Carol Strand, MA, LMFT, ATR

carol@affinitypsych.com

Hello, I am excited to meet you. My name is Carol Strand, my pronouns are she/her. I am a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I also identify as neurospicy, queer, and a self proclaimed weirdo. I love supporting folks as they figure out their strengths and heal from societal rules and expectations.

Outside of work, I continue to practice a creative life that includes gardening, sewing, getting messy with paint and paper, performing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and making my friends laugh.

How I Work

I have a laid back style that allows for the client to set the pace. I use a lot of humor (and some swearing, when appropriate) to create a neurodiverse affirming safe space, where clients can feel free to be their authentic selves. I love using art to explore emotions, especially when words are hard. The quirky in me recognizes, and celebrates, the quirky in you!

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I will encourage you with humor and stories of eating an elephant. I look at the world with joy while also recognizing it is on fire. I am passionate about holding space for you and meeting you where you are on your journey. Let’s walk together for a bit, I’ll bring the snacks.

Issues I Treat:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autistic Identity Exploration
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Burn Out
  • Body Image Issues
  • Chronic Pain or Illness
  • Depression
  • Ethical Non Monogamy
  • Gender Identity
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Self-Esteem
  • Women’s struggles with perimenopause

Populations I Serve:

  • Children, age 8+
  • Teens
  • Young Adults
  • Individuals
  • Adults (self or formal) diagnosed with ADHD and or Autism
  • LGBTQIA+ community

Professional background:

Education

  • Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, Adler Graduate School, Minnetonka, MN
  • Bachelor of Science in Youth Development, University of Minnesota

Trainings

  • Working with ADHD Clients and Families
  • Providing Affirmative Care for Transgender Kids and Teens\
  • Phenotypic Differences in Girls and Women with Autism
  • Spectrum Disorder
  • Parent Educator, The Incredible Years

Previous Employment

  • Sankalpa Therapy and Wellness Center, Bloomington, MN, Art Therapist
  • Fraser, Bloomington, MN, Child and Family Therapist
  • Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN, Teaching Artist

Licensure

  • Minnesota, LMFT, 3933
  • Registered Art Therapist, 19-363