Meet Our Chaska Team

Lucas Volini, DMFT, LMFT


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Dr. Volini is a licensed marriage and family therapist and MN board-approved clinical supervisor serving as the Director of the Global Family Therapy Institute at Ellie Family Services. Dr. Volini maintains a fulltime appointment as Assistant Professor at Northcentral University in the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences with a primary teaching focus in the doctoral programs (DMFT/PhD) in Marriage and Family Therapy. Seeing clients on a part-time basis at the Institute’s Chaska location, Dr. Volini works primarily with couples, families, and individuals (ages 14+).

Clinically, Dr. Volini’s practice exists at the crossroads of empiricism and philosophical inquiry. Therapeutic work aims to deepen the understanding of one’s self within the context of a complex social world. With a focus on cultural worldviews and associated pursuits of meaning, clients looking for deeper purpose and a more pronounced sense of fulfillment in life may benefit most from this particular method of therapeutic intervention. All the while, progress is generally evaluated by the extent to which each client deepens the quality of relationship to those around them. Clients working with Dr. Volini can expect an honest, direct, flexible, and experiential approach to the therapeutic process. All cultural and political worldviews are welcomed at the Global Family Therapy Institute.

Clinical Specialty Areas 

·         Strengthening marriages and other forms of intimate relationship.

·         Addressing a perceived absence of meaning/purpose.

·         Struggles navigating the complexity of our politically charged social environment.

·         Addressing stresses often experienced by corporate executives, medical professionals, attorneys, and other rigorously demanding professions.

·         Struggles specific to men and masculinity, including fatherhood, marriage, and work/life balance.

·         Conflict between adult siblings and/or strains between adult siblings and their aging parents(s).

·         Parenting difficulties and the full spectrum of familial discord.

Professionally, Dr. Volini’s clinical practice is strengthened by ongoing engagement in various pursuits of scholarship. At the Institute, Dr. Volini advances his research on the development of Global Family Therapy (GFT)—a therapeutic method centered around the cultural worldviews of individuals within complex systems. GFT is grounded in the wisdom derived by various existential philosophers throughout the centuries and contemporary empiricism that demonstrates the extent to which our self-esteem is directly tied to our cultural worldview. Beyond the traditional therapeutic space, GFT’s framework mutually tends to the assessment and intervention of dysfunction observed across our larger social system. Such work includes Dr. Volini’s method for facilitating encounter groups between individuals with opposing political worldviews and developing curriculum to organize and bring clarity to the polarization felt nationwide. Recent developments extend this multisystemic framework to assess and consult with corporate systems. In Dr. Volini’s academic research and clinical practice, he maintains a sincere commitment to leveraging viewpoint diversity as a primary resource to address societal ailments.

Dr. Volini is the independent author of two textbooks in the discipline of marriage and family therapy, has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and various professional periodicals, and regularly presents his research locally and nationally at professional conferences across disciplines. Currently, Dr. Volini is the President of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Volini CV 2021


Ellie Family Services
1107 Hazeltine Blvd, Suite 416
Chaska, MN 55317
Phone: 651.313.8080
Fax: 651.925.0610