth. In-person services are starting to be available at the Andover location depending on the situation and appropriateness. We continue to recommend telehealth services over in-person to decrease the risk of COVID-19.




The beginning...

Life Essentials Psychology began as a conversation between therapists about providing trauma focused therapy. The conversation got serious over a matter of months as they decided to pursue their vision. They wanted to create a place where there are multiple perspectives of trauma focused theories, support networks, and a place for growth.

The hope they have for Life Essentials Psychology is to provide a safe place to address concerns that arise from life transitions to traumatic experiences. Life Essentials Psychology is dedicated to helping people change the way these experiences impact their lives.

Services are provided in-person at our agency site in Andover depending on the provider. Services are available via telehealth depending on the situation and appropriateness. Contact us further for more information on the services that are provided.

Individuals, Couples, and Family Counseling

Each of us go through times of anxiety, sadness, grief and loss, stress, and life transitions. It is beneficial to meet with a therapist to address the concern further.

Chemical Health or Substance Use Disorder Assessment / Rule 25 Assessment

Some reasons for a chemical health assessment are concern about own use, upon a request from a concerned loved one, and to complete a legal requirement. We provide this service and coordinate care.

NADA Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture helpful to reduce urges to self-medicate, abstain from mood-altering prescription, illicit drugs, and alcohol, and to promote balance and calm.


Thao-Ha Phan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has a passion for supporting individuals, couples, and families by helping them strengthen their connection with one another and themselves. She looks forward to amplifying client’s strengths and interjecting humor to overcome challenges be it relationships, substance use, or other struggles life hands us.

Thao-Ha has experience providing services in a variety of environments including client’s homes, school settings, and clinic substance use treatment centers. She has awareness of physical health impacts with emotions and behaviors. She comes from the view of harm reduction in substance use while assisting the client towards abstinence. She provides a culturally sensitive perspective as she has experienced first hand, and through clients the impact of traditions, heritage, and behaviors have on people and their family members. She looks forward to further her professional trainings in trauma care and strategies to assist clients on their journey.


Nate Hurse is a License Independent Clinical social worker. He comes with a wealth of expertise in the areas of clinical and program development, substance use disorders, successful treatment of co-occurring disorders, recovery coaching, as well as specializing in culture-centered counseling. He is also a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in multiple states and has achieved a certification earning him the distinction of advanced alcohol and drug counselor. Nate is also a qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and a National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) registered trainer. Nate is also currently the vice president on the board of NADA.

His career spans over 30 years, having worked in Connecticut, Indiana and spending the last 20 years in Minneapolis at various chemical health treatment centers where he specialized in culturally diverse populations. Nate is also a consultant with the Minnesota DHS Alcohol Drug Abuse Division as a peer reviewer. Nate is also in long term Recovery, is a strong advocate, and Peer Recovery/Recovery Coaching.


Kurt is pursuing his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He has experience working in clinics, public schools, and in-home settings. He specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families. He notices that people experience difficulties within their lives that they want to overcome. He looks forward to supporting clients through these difficult times.

Many times he has found emotions can get in the way of making decisions. He views insight as a foundation to obtaining answers to the unique circumstances that are present. He utilizes a nonjudgmental approach to challenge and encourage his clients to address concerns in a new way to get out of old patterns.

Life Essentials Psychology LLC

Phone: (763) 317-8255

Fax: (888) 972-1656


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Andover Location: 13750 Crosstown Drive Northwest, Building II Suite 206, Andover, MN 55304