Kara Derner - PsyD, LP

Kara Derner - PsyD, LP

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My Areas of Practice

I believe it takes a great deal of courage and bravery to seek therapy, and I feel honored that others allow me to be a part of this journey. In my eyes, the relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important aspects of therapy, and likely the main reason people make progress. Each of us has many different pieces that explain and influence who we are. I see my role as a therapist is to put these pieces together in a way that is meaningful and helpful to my client.

My areas of practice include eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma/abuse, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, self-harm behaviors, and suicidal thoughts/behaviors. I work with clients age 18 and older, via individual therapy as well as family and couples therapy. I provide a safe space for individuals who identify as LGBTQ and I welcome clients who are looking for a Christian therapist.

General Information

Gender: Female

Practicing Since: 2008

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

Melrose Center St Louis Park
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Education & Certifications

Licensed Psychologist,: MN Board of Psychology

Doctor of Psychology,: The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University, Twin Cities Campus
Clinical Psychology
Eagan, MN

APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship,: University of Colorado at Boulder, Wardenburg Student Health Center, Counseling & Psychology
Boulder, CO

BA,: Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN

Professional Associations & Awards

Specialized Trauma Therapies:
* Internal Family Systems (IFS), Level 1 Trained
* Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 1 and 2 Trained

Professional Associations:
* Binge Eating Disorder Association
* EMDR International Association
* International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals


In my free time I enjoy reading, watching scary movies, and spending time with family. I am an Auntie to two amazing nieces and three awesome nephews. They are an important part of my life and I feel blessed to be so close to them as I watch them grow and change. A big passion of mine is animals; I have two cats and support the ASPCA and other organizations focused on protecting the rights and safety of animals.