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Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being
7954 University Ave NE
Fridley, MN 55432

I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007.  My first job out of graduate school was in a residential treatment setting.  I fell in love with the beautiful and resilient girls I was lucky enough to work with and they changed my outlook on life as much as I can hope that I changed theirs.  I went on to work in other capacities during my 10-years in Chicago, in another residential facility with adolescent boys in which I encountered many adoptees and for the Department of Child and Family Services doing integrated assessment towards reunification for families that were separated due to abuse and neglect in the home.  In this role I was able to see the other side of things, from the adults who are supposed to have it all together and yet still were unable to provide safety, security and stability for their children.  I have always had a passion for working with youth who have experienced trauma in their lives.

I have many important people in my own life who were a part of the foster care system including my own two younger half-brothers, my best friend since high school and my husband.  The belief that the ultimate human goal is to find connection and purpose in our own lives and adoptees have an extra challenge to face in this human task as they discover who they are meant to be and capable of being despite the adversities they have faced.  I am always inspired and amazed at the many strengths that our youth have to offer.

One of my favorite quotes, from the movie Mulan is, “the flower that blooms in adversity is most rare and beautiful of them all”.


Additional Information:

Service Location: Office Based & In-Home

Languages Spoken: English

Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Yes, 2018/2019 Cohort

Practice Focus:

Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)

Areas of Practice Strength:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences

Treatment Modalities:
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
ARC Model


updated Spring 2021

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