Karen Carlsen - MSW, LICSW, Psychotherapy

Karen Carlsen - MSW, LICSW, Psychotherapy

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My Areas of Practice
As an oncology psychotherapist, I believe that each patient diagnosed with cancer has a story to tell and a need for non-judgmental listening. In the story of one's life, the chapter on cancer might bring a variety of challenges, losses, feelings of grief and possibilities for making meaning.  I believe that cancer not only affects the individual, but also impacts marriages, families and the communities within which we find ourselves living.  I believe that cancer and hope are not mutually exclusive and  that healing is possible whether or not a cure is.  It is my job to help support, educate and counsel patients by discerning with each one his/her unique needs, the particular and universal feelings they may be experiencing and the tools they might need developed in order to cope with and most effectively face whatever cancer may bring.  By specializing in the areas of loss, grief, attachment, depression and anxiety,, I am well suited to walk with patients in their fears, their insights and their struggles with cancer and its impact on their lives.  In addition to receiving a master's degree in social work and a license to provide counseling, I have been trained in the art of spiritual direction.  My training focus was in mental health, grief and loss.  In addition to my practice with individuals, couples and families, I also enjoy teaching survivorship classes and facilitating support groups.   . 

General Information

Gender: Female

Practicing Since: 2006

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

Frauenshuh Cancer Center
3931 Louisiana Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Education & Certifications

BA: St. Olaf College
Social Work/Women's Studies
Northfield, MN

MSW: College of St. Catherine/Univ. of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN

Professional Associations & Awards

  • Member, National Assocation of Social Workers
  • Association of Oncology Social Workers
  • Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support
  • Advisory Panel Member for Cancer Legal Line


The diagnosis of cancer changes lives. It affects families, friends and sometimes one's beliefs about life. As a social worker and psychotherapist, I feel honored to walk with patients and their families on their paths toward healing. I provide therapy, support, advocacy and resources to patients and their families as they learn how to best cope with their disease and the impact it has on their lives. Though I know not all cancer can be cured, I believe that many can experience healing. I hope to be part of that healing process.