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Nikki Knudson-dAlal, MA, LMFT, LADC

Nikki has been working and volunteering in the mental health/social service field since 1993. Some of Nikki’s clinical experience includes working with couples and families in substance abuse clinics, group homes with adults with developmental disabilities, correctional settings, supportive housing for long term homeless, and providing group facilitation/education on chemical health. As a marriage and family therapist and alcohol and drug counselor, she is able to integrate her knowledge of substance abuse and addiction issues and how it affects relationships and the family.

When doing therapy I mainly use a combination of, Strength Based, Client-Centered and Solution-Focused approaches. By this, I mean I will assist you in coming up with your own solutions and ideas for personal insight, change and growth.

I also aim to create a safe and comfortable environment, where you can freely discuss the topics/issues in your life that you see as important and valuable to discuss with me.



Master of Arts- Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University- Eagan, MN

Bachelor of Science- Corrections, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Metropolitan State University- St. Paul, MN-Completed Alcohol and Drug Counseling courses for licensure


My areas of special focus are in, but not limited to the following areas

Chemical Dependency/Addiction/Recovery (Individuals, Couples and Families)

Health Care Professionals dealing with mental health and/or chemical health concerns

Chemical Health Assessments

Individuals who have experienced Incarceration/Criminal Justice System (Ex-offenders)

Self- Esteem/Self-Confidence

Relationship Issues


Women's Issues

Weight Loss/Binge Eating/Compulsive Eating

LGBTQ/Same Sex Relationships


Specialized Trainings

Sand Tray Therapy

Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy


Professional Associations

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy



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