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Meet The Therapist

Elin Amundson, MSW, LICSW

Elin Amundson Therapist

About Me:

I believe that people have the best opportunities to thrive when they can sense that they’re part of a genuinely supportive community. In my approach to therapy, I prioritize building strong relationships and helping people develop the insight, communication skills, and self-confidence that will help them begin/continue to participate as members of vibrant communities throughout their lives. I also try to understand people through an intersectional lens. Our experiences in the world create our understanding, and I find value in thinking about how the systems, people, and environments around us shape the many layers of how we view ourselves, each other, and who we might become.

I strive to honor each person's individual, multifaceted nature, identify and highlight their unique strengths, and help them build the confidence to bring those strengths out into the world. I take a nonjudgmental and open-minded stance, and I acknowledge that I am not the "expert" on anyone else's lived experience or unique perspective, but I can do my best to understand and offer support and guidance when it’s wanted. Ideally, the therapeutic relationships I form are based on a foundation of genuine trust and respect, so that if/when I mess up or misstep, my client feels safe enough to let me know and is willing to let us walk alongside each other as fellow human beings, each learning and growing as we go!

I incorporate a variety of different influences and approaches into my therapy sessions, including movement, mindfulness, philosophy, culture, and humor. I am fascinated to learn about what each person finds meaningful and/or therapeutic, and I love looking for ways to weave those influences into the work we do together. I am a Somatic Experiencing practitioner-in-training, and I am eager to support people in discovering or coming back to their own inherent wisdom and intelligence.

I live in St. Paul with my partner and our cat, Marvin (but I’m really a dog person at heart). In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, growing food and flowers, dancing, swimming, riding my bike, and dabbling in new hobbies.

 

My Educational Background:

Bachelor's Degree: US History & History of Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Master's Degree: St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

Current Licensure: LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)

 

Postgraduate Training:

RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Movement for Trauma Level 1 - Jane Clapp

Somatic Experiencing Therapy - Beginning level student

 

My Clinical Experience:

  • Adoption
  • Attachment
  • Behavioral issues
  • Coping skills
  • Developmental delays
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Divorce / Family discord
  • Emotional distress
  • Family therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • Involuntary clients (including offenders, prison inmates and teenagers on probation)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+)
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting
  • Peer relationships
  • Personality disorders
  • School issues
  • Self esteem
  • Sexual orientation
  • Spirituality
  • Transition and adjustment
  • Trauma and PTSD

 

Presentations:

February 4, 2021: Embodied Ethics in Social Work Practice

Writings

January 14, 2016: Mid-Winter Musings (written while at Food Corps)

 

I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, ability, gender, and sexual orientation.

Current Groups

Middle School LGBTQ