Dr. Kristie Schaefer, Psy.D., LP

About MeDr. Kristie Schaefer

I am originally from the Twin Cities but currently live in the Gaylord area. I decided on a career in psychology at a young age and I absolutely love what I do! I have come to enjoy serving small towns and rural areas and love the sense of community and kindness this type of area provides. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as my two spoiled kitties. Some of my hobbies include traveling, camping, hiking, skiing, playing sports, reading and going to concerts and movies.

Education

I received my Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in substance abuse from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Eagan, MN, in 2007; my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Eagan, MN, in 2010; and my Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Eagan, MN, in 2012.  My clinical research was on the long-term impact of experiencing parental divorce.  I also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Fraser Child and Family Center, Minneapolis, MN from 2011-2012.

Work Experience

I have experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds, races and ages, ranging from toddlers through elderly adults. I have a passion for community mental health, which is where I have gained the majority of my experience in both urban and rural settings. I have also provided services in day treatment settings, schools and jails. I have an extensive background in providing psychological evaluations/testing and have provided therapy services to individuals, families, couples and groups.

Therapeutic Philosophy

First and foremost, it is my philosophy to treat each client as an individual and not as a diagnosis or set of symptoms. I believe it is important to individualize services for each person and tailor treatment based on the individual needs, goals and personality of the client. I take a collaborative approach with clients and caregivers of clients to work together to create a treatment plan that will increase the likelihood of meeting clients’ goals. When working with children and adolescents, I do my best to modify treatment to be age-appropriate, creative and fun. I strive to collaborate with other professionals when necessary. I believe that people generally do the best they can in even the most difficult situations and I see therapy as a way to identify and assist in overcoming barriers that prevent people from living their best life possible.

Services Provided

Psychological assessments for ages 3+, including but not limited to:

  • autism
  • ADHD
  • learning concerns (IQ, achievement, functional assessments)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • personality issues
  • OCD
  • domestic violence/anger assessments
  • trauma (PTSD)
  • behavioral problems

Psychological testing can be an excellent way to identify and clarify a number of mental health concerns. It can also help adults or parents gain a better understanding of their own or their child’s strengths and weaknesses to best guide treatment and identify proper diagnoses.

Psychotherapy: Provided for ages 4+, dealing with issues including but not limited to:

  • autism
  • ADHD
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bipolar disorders
  • OCD
  • domestic violence
  • personality disorders
  • trauma (PTSD)
  • behavior issues
  • parent guidance
  • coping skills
  • managing chronic mental illness
  • relational difficulties
  • marital or pre-marital counseling
  • grief and loss
  • divorce issues
  • adjustment difficulties

Other specialty areas and training include:

  • At-risk adolescents
  • EMDR (effective modality to process trauma)
  • DBT (effective treatment for individuals struggling with life-threatening behaviors such as suicidal ideation, self-harm, impulsive-harmful behaviors, emotional difficulties and interpersonal difficulties)
  • CBT (modifying distorted thinking that can negatively affect people’s feelings and behaviors)

Group Therapy: There is currently an open on-going adolescent DBT group for individuals between the ages of 13-18 who struggle with 2 or more of the following issues: suicidal ideation, self-harm, poor interpersonal skills, impulsive behaviors, emotional dysregulation and/or poor coping skills.

Dr. Kristie Schaefer, Psy.D., LP is located in our Gaylord office and provides services for ages 3 and up.