Kristen Schmidt-Shay, MSW, LICSW

Clinic Based Therapy Services

I work with adolescents and adults using primarily a cognitive behavioral approach. I also believe that the relationship between the provider and client is the key to successful treatment. I have been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and use the philosophy of balancing change and acceptance when working with my clients. My primary focus is in understanding my clients and helping them reach their goals.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Adult and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Women’s Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Individual DBT Therapy for Adults and Adolescents
  • Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy



  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • Mental Health Professional


  • Master’s of Social Work (MSW) - College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas
  • Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) - University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
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