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Family Circle Counseling
2356 University Ave. W. #280
St. Paul, MN 55114

Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT has thirty years of post-masters experience working with children and parents who are coping with attachment loss, trauma and family changes, especially with youth who entered a family through adoption. She is co-founder of Family Circle Counseling in St. Paul, MN and led the Wilder Foundation’s Attachment and Trauma Training program from 2001 to 2017. She co-created and continues to co-facilitate the popular workshop “Surviving and Thriving Beyond the RAD Diagnosis.”

Krista is an attachment-focused family therapist who has advanced training in EMDR, Theraplay, and Emotion Focused Couples Counseling, who loves the balance of doing therapy with playful children, teens, adult adoptees, parents and couples in their quest for healing. She also is an EFT couples therapist who often works with adoptive parents with their own trauma histories now raising children with trauma.

Additional Information:

Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Elementary Age (7-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person 19-25) – Specific emphasis
Adult (Adoptee) – Specific emphasis
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Couple Work
Family Work

Areas of Practice Strength:
Developmental Trauma/Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Depression and Anxiety
Suicidal Concerns
Relational Conflict
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Early Traumatic Experiences
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)

Treatment Modalities:
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Eye Movement Desensitization/Reprocessing (EMDR)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
Experiential Play
Therapy Adult Attachment Inventory


updated Spring 2021

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