About Us

 

Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC, E-RYT

Owner/Lead Therapist

My Training and Approach to Therapy

I received my MA in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2011, and then a post-MA certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Thomas in 2013. I have also been a certified yoga instructor since 2010. I am an AAMFT approved supervisor-candidate under the mentorship of Ginny D'Dangelo, MS, LMFT, LICSW.

My work/training experience is diverse, including working in treatment facilities, doing drug/alcohol interventions, and working in a private practice setting. I have experience working with individuals, families, and couples, and spent significant time training in work with chemical dependency issues, adolescents, and the African American community.

In my practice, I strive to get to know your authentic story. I welcome individuals, couples and adult families, and am especially committed to serving the geek community, and anyone who considers themselves outside of the mainstream. My style is casual and relaxed, yet challenging. I believe that the bond between therapist and client is more important than any theoretical/philosophical stance. That said, I take a mainly narrative approach to therapy.

We will use the power of language and narrative to explore your unique story. Some ways we do this are through use of pop culture narratives (modern mythologies) that resonate with you, as well as externalizing/personifying the "problem" - ie: if your anxiety was a person, how would you describe them?

Stories help us make sense of the world. Sometimes, we become trapped in old stories which leaves us feeling stuck. I believe that for lasting progress to be achieved, and maintained, we must rewrite those narratives that no longer serve us. I believe in a holistic approach to healing: mind, body, and fandom.


My fandoms are innumerable, but some of my all-time favorites are: Twin Peaks, LOST, Supernatural, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Marie Houser 

Graduate Intern

My Training and Approach to Therapy

I am a master’s student in marriage and family therapy at St. Mary’s University, graduating in summer 2018. My approach and interests are informed by my background in writing, editing, and studies in English literature (M.A., English with a creative writing emphasis). In his celebrated “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote:

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

We are neither all good nor all bad, neither all sorrowful nor all joyous, but sometimes the meanings we create—non-consciously and automatically—consign ourselves and others to narratives that defeat our own aims and goals. My approach is to help clients tease out those meanings and strengthen those that assist while re-creating those that don’t. I also bring the body into the space using mindfulness.

I am particularly interested in working with couples, those who identify as LGBTQIA, and those who see themselves as geeks, outsiders, and creatives. I have special interest in sex therapy and will be seeking AASECT certification.

My forever fandoms are Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The IT Crowd, Get Out, and Shaun of the Dead, as well as favorites from 19th-21st century American fiction and poetry.

 

Larisa Garski, MA, LMFT

*I am no longer practicing at Blue Box Counseling. I continue to be involved in our community outreach and our blog* 

My Training and Approach to Therapy

I received my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of St. Thomas in 2014. My work/training experience is diverse, encompassing work with multicultural families, couples, and children in intensive day-treatment, out-patient, and in-home settings.  I have particularl expertise in the following areas: committed partnerships, marriage/pre-marital work, co-parenting partnerships, and families struggling with a chronic medical diagnosis for 1 or more of their children. I treasure my work with the Geek and LGBTQ communities. I regularly invite play and minfulness techniques into the therapeutic space. 

My forever fandoms include Star Trek: Next Generation, Uncanny X-Men, Battlestar Galactica: The Reimangined Series, and, last but never least, Buffy the Vampire Slayer