About Me

Therapy Approach

I use personalized creative therapy approaches tailored to each client. I provide a safe and nurturing environment and am actively engaged in sessions with clients.  The therapeutic process is most effective through developing a strong relational connection (building trust) between the client and the therapist. I believe therapy is a collaborative team effort. Generally, my therapy orientation relies heavily on family systems relationship dynamics. I utilize several family therapy frameworks or lenses including: structural, emotionally focused (attachment based), experiential, and cognitive-behavioral therapies.  I use a strength based, solution-focused, holistic approach to counseling.  I believe mental and emotional health directly aligns with relational satisfaction and spirit, mind, and body health and balance.  Other therapy approaches are used to address specific problems or issues and can be discussed with me if interested.

​Christian (Bible based) counseling is available. 

Jolene (Jo) Kirchner, RN, MA, LMFT

I am the founder and primary therapist at Life Compass.  I have a passion for equipping people with the tools they need to establish and maintain healthy relationships. I have dedicated the last 25 years to counseling and mentoring individuals, couples, and families through life transitions, grief/loss, and crisis.  I have worked extensively in facilitating and leading groups and enrichment classes.  My primary focus is on relevant life issues with core content areas including: pre-marital, marriage, family (parenting/child rearing), life balance, self-care: spirit, mind, body health/wellness, spiritual growth and maturity, and addictions/chemical dependency.  I have a specific passion for working with couples, families, women and young adults. I lead groups, Bible studies, and retreats, in addition to counseling.

Navigate with Purpose and Direction

Couples, Individual and Family Therapy

I hold a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University and a Bachelor's degree in counseling psychology from Northwestern College. I am license in the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin. I am a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator. I am a Registered Nurse with experience in medical-surgical, long-term care, and home health care case management. I was a home educator for 10 years and served on a board of home educators. I have four married adult children, six grandchildren, and have been married for over 30 years.