Kara Engebretson, LICSW



Master’s Degree: St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Bachelor’s Degree: Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa
Licensure: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kara received her Master of Social Work Degree from St. Cloud State University in 2015. During that time she interned with Crow River Family Services for 2 years and joined them for the last three years working with families, adolescents, and children in the home with trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder providing therapy, parental guidance, skills and developing a group providing creative, therapeutic, experiential skills training for children and adolescents through a gardening program called DiRt group.

Kara has worked at Washburn Center for Children as a Children’s Mental Health Case Manager and Therapist the past three years specializing in finding resources for families, coordinating care, and treating families and individuals with ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. Kara specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families through building their relationships while learning new parental skills. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while focusing on the family’s and individual’s strengths to help clients with social, emotional, and behavioral concerns. Kara is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which has been helpful in treating clients with trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Kara is dedicated to an integrative mental health model encompassing physical health as she brings experience from working with a medical team while working at PriairieCare inpatient hospital for the past two years. Throughout her experience within her jobs she has worked collaboratively with other health care professionals to provide overall care for clients.

In Kara’s free time, she enjoys running with her dog around the lakes in Minnesota, attending Minnesota sporting events, visiting her hometown in Iowa and spending time with friends and family.

Special Clinical Interests

Behavioral Concerns
Parenting Concerns
Poor Self Esteem

Additional Information

Adults: No
Adolescents: Yes
Children: Yes