Brent Haagenson

Brent Haagenson, M.A., Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Psychology Resident

Dr. Brent Haagenson is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident providing individual psychotherapy and psychological assessment for adolescents and adults at the Natalis Woodbury location both in person and via telehealth.

Many individuals seek therapy or assessment in a state of crisis, searching to understand their pain. Dr. Haagenson believes that collaborative psychological work can help individuals identify not just an understanding to their suffering – but a sense of motivation, value, and purpose from which to begin a life worth living.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Haagenson is a professional singer in the Twin Cities area frequently performing with professional choral groups and his district champion barbershop quartet. Dr. Haagenson can frequently be found training for his next marathon, trying his hand at oil painting, singing karaoke, enjoying East Asian food, or exploring his home neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis with Bella the pitbull.

Therapeutic Orientation: Dr. Haagenson uses an integrated therapeutic approach influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic-Psychoanalytic Theory, and Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF). He also uses health psychology and spiritually integrated psychotherapy techniques.

Education & Professional Activities
Dr. Haagenson completed his APA-accredited Doctoral Internship at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation specializing in mental health and substance use integration. He also has completed clinical trainings in therapy at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital and Park Avenue Center, and advanced clinical training in psychological assessment with the Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM). Dr. Haagenson completed his Master of Arts degree and APA accredited Doctor of Psychology degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (M.A., 2017; Psy.D., 2020); and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Political Science from Concordia College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2012).

Dr. Haagenson is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA), and Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH).

Areas of Practice
Individual therapy for adults and adolescents struggling with both mental illness and chemical use disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, Affective Disorders, Personality Disorders, Anger and Impulse Control, Adjustment & Grief, Trauma-informed care)

Psychological Evaluations for: ADHD, learning disabilities, executive functioning skill deficits, personality assessments, and strengths identification

Consultation and training on a broad range of topics within the domains of mental health, brain functioning, and substance use.