Education & Certification

Licensed In

Graduated From
Boston University (1964)

National Register Member Since

Mona Affinito, PhD

Years of practice as professor (emerita), administrator, private practitioner, workshop leader, and author contribute to my offerings at “Let Yourself Grow.” Growth counseling for healthy adults is what I do. Deeper appreciation, acceptance, gratitude, and knowledge of self is what my clients gain. The practice is small, so you can count on being really special.

Forgiveness is a strong area of interest as reflected in my two books,”When to Forgive,” and “Forgiving One Page at a Time.” I am available to do telephone counseling for your forgiveness issues.

A long history of teaching and caring about the psychology of women has, believe it or not, led men to my practice as well.

These days I’m also involved in the writing of historical fiction as reflected in my book “Mrs. Job” and its newly edited and re-titled edition “Figs & Pomegranates & Special Cheeses.” It brings together my concern for the history of women, forgiveness, and an interest in biblical stories, the remnant of my youthful desire to be a Lutheran minister.That was long before the days when I would have been allowed in, because I was disqualified by my sex. So the church was spared, and I hope psychology gained.

As a mother and grandmother, I know the pleasures and strains of parenting while maintaining an active professional career.

Oh yes, I also know the challenges and joys of living well into retirement years — without retiring.

Learn more about me on my website:

Practice Characteristics

Areas of Expertise

  • Career and Life Adjustments (occupational/career counseling and assessment, academic problems, financial issues, relocation stress, stress associated with other life changes)
  • Gender Issues (e.g., gender roles and equality, prejudice, male vulnerability and masculinity, feminist principles)
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couples Therapy (e.g., relationship communication difficulty, premarital consultation, divorce mediation)

Ages Served

  • Adults (18-64 yrs.)
  • Older adults (65 yrs. or older)

Treatment Modalities

  • Psychodynamic Treatment


  • MA, Ph.D. Boston University
  • American Psychological Association
  • Minnesota Psychological Association
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Fee Information/Office Policy

  • There is no fee for the initial consultation. After that, my usual fee is $125/50 minute hour, but I am open to sliding fees when it seems that I can be really helpful. At this age, I’m still at it because I know my experience contributes to my being good at what I do. The pleasure is all mine, you might say.
  • Office Hours: Weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Preferred method of contact: My preferred method of contact is by phone: 952-361-3681, but you can also reach me by e-mail at Please indicate in your subject line that you are inquiring about client services. Like almost everyone these days, I am swamped by daily e-mails and I wouldn’t want you to get lost in the shuffle.
  • Insurance Plans

    • Will provide receipt for insurance reimbursement.

    Contact Information

    Primary Contact

    723 Water Street
    Excelsior, MN 55331
    P: 612-760-5007 (Mobile)