Kara earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Tulane University and graduated with a certificate in Mental Health, Addiction and Family. She is licensed in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Kara is an affirming/anti-oppression therapist working primarily with the LGBTQIA2S+ community and people living with HIV/AIDS. Kara also works with adults, children, families, and groups who are met with a wide variety of barriers to living their most authentic lives, including anxiety, depression, trauma, stigma, shame, etc. Kara has worked in both outpatient and residential settings.
Kara believes the individual holds the key to their own healing and approaches the therapeutic relationship as one of partnership and collaboration. Kara recognizes each person is unique, and therefore use a client-centered approach to customize treatment, using each person's individual strengths, to help them navigate their way to a fully integrated wholehearted life. Kara is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and certified in Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT).
In addition to Kara’s therapeutic training, she has extensive community building, advocacy, and project management experience. Prior to social work, Kara served as a foster parent to three beautiful children, who are the motivation behind her MSW. She holds a B.A. in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Minnesota. Kara enjoys spending time with family & friends, community organizing, and dreams of becoming the type of person who can sustain plant life.