Diane Hovey, PhD


Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  

Certified Biblio/Poetry Therapist

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist

Dr. Diane Hovey works as a guide helping you gain insight necessary to uncovering your personal areas of darkness that block emotional healing and understanding. She works as a marriage and family therapist assisting individuals, families and couples in addressing life altering challenges such as grief, loss, guilt, anxiety, depression, marital problems and other life stressors that impede people’s abilities to navigate the uncertainties of life.  Sometimes families fall apart and need help rebuilding healthy relationships.  Whatever the need, she helps her clients find practical and down to earth ways to address their specific life challenge.  Client goals may include emotional healing, finding understanding, improved communication, clarity of vision, developing more loving relationships or achieving mindfulness in living. 

Dr. Hovey received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota where she studied with leading experts in stress theory. Her research focused on those who live with overwhelming life challenges (disability and chronic illness in the family) and how the resulting stressors impact the meanings that drive behaviors.

Diane also develops and creates therapeutic resources to be used by therapists and individuals to improve their potential for healing and well-being.


Certifications & Licensure

LMFT: Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #1967 -- MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
CPT: Certified Biblio/Poetry Therapist #2007105 - Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy
CSAT: Certified Sex Addiction Therapist # 2012C-1467 - International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals
Eagala Certified: Equine Assisted Therapy #17117 - The Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association

Specialized Training

Comprehensive Clinical Neurofeedback  training - EEG info

intake & New patient forms

Selected Publications


Hovey, D. (2010). When words are not enough: PhotoTherapy Cards™ for youth and adults. St. Paul, MN: aHeARTT Publications  

Hovey, D. (2008). Princess Sophia's Gifts   

Hovey, D. (2007). They said we'd know in one year. In Layers of Possibility: Healing Poetry. M. Sluytman (Ed).  

Hovey, D. (2006).  Below the tip of the iceberg: a poetry therapy workbook for child with special health needs.  

Hovey, D. Editor (2001 – 2007). The Muse.  

Patterson, J. & Hovey, D. (2000).  Family–centered care for children with special health needs: Rhetoric or reality.   Family Systems & Health.             

Hovey, D. (2000).  Parents as partners in the transition process.  Impact. Institute on Community Integration,  University of Minnesota. 

Dr. Diane's Blog



Selected Conference Presentation Topics:

  • When words are not enough
  • Chronic Illness and What it Can Do for You – Weaving Gold Out of Straw
  • Healthy Marriages Journey Guide: Especially for Parents Who Have Children with Special Needs
  • Illuminating the Fog, Family Connections: When Children Have Special Needs
  • Once Upon A Time: Exploring Creative Ways to Grow Through Grief and Build New Visions
  • Immeasurable Order in Chaos:  Poetry Therapy with Hospitalized Youth and Their Families
  • Reflective Practice & Care of the Soul
  • Building a Place of Acceptance for Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Creativity:  A Family Technique for Weaving Gold Out of Straw
  • Creativity and Healing:  Understanding Meaning that Shape Decisions
  • Giving Focus to Chaos – the Power of Creativity in Healing
  • The Power of Creativity & Family in Shaping the Future
  • Family-Centered Care
  • Deep "C" Diving: Family Meanings of Disability
  • Uncovering Meanings Utilizing the Poetic and the Visual:  Understanding families who have children with serious  ongoing health conditions 
  • If a Picture's Worth a Thousand Words... : Artistic modes of scientific inquiry in understanding parent's meanings of serious ongoing health conditions
  • When the Political Agenda Sets Your Execution Date:  Families of Children with Disabilities
  • Disability: Stress, Stigma, and Perceptions