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I have served individuals in outpatient mental health, chemical dependency and correctional settings since 2010 during my internship years for my Master’s program at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR. I worked in a variety of settings in Oregon including Washington County Community Correctional Center, a free walk-in clinic, as a counselor working with participants of Washington County Drug Court and in an outpatient substance abuse clinic. My experiences in Bemidji area have included working with Leech Lake Behavioral Health and contracting to facilitate and manage the Steps to Freedom program, before opening my private practice. 

My work is largely directed toward dual diagnosis mental health services focusing on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.  Although my approach is very integrative, it has strong foundations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, Client-Centered and Motivational Interviewing and Gestalt interventions. At times my work with individuals may focus the process and contextual factors, while other times may be very solution-focused to improve gainful employment and improve overall functioning and coping skills. 

I also have a strong focus and background experience in depressive and anxiety disorders. I work with individuals from adolescence to older adulthood. I have experience working with transitions related to adjusting to new family roles, employment, care-giving roles, end of life adjustments, acculturation and immigration, along with other life adjustments. My experiences have provided me with training in effectively treating specifically OCD hoarding and agoraphobia. I enjoy working with people to help them get ‘unstuck’ from both pervasive feelings of being ‘down’, to a recent episode of life changes that have seemed to have taken some uneasy and devastating turns. I want to help you find hope.

A day in my office is never a day without humor; that is just how I roll, and a great skill that I feel is important as you better learn to buffer the bumps and turns. 

I work hard to practice what I teach; I am a member of a family. I take pride being a wife, a mother of two children and an adventurer. You will find me hitting the roads with the family for the weekend. I can be found rowing or paddling across a lake, fishing, playing an instrument, painting, building furniture or perfecting the art of awesome ‘camp coffee’, teaching my children valuable lessons of the world and nerding out on science materials.

I speak minimal amounts of Spanish; I speak at a minimum to moderate level of Afrikaans. Ons kan praat in Afrikaans 'n bietjie, maar my praat is nie op professionele vlak.

Certifications and Licenses

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

LPCC #cc01739

LADC #304598


HEATHER FRACH, MS, LPCC, LADC (Independent Contractor)

Certifications and Licenses

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

LPCC #cc01458

LADC #301828

Contact Information: heather@greatnorthcounseling.com

Direct Number: 218-368-3204