Krista K Harju, MSW, LICSW, M.Ed.
Life and relationships can be complicated! Living in relationship with our world and navigating a healthy path can be challenging. Therefore, finding positive connections is important to strengthen your capacity, seek clarity, and develop meaning in your journey during challenging times.
As a psychotherapist, I aim to support clients to find strength and adjust to life challenges in effort to help you figuratively “run your race.” Through evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, and play therapy, with a specific lens rooted in attachment and relationship, I help you find creative strategies to address maladaptive behaviors and challenging life situations.
My experience as a parent and a foster parent has helped me professionally as a therapist who specializes in helping new parents and parents of young children make sense of their relationships, what has shaped them, and how to establish safety and develop a secure attachment.
I am trained in Circle of Security as well as Permanency and Adoption I am actively pursuing certification in Perinatal Mental Health.
I am a faculty member and coordinator at the College of St. Scholastica undergraduate Social Work Program. Prior to my current work, I was an early childhood mental health consultant to the Duluth Preschool and a care coordinator for St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates.
Duluth, MN 55810
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Adult Attachment Inventory
Circle of Security
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Crisis Intervention Training
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Educational Consulting (IEP/504 Assistance)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Systems of Care Navigation
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)
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If your family is facing financial barriers to receiving care from an adoption-competent therapist in Minnesota, please reach out to our HELP Program: https://fosteradoptmn.org/help_program_overview/
Parents should carefully choose a therapist based on the individual needs of their family. For more information, please see the following: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f-therapist/