Ann M. Dillard, MA, LMFT
President, KIP Consulting Services
Raising teenagers in today's society is hard. Sometimes you don't even recognize your own child. Parents second-guess themselves and wonder if they are doing the right things. You want to shelter your teenagers, but that's not possible. They face multiple challenges at school but refuse to talk with you about them. When you ask how school was, the extent of their response is, "Fine." I get it! And that's why I do what I do.
As a mental health therapist, I aim to bring hope to teens and those who love them, as I believe that hope is often in short supply in today's society. I have drawn on my own experiences and formal education to develop a deep understanding of the challenges that people face, and I am committed to using my therapeutic skills to help my clients unlock their own inner strength and potential. I believe that everyone has the capacity to live healthy, successful lives, and it is my privilege to work with individuals and families as they navigate their journey toward healing and growth.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota, I have spent over 20 years working in educational settings, including four years as a school-based mental health therapist. My husband and I have raised three successful adult children. I have also completed training in a number of specialized areas, including:
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Somatic Experiences (SE)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Narrative Exposure Therapy
Certified in Foster Care and Adoption Competency
Certified Daring Way Facilitator
Certified Brainspotting Therapist
I am a member in good standing with several professional associations, including Black Therapist Rock, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the National Black Child Development Institute. My extensive experience and training have prepared me to be a compassionate and effective therapist, working to support the mental health and well-being of my clients.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME
I am a kind and compassionate individual who is deeply committed to serving others and helping them to live their best lives. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to West Africa to serve on the mission field, as well as engaging in hobbies such as photography, sewing, and reading. I am also a lifelong learner, and I enjoy staying up to date on new developments in my field. I am currently a doctoral candidate writing my dissertation: Brainspotting as a methodology for improving attachment in the Caribbean-American mother-daughter relationship. Above all, however, my greatest joy is spending time with my three grandchildren, who bring so much joy and happiness into my life.