St. Mary's University
Certificate (2008) in Marriage and Family Therapy
University of St. Thomas
MA (2004) in Counseling Psychology
BA (2001) in Spanish, Theology, and Justice & Peace Studies
MA internship at The Sexual Violence Center, a rape crisis center supporting victims of sexual assault
MFT practicum at Northwest Youth and Family Services, a non-profit social service and mental health agency
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist at The Emily Program, a multi-disciplinary eating disorders clinic headquartered in St. Paul
Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Treatment Coordinator through Volunteers of America at Children's Residential Treatment Center, an intensive residential treatment facility in Minneapolis for children and adolescents
Mental Health Practitioner/Professional at Ramsey County-Children and Family Services Division in St. Paul
Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available and we accept most insurance.
The Chemistry of Joy by M.D. Henry Emmons and Rachel Kranz
Resources Max often recommends to clients:
Max Abeln, MA, LMFT
Minnesota License #2339
Conquering Shame and Codependency by Darlene Lancer
It is Max's belief that life includes suffering and that there are two influential ways that we create more suffering for ourselves. The first is isolation that results from not practicing vulnerability and connection in our relationships and the second is struggling with a lack of acceptance of our realities.
Max is here to help by offering support and validation as well as reliable psychological techniques to help you through whatever current struggles you are encountering.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Max has experience working with couples, families, and individual adults and adolescents. Max practices from an emotion focused, skills-based approach and views individuals and relationship dynamics from a holistic perspective. Max is a warm and compassionate person who finds that both empathy and humor are crucial components to building a trusting and honest relationship with clients.
Cabot Psychological Services has a team of highly trained professionals to assist you with your specific needs. Click on any of the links below to meet the rest of the team.
Max identifies as an LGBT provider and understands that members of the LGBT community experience social stigma and may have struggled with emotions associated with harassment and discrimination, coming out to family and friends, or a variety of other situations unique to the LGBT community. Max also has extensive experience working with couples and families, chemical dependency, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders, grief and loss, and suffering that results from unresolved family of origin issues.
Please know that it takes courage to reach out for help and it is the first step in the practice of vulnerability that will ultimately help to alleviate your suffering and create more joy in your life.