Jackie Tohal, LICSW

(she/her/they/them)

About Me

I am overjoyed to be able to be a therapist. To be with others in their difficulty and see them grow and change is the most rewarding work I can think of. I am trained in EMDR, an evidence-based practice to help with these types of difficulties, and am pursuing full certification in this incredible modality. I think about all of my clients as part of the web of interconnections they are a part of, in their families, marriages, workplaces, and cultures. I see people individually, but often invite into my sessions romantic partners, children, parents, whole families, or discussions around inequality and oppression. I have received advanced training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for couples and families, and am pursuing certification therein. This is an evidence-based practice to help build trust, repair disconnection or betrayal, and be close together as a couple or family. I also value children's mental health as one of the most important things in our society. I see adolescents, children, and have received advanced training in assessing children ages birth to five. Finally I'd like to share about me. I was born and raised in the Mankato area and have been working in the mental health field in southern Minnesota for a dozen years. In my free time one could find me hiking in the woods near my house in the river valley, knitting with a cat on my lap, digging in the soil, or reading a book.

Education & Experience

I am proud to call myself a social worker, and received my Master of Social Work from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and have been working in the mental health field since 2009. I decided I wanted to be a therapist when I was 16 while reading my neighbor's DSM-III. I worked in group homes throughout high school and college, and graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in alcohol and drug studies in 2009 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I then worked for several years as a Mental Health Practitioner for CTSS, ARMHS, and IRTS programming in the Mankato area. Since becoming a therapist in 2016, I have worked in an outpatient setting, and joined my current practice at Mankato Mental Health Associates in 2019. I am living my dream!

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

2021 - Became member of EMDRIA. 2020 - Became member of the International Center of Excellence for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). 2019 – Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children. 2017 – Certified in Managing and Adapting Practice, a model and resource for evidence-based practice in the therapeutic setting. 2016 – Southern Minnesota Transitional Age Youth Initiative grantee, Health Resources and Services Administration. 2016 – Substitute instructor, Minnesota State University Bachelors of Social Work Program. 2015-2016 – Faculty Search Committee, Department of Social Work, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. 2015 – Program evaluation volunteer, Aktion Club Theater in Mankato, MN. 2015 – Programming and development volunteer, CATCH Projects in Gonubie, South Africa. 2015 – Health and Human Services focus group, Envision 2020 in Mankato, MN. 2015 – Program evaluation volunteer, STRIDE in Mankato, MN. 2014-2015 – President, MSW Student Connect, Minnesota State University, Mankato. 2014-2016 – Member of Phi Alpha Honor Society. 2012-2016 – Volunteer of community meal service Food Not Bombs in Mankato, MN.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Couples
  • Expats
  • Families
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Sliding Scale
  • TRICARE
  • UnitedHealth

HealthPartners MN, Medica Health Plan Solutions, Medica (UHC), PreferredOne, South Country Health Alliance, Ucare, ComPsych