Counseling Services
Daniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
Daniel works with anyone over the age of 10. He specializes in working with individuals with serious and persistent illness and persons with any physical disability trying to manage and improve their lives. He is patient, caring, respectful of your challenges, and willing to help.

As of August 1, 2017, Daniel J. Vance MS LPCC moved into a new office at 201 East Street South in Vernon Center in the former elementary school, sharing the building with Harmony Bird Feeders and River's Edge Christian Church. (He used to have his practice in Lake Crystal, but returned to the same building and office he began his practice in years ago. It's three blocks from his home.) Call 507-549-3636 for an initial consultation or appointment.


Daniel technically began his practice on July 1, 2011, but the seed was planted in the mid-'80s when he was working towards 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 University and finished with a master's degree in mental health counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Minnesota License #958) and for clients utilizing health insurance works and bills through Krisma Counseling of Fairmont, Minnesota, which means, in essence, his office is the Vernon Center office of Krisma Counseling. His wife since 1990, Carolyn, occasionally helps as office manager. Outside the field of counseling, he has been a self-syndicated newspaper columnist and book author. To help facilitate his volunteer work involving people with disabilities outside the field of counseling, he until recently was a Certified Christian Worker.

If you prefer a female therapist, Daniel first recommends his colleagues at Krisma Counseling in Fairmont or Wells, Amanda Gerdts of Footnotes Family Counseling Services of North Mankato or Michelle Muff of Compassionate Counseling Services of Waseca.


My practice involves individual, couples or family therapy for anyone over age 11. 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, or when you are a harm to yourself or others, or when the therapist learns of suspected abuse of children, people with disabilities, or the elderly. 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 $100 per hour for a one-hour session. The intake session fee is $150 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.

: Daniel J. Vance accepts most insurance plans, but does not work directly with your insurance. However, if you request that we 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 Daniel that insurance claims will be billed under and through Krisma Counseling of Fairmont. Krisma Counseling will have access to your personal information and to the date, time, type of service provided, and other personal information required to bill insurance. It will also store the record. Krisma Counseling and its employees are bound by confidentiality rules/HIPAA, and are required to view or use information only as needed to provide services.

COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING POLICIES FOR EMERGENCIES: My office telephone number is 507-726-6550 and email address is You may leave messages on my voice mail. 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.