Kara Derner, PsyD, LP

Kara Derner, PsyD, LP

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Doctor of Psychology, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, EMDR Trained Therapist

I am a therapist that is focused on helping you understand how your past has impacted who you are today. I want clients to leave my office feeling like they have been seen, really seen. For my background, I received my doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and have been working as a psychologist for the past 14 years. I work with adults experiencing a variety of mental health concerns, but my specialty areas are trauma, PTSD, attachment concerns, and eating disorders

The foundation for my work comes from Internal Family Systems, which is about helping clients identify different parts of themselves that have protected or kept them functioning throughout their life, as well as parts that are hurting and need help but have been pushed away to avoid feeling pain. I also regularly use Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience (DARe), the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting.

I see my role as helping you make sense of things; like putting pieces of a puzzle together so that you can see the “bigger picture”. We all start using coping mechanisms or survival strategies because they were needed and because they WORKED. The hard part is they may not be working anymore, or they may be causing more chaos in your life, and yet you don’t know how to stop them. That is okay. In therapy, we can work on understanding your past and figuring out how to move forward with the life that you want.

I know that it takes a lot of courage to work on yourself. I would feel honored if you allowed me to be part of your journey.

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