Kara Coppinger

I truly believe emotional wellness starts with learning how to be mindful within your own life. I pride myself in being present with you, focusing on your path of healing. I am a laid back, engaging individual that enjoys laughing and helping you feel comfortable in the space we meet. Opening up about the most vulnerable parts of one’s life isn’t easy, I can understand this, as in the past I prided myself in being independent and solving things on my own. Throughout my experiences and struggles in my own life, I have found it is most often easier to have an ally, another perspective to support or challenge me to help me through life’s curveballs, whether big or small—I would love to be that supporter in your journey.

I consider myself a spiritual individual and if I can use my faithfulness to help guide your emotional wellbeing, I would be honored. I believe each person experiences faith in a unique way and I am here to guide and support that experience in any way that I can. I have a special interest in working with individuals from a varying array of cultures and experiences, races and ethnicities. I enjoy working with individuals from the LGTBQIA community and those on the Autism Spectrum, as well as those individuals seeking to make positive changes in their life, but are struggling to do so. I see younger teens to adults, individuals and families at this time.

I have a diverse range of experience working with many emotional based concerns; some of the more specific areas I am qualified to work within are:

  • depression
  • life-phase and transition difficulties
  • anxiety
  • trauma
  • chemical health/substance abuse
  • those interested in increasing overall health and wellness

  • school based concerns
  • grief/loss
  • parenting issues
  • relational issues
  • tobacco cessation
  • chronic medical conditions, including chronic pain

Background and Education

Clinical work within crisis assessment and intervention, behavioral health consultation, psychological assessment, therapy, management of community based skills programming and supervision of clinical staff. I have worked within services based in-home, inpatient, outpatient and school-based—all community oriented and non-profit. I have a great deal of experience working within an integrated-care model, including individuals with multiple medical and emotional/chemical health concerns.

  • Bachelor of Science, Dual Curricula: Honors and Psychology, University of North Dakota, 2007
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Adult Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2009
  • Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders , 2016, University of North Dakota
  • Completed Mayo Clinic training as a Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist, 2017
  • Board certified Clinical Counselor in MN since 2012
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor through the MN Board of Behavioral Health since 2014