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Dr. Kathleen Chara, Ph.D., LPCC, RPT-S

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With great professionalism, care, and experience, Dr. Kathleen will work tirelessly for you and your family. As a parent and a professional, Dr. Kathleen brings a heart for the success of every family to her work. Dr. Kathleen will work with you to develop a treatment plan to restore harmony and functioning in your family.

Dr. Kathleen has a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Minnesota. She has graduated from the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate program offered through the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota.

She has been counseling children and their families for thirty years. She has co-authored six books and has published numerous articles in professional journals and reference books, and is a professor at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul teaching Counseling Children. Please visit to learn more.

Heart to Heart Child and Family Center for Counseling, LLC
127 E County Road C, Ste 6
Little Canada, MN 55117
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Heart to Heart Child and Family Center for Counseling, LLC
127 E County Road C, Ste 6
Little Canada, MN 55117

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
Optum Health
Preferred One
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Circle of Security
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR)
Filial Play Therapy
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Areas of Practice:
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Childhood Depression
Early Traumatic Experiences
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Transracial/Transcultural Families
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Infant (0-2)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)
PACC Graduate
Graduate of Permanency & Adoption Competency Certificate Program (PACC) through UMN’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare - More Info


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