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Anne Dilenschneider, Ph.d., DMin, QMHP

Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health

My intention is to work collaboratively with you to affirm your strengths and identify your challenges. In that process, we will find ways to support your growth into the unique human being you are created to be. My areas of interest and training are all related to developing greater integrity between who we are and how we live our daily lives. These include: flourishing in transitions, finding new life after betrayal/trauma, assessing and treating ADHD and Asperger's, and exploring issues of sexuality, and gender identity and health.

Mental Health Training & Experience

After earning a PhD in clinical psychology, I completed a post-doctoral residency with an emphasis on assessment and treatment of ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome (hfASD), and related conditions. A particular area of interest is working with women and girls, because research shows that — due to the effects of estrogen -- the symptoms of these conditions appear quite differently in females, and so they are often misdiagnosed and misunderstood.

In addition, I have specialized training in transgender/gender non-binary health, and I have been accompanying persons in exploring their gender identity and their sexuality since 1992. I have completed the training for international gender health specialty certification through WPATH. That training has included sessions at the University of Minnesota Medical School, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. I collaborate with primary care, endocrinology, and surgical teams in Sioux Falls and across the U.S., including the University of Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Other teams are in Chicago, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

I am engaged in education with local healthcare systems, employers, and school districts – e.g., providing education for healthcare administrators and corporate managers, providing gender-neutral intake and EMR options, and exploring the ethics and practice of hospitality with all persons. I have given presentations at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota Counseling Association, local employers, and numerous school districts.

I also have over a decade of cross-cultural training, research, and work in the field of trauma recovery. I helped develop one of the first restorative-justice programs for at-risk girls in the United States. In addition, for a number of years I was the director of a transitional residential program for persons with persistent mental illness. Our 22-person team helped each person transition from inpatient care to independent living with employment, education, or volunteer opportunities.

Spirituality Training & Experience

I have a second doctorate in spirituality & leadership, and have served as a spiritual director since 1988. I also lead retreats and workshops on spirituality and leadership.

I have developed workshops for executives, and was one of the presenters at a conference on "Soul in Silicon Valley." I have also served as a consultant for corporations and organizations in the midst of transition.

My work with individuals, faith communities, non-profit organizations, and corporations is focused on living with integrity, developing teams of leaders, handling conflict creatively, and making a significant difference in the world. These hands-on, real-world principles have revitalized the organizations and programs I have coached and led.

Volunteer Training & Experience

My dogs and I are trained and certified as teams with the local chapter of Therapy Dogs International. We volunteer throughout Sioux Falls in healthcare facilities (hospitals, hospice and long-term care facilities, and behavioral health inpatient units), schools, and libraries.

I am also a South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar. As a Scholar, I lead One Book discussion groups. I also share stories of South Dakota history with groups large and small across our state. A particular area of interest and research has been the Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum (1902-1933) in Canton, SD.



  • Preteens (11-13)

  • Adolescents (14-17)

  • Adults (18-64)

  • Elders (65+)

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Asperger's Syndrome

  • Betrayal / Trauma

  • Depression

  • Gender Health

  • LGBTQ Issues

  • Spirituality

  • Trauma



  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

  • South Dakota Counseling Association (SDCA)

  • South Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association (SDMHCA)

  • South Dakota State Poetry Society

  • Therapy Dogs International (TDI), Chapter 200

  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)


Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Aetna

  • Avera Health Plans

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellmark and others)

  • ChampVA

  • Cigna

  • DakotaCare

  • HealthPartners

  • Medica

  • Medicaid

  • Multiplan

  • Optum

  • Sanford Health Plans

  • Tricare West

  • United Behavioral Health

  • UMR

  • United Healthcare

  • Out of Network