Vessela Kouneva, MS, LMFT

About Me

Hello! I know it is difficult to open up to a stranger. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am originally from Bulgaria. Coming from a different country, I know personally the challenges of being different. I bring this knowledge into therapy with me. Outside of my practice, I enjoy dancing International Folk dances and Argentine Tango. I consider dance my mindfulness practice.


I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. I came to the United States to pursue my dream of becoming a marriage and family therapist. I was able to follow that dream by attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout and receiving a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist for 15 years and I am happy to report I continue following my dream!

Clinical Experience

My clinical experience involves working with individuals, couples, and families,  struggling with: Anxiety, Binge Eating and Emotional Eating, Depression, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Parenting Challenges, Lack of Emotional Connection, Sexual Concerns, Infidelity, and Divorce. 

Therapy Approaches

In my work with individuals I focus on healing trauma and attachment wounds, and use EMDR. I am also trained in and use Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which utilizes mindfulness and body awareness. In my couple’s work I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which is an experiential approach that is effective with 90% of the couples in reducing their distress.

Insurance and Fees

I am in-network for Medica, UHC, Preferred One, Healthpartners, BCBS, and UCare. I also offer a sliding fee scale for clients who pay out of pocket.


Here are the forms that I'd like you to download, fill in, and bring to your first session:

Intake Questionnaire

Client Consent Form - Adult

Vessela Kouneva, MS, LMFT

Contact Me: Please contact me for information about rates, insurance, scheduling, and any other questions at: or 651-447-8765.