Kathryn Elison, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions at the University Ave location in St. Paul. Her practice includes providing therapeutic services to young children, parents, and families. Kathryn enjoys working with parents and children together to help a family heal from trauma and forge a stronger path forward using evidence-based interventions for young children and their families. She has several years of experience working with families who have experienced early childhood trauma, such as medical trauma, early deprivation and neglect, and caregiver separations or transitions. Prior to working in outpatient mental health, Kathryn worked in medical hospitals and clinics supporting children and families as they received medical care for chronic or life-threatening illnesses as well as during their recovery including cancers, transplants, premature birth and NICU admissions.
Education & Professional Activities
Kathryn received her B.A. in Psychology and her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has been practicing clinical social work since 2011. Kathryn is certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an evidence-based intervention for children ages birth to seven with trauma histories. She is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based intervention for children ages six to 18 with trauma histories; and is a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator, a therapy group for parents with young children. Kathryn is currently finishing her certification for Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC), an evidence-based intervention for children six months to four years old and their families. Kathryn is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She also published an article for the Zero to Three organization about providing early childhood mental health interventions in pediatric settings.
Clinical work with children, from newborns to ten years old, and their families;
Children with serious and/or chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, transplant (solid organ or stem cell/bone marrow), congenital heart conditions, prematurity, and NICU graduates;
Early childhood trauma;
Parent-Child Relationships, including adoption-related issues;
Parenting interventions and support, including parenting medically complex infants and young children;
Issues related to Grief and Loss.
Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy