Derek Otte, MSW, LICSW

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Every person deserves to be seen and heard. Regardless of who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, there is an innate goodness to you and a valid reason for the perspective you have and the emotions you feel. Therapy can help you explore these things and be a place of true discovery and meaningful change. I am here to help you in that process by providing supportive listening, non- judgmental observations, and skills coaching. I can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself through increasing awareness of emotions and patterns of behavior, discover useful ways to cope with difficult and painful emotions, and build and maintain healthy relationships. I enjoy working with teens and adults to discover their unique strengths, build resilience, and live more purposeful and healthy lives.




Parents of Adolescents

Adolescents and Adults with developmental disabilities or borderline intellectual functioning


Anxiety & Depression

Self Harm & Suicidal thoughts/behaviors

DBT Skills

Relationship Issues

Identity and Meaning

Spirituality and Religion


M.A. – in Social Work from St. Catherine’s University of MN & University of St. Thomas

B.A. – University of Iowa

clinical experience

Mental Health Systems

Crisis Connection

In network with

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

  • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MHCP – MA
  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicare
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners-Commercial
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Hennepin Health

Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.


Understanding research and the root cause of common psychological issues is a great first step to creating a healthier you!

What is Trauma and How Can Therapy Help? Trauma Handout