Mental Health Services

Northstar Behavioral Health offers mental health services that provide ongoing, well-rounded support to our clients. We focus on finding structure and accountability in order to interrupt addictive behaviors and create healthy and balanced patterns of living.

Our personalized services help ensure long-term success and move our clients toward the life they want.


Individual Counseling

We focus on providing services to those struggling with opioid use, addressing: mental health symptoms, anxiety, sadness, grief and loss, stress, life transitions and more.

Our health providers complete a comprehensive assessment and develop a personalized treatment plan. We provide a space for every individual to explore and gain insight into their unique combination of life stressors and circumstances, and we design a plan to improve critical coping skills.  

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Group Counseling

We offer group counseling that incorporates mental health and substance use. These sessions offer a safe and comfortable environment for individuals to address problems and emotional concerns. The small group setting enables enhanced insight into individual's thoughts and behaviors through suggestions and support from others.

Individuals can benefit from the social interactions that are part of the group counseling experience. Differing ages, backgrounds and ex­periences help to provide additional insight and perspectives.


Family Counseling

We offer counseling for the whole family, designed to improve troubled relationships with your partners, children, or other family members. A client's individual treatment plan will determine the level of participation by family members. Participation is highly encouraged.

We provide education around the impact that substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders has on a family, including financial, logistical, and emotional concerns. 


Pre-marital Counseling

Preparing for a lifetime with your significant other can help ensure that you will enjoy a strong and healthy relationship. Our premarital counseling allows partners to explore and discuss communication, finances, values, family planning, traditions, and much more. Our pre-prepared and enriched inventory–is used to enhance the counseling experience,–resulting in a higher chance for a stable and satisfied marriage.

Mental Health Providers


Thao-Ha Phan, MA, LMFT, LADC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Specialty Training:
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 and 2
Mediation Training
Prepare/Enrich Facilitator Training



Thao-Ha Phan 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 injecting humor to overcome challenges with relationships, substance use, or other struggles.

She has experience providing services in environments including client’s homes, school settings, withdrawal management, and residential and clinic substance use treatment centers. She aids in reducing substance use while assisting the client towards abstinence. She provides a culturally sensitive perspective and understands the impact that traditions, heritage, and behaviors have on people and their family members.

She has experience providing counseling to adults and children experiencing anxiety/worries, depression/mood, trauma/PTSD, addiction/substance use, life transitions/stressors, relationship concerns. She continues to further her professional trainings in trauma care.

Vanessa Sovine LMFT, PhD

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Graduate of International Psychology Doctoral Program

Specialty Training:
Motivational Interviewing
Client Centered Therapy
Personality Disorders
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Vanessa Sovine spent the last twenty years of her career supporting individuals, couples, and families. Vanessa implements a combination of realism, empathy and unyielding encouragement into her daily work. While doing so, she uses creativity and humor to connect with clients to offer a centered approach that focuses on the complexities of each person’s life and circumstance.  

Vanessa’s diverse experience as a therapist is vast. She has provided services in environments including client’s homes, eating disorder clinics (inpatient and outpatient), clinics and hospitals. She also has experience creating programs in foreign countries while serving in the United States Peace Corps.


Contact Us

Phone: 651-376-3942

Fax: 651-488-0887

Address: 35 W. Water Street, St. Paul, MN 55107

Please call to schedule an appointment.