Dewina Kraus, MA, LMFT
Post Master’s Training: Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul: Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
Master’s Degree: St. Mary’s University of Minnesota: Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services
Bachelor’s Degree: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Bachelor of Music
Licensure: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Approved Supervisor: MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
Clinical Fellow: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
I started my clinical career in the early 1990’s as a music therapist. My interest in pursuing graduate work was spurred by the desire to gain expertise in a broader range of treatment modalities as well as my strong interest in the field of clinical psychology. My advance study of marriage and family therapy has strengthened my skills and my passion for seeing patients in the context of their family system and believing in the power relationships have in the healing process. I have worked in long term care, inpatient mental and chemical health care, corrections, dual disorders day treatment, school-based mental health care, and outpatient mental health care.
I am influenced by psychodynamic theory, structural, CBT, DBT, and experiential ideas. My work is also profoundly influenced by The Gottman Institute as well as emotion-focused techniques. I believe it is important for patients to understand how attachment history and relationships influence wellness.
My work as a therapist is collaborative and highly relational. I value being “real” and providing the compassion we all need to walk through life. I hold true to the notion that people start to heal, when they feel heard.
I’m thrilled to have recently transitioned to Prairie Care’s Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. I believe it is an important and much needed service to our community. When traditional outpatient services are not enough, IOP provides the right amount of “time out” our patients need to focus on psychological wellness and self-care in the context of group support and a dedicated team of mental health professionals.
I am the proud mother of three adult daughters and have been married for over 25 years. Our home is supervised by two adorable cockapoos and two superior cats. My hobbies include: sewing/quilting, cooking, piano, guitar, singing, and traveling.
SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
DBT skills for individuals and parents
addiction and codependency
adoption and permanency issues
trauma and attachment disruption