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125 Ash St
Lino Lakes, Mn 55126


By providing a safe and effective therapeutic environment, Amanda Nephew Therapy Services is a catalyst of change for men, women, couples and families to engage in personal growth, to create healthy identities and to strengthen their relationships.   


Engaging in personal growth to create a healthy identity is a journey. Keep checking back here for things I find inspiring and helpful. 

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And everyone wins

Amanda Nephew

Over the weekend I had my 9 year old nephew staying here. After a full day of watching Spongebob, a game of bowling, geocatching in a few parks, going to two different arcades, playing card games and eating all of our meals in a tent in the living room, I made him do his assigned 20 minutes a day of reading. Yep, I am that mean aunt who made him set the timer and read for 20 minutes. I even took it a step further. I made him read…out loud. As I laid on the couch and was falling asleep (I mean resting my eyes) he read to me. Since I have 100 books on therapy and theology and only one other book, he had to read the other book. It happened to be Where the Sidewalk Ends. As he read this particular poem, I laid and listened. I listened differently to this one though. It was meaningful to me. I could see the faces of specific couples who have been in my office and who, at one time, engaged in a relentless game of tug o’war but who are now are in a place of attachment and mutual winning. I couldn’t help but softly smile as I reflected on these people and their stories.


When my couples come in, they are fighting. They are fighting about a lot of things. Some small, some big. But, what they are fighting FOR is connection. So, as I look back at these winning couples, I look forward to another year of replacing glances for gazes, crossed arms for holding hands and losing for winning.



“I will not play at tug o' war.

I'd rather play at hug o' war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins.”

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends