Daniel J. Vance works with families, couples, and individuals trying to manage and improve relationship issues, and with people trying to manage post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, physical disability, alcohol and drug dependence, career and other life decisions, borderline (with DBT), anxiety, depression, and other challenges. He is patient, caring, respectful of your challenges, and willing to help.
Daniel Vance MS, LPC, NCC, has an office at the Landkamer Building in beautiful downtown Mankato, and is seeing clients there on Fridays. Call for a free initial consultation or appointment.
Vernon Center Counseling Services technically began on July 1, 2011, but the seed was planted in the mid-'80s when Daniel was working towards finishing his master's degree in counseling in Baltimore. He never finished due to a job opportunity in another field. In 2007, at age 48, he began studies at Minnesota State and finished with a master's degree in mental health counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Minnesota License #1084) and National Certified Counselor (Certification No. 277176). His wife since 1990, Carolyn, occasionally helps as Office Manager. Outside the field of counseling, he is a self-syndicated newspaper columnist with "Disabilities", a Joni and Friends ministry associate, a magazine editor, and book author. To help facilitate his work involving people with disabilities and Joni and Friends, he became a Certified Christian Worker through International Ministerial Fellowship of Minneapolis.
If you prefer having a female therapist, Daniel Vance highly recommends Amanda Gerdts of Footnotes Family Counseling Services in North Mankato.
From Fairmont: Take US 15 north to MN 30 East. Continue on until reaching US 169 north of Amboy. Take US 169 north to Vernon Center. Make the first right (Kendell Street) in town and take that until dead-ending at the former Vernon Center School. Park in the lot on the north end and use that entrance.
From Blue Earth: Take US 169 north. Then follow directions from Amboy as shown above.
From Mankato: Take US 169/MN 60 west of Mankato five miles until reaching the radio tower. (This is exactly halfway between Mankato and Lake Crystal.) MN 60 goes straight there and US 169 goes south/left. Go on US 169 south 14 miles until reaching Vernon Center. Take the last left in town, Kendell Street, and drive until dead-ending at the former Vernon Center School. Park in the parking lot on the north side and use that entrance.
From Madelia and St. James: Take County 9 south of Madelia. Take a left onto Blue Earth County 10. Follow County 10 into Vernon Center. Make a right at US 169, a left onto Kendell Street, the last left in town coming from the north, and take that until it dead-ends at Vernon Center School. Park in the parking lot on the north side and use that entrance.
A MESSAGE FROM DANIEL
WHAT TO EXPECT:
My practice involves individual, couples or family therapy for anyone over age 10. My primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral. However, I am trained in and draw on other approaches at times, including solution-focused therapy.
THE COUNSELING PROCESS: Within the first few sessions, we will establish goals for our work and craft a treatment plan likely to help you achieve those goals. Counseling can be effective when counselor and client work collaboratively. I expect you to come to your sessions on time, complete your homework, and do your best to talk about the concerns, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings bothering you. Although usually resulting in positive mood, behavioral, and relationship changes, counseling may also lead to unanticipated, unwanted change. If anything about our counseling bothers you, I urge you to address your concerns in session.
YOUR RIGHTS: You have the right to full information about your treatment plan and to play an active role in it. You have the right to be free from being the subject of discrimination on the basis of race, relation, gender, or other categories while receiving services. You have the right to receive a copy of the code of ethics I follow, ask questions about the counseling process, express concerns, obtain a second opinion, terminate counseling, and to contact appropriate state and national organizations if you have doubts or complaints about our work together. My license was issued by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. It's at 2829 University Avenue SE Suite 201, Minneapolis MN, 55414-3250. As required by Minnesota statute 144.652, a complete copy of your client rights is available at all times as a handout in my office.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Confidentiality is maintained as part of the counseling process in accord with my profession's ethical standards. Your written authorization is required for release of information or records, such as to your physician. Exceptions to confidentiality are made in the event of court order, clear and imminent danger to you or another person, or suspected abuse of children, the disabled, or the elderly. In addition, as required by Minnesota statute, all LPCs must work under supervision for a period of time after initial licensure. My supervisor is John Rapking, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. It is possible your particular case may be discussed with him; if this does happen, your name and other identifying information will be masked to protect your identity. Also, I sometimes take notes during sessions. This helps me obtain a richer understanding of our work together, which may lead to more effective ways to help you reach your goals. All notes are kept in a locked file cabinet. You may see these notes at any time. They are yours and for your benefit.
FEES, PAYMENTS, and CANCELLATIONS: My standard cash fee is $75 per hour for a one-hour session. The intake session fee is $100 for 90 minutes. Payment should be made before you leave each session. No charge will be made for brief telephone conversations to schedule, change or confirm appointments. If having a Health Savings Account (HSA), you should qualify for reimbursement, but be sure to check with your HSA first. For cancellations, try to give 48 hours notice.
PAYMENTS/INSURANCE: Vernon Center Counseling Services does not work directly with your insurance. Howevere, if you request that VCCS submit information to your insurance, we may use and disclose health information about you so the services you receive may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company, or another third party. I understand if I am using my health insurance to pay for services with VCCS that all insurance claims will be billed under Mankato Marriage and Family Therapy Center. MMFTC will have access to your personal information. MMFTC contracts with a professional Electronic Health Record (EHR) service and a professional medical billing agency. They will have access to the date, time, type of service provided, and other personal information required to bill insurance. They will also store the EHR for all clients of MMFTC. These agencies and their employees are bound by confidentiality rules/HIPAA, and are required to view or use information only as needed to provide their services. For example, if you have asked VCCS to submit information to your healthcare provider and your healthcare provider requests a copy of your health records, or a portion thereof, in order to determine whether or not payment is warranted under the terms of your policy or contract, we are permitted to use and disclose your personal health information. We may also tell your health plan about services you are going to receive, to obtain prior approval or to determine whether your plan will cover the rest of the services.
COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING POLICIES FOR EMERGENCIES: My office telephone number is 549-3637 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may leave messages on my voice mail at any time. I regularly check voice mail and email and will reply soon as possible. If you cannot safely wait for my reply, please go to your nearest hospital emergency room or dial 911.