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Main Street Family Services
400 Jackson Avenue NW, Suite 101
Elk River, MN 55330

Char earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University in 2011. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the MN Board of Social Work and has certificates in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Permanency and Adoption. Char has 14 years experience working within the child welfare system and is well-versed in safety and support planning with families, infant and early childhood mental health, child development, foster care and adoption issues, and attachment.

The majority of Char’s career has been spent working with children and adolescents in foster care, and their birth, foster, and adoptive parents with an array of presenting issues. Char uses a variety of therapeutic modalities in her practice while focusing on client and family strengths, including components of cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, relationship-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic theory, and mindfulness and relaxation.

Additional Information:

Service Location:  Office Based, In-Home, and Telehealth (prefers office-based)

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Infant (0-2)
Young Child (3-6)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19-15)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Couples Work
Parent Coaching
Family Work
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Foster Care

Areas of Practice Strength:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Childhood Depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Systems of Care Navigation
Parenting Coaching
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Early Traumatic Experiences
Foster Care

Treatment Modalities:
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Narrative Therapy
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Circle of Security
Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up (ABC)
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
DC 0-5
Play Therapy
Adult Attachment Therapy


updated Spring 2021

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