Katharine Kaftanski, MSW, LICSW


Welcome! I’m Katharine (she/her/hers) and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Southern California. I’ve called various states my home, and now I happily call the Twin Cities my Midwest home! I love cuddling with my dog, enjoy watching Women’s soccer, and am soothed by drinking coffee every morning.

How I Work

I like to use the trusting relationship that forms in therapy as a source of healing. I enjoy supporting people in exploring various intersections and identities that they hold and I feel strongly about acknowledging and navigating systems of oppression in this work. I also tend to use an attachment-based framework in therapy. Attachment injuries in our lives can manifest as worry, self-criticism, or beliefs that we are unworthy. I provide an affirming, non-judgmental and compassionate approach. I listen intently, ask questions about your experiences, offer feedback, and will gently challenge thoughts when appropriate.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I identify as a queer, white, cis woman therapist and believe that visibility in professions like this one is really important. My passion is working with adults in the LGBTQ+ communities. I recognize that it can be important to work with a therapist who understands some of the experiences of being an LGBTQ+ person whether or not that is a part of what is bringing someone into therapy. I honor and respect the decision to seek out therapy just because wanting to do that is totally enough. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have additional questions about this process. I look forward to being of help.

Issues I Treat:

  • Sexuality and gender exploration
  • Adjustment challenges with school, work, or relationships
  • Burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Self-worth and self-esteem
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression

Populations I Serve:

  • LGBTQI+ communities
  • College students
  • Young adults (millenials and iGeneration)
  • Midwest transplants / new to the area
  • Mental health professionals, either in or recently out of grad school

Professional background:


  • Master of Social Work – University of Southern California
  • BA in Psychology and Education – Mount Holyoke College


  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous Employment

  • The Emily Program
  • Stars Behavioral Health Group
  • Charles Drew University – Spectrum Community Services
  • Los Angeles House of Ruth


  • Minnesota: LICSW #25778