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Lakewood Health System
653 Pillsbury St. N
Pillager, MN 56473

Kirstina is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She was a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar in both her undergraduate and graduate academic programs which included advanced training in the area of child welfare studies.

She completed the post graduate Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate through the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) and The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of MN. She has 10 years of experience in various aspects of social services systems including adolescent and adult mental health, child welfare, corporate foster care, and residential treatment.

Kirstina specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families who have experienced various forms of abuse, neglect, and trauma. She works closely with biological, foster, and adoptive families at various stages of the child welfare, foster care, and adoption processes. Her passion also includes working with adolescents, children and families focusing on safety, attachment, mental health/emotional wellness, and holistic well-being. She also serves people facing depression, anxiety, ADHD, Post-Traumatic Stress, abuse/neglect, relationship issues, parenting difficulties, behavioral issues, infertility issues, and adjustments to blended family dynamics.

Kirstina’s primary therapy modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, systems theory, person-centered strengths based approach, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, and attachment based and trauma informed therapy.

Additional Information
Service Location: Office Based
Languages Spoken: English
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Yes, 2015 Co-hort

Practice Focus:
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Birth/First Parent/Family

Areas of Practice Strength:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)

Treatment Modalities:
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)



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    Choosing a Therapist
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    Working with an Adoption Therapist

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