Katie Grassel MA, LPCC

As a parent, you want your child or adolescent to be happy and healthy, but when your child is hurting so are you.  I am here to help families, children and adolescents navigate difficult life circumstances that may bring pain or suffering.  Taking the step to ask for help for you or someone in your family is not always easy, and I know that there are many initial hesitations that might come up with seeking out services.  However, once you are in the door I am here and ready to jump in full speed to not only listen and validate, but to also help you understand your child or adolescent’s feelings, and most importantly add tools to your toolbox to best support you and your family in growing together.  I value the importance of meeting individuals where they are at and providing a safe space for all emotions, difficult memories, and thoughts to be processed.  I approach all individuals with empathy and kindness, and I seek to provide an unconditional positive regard to you and your path towards healing.

I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds who have emotional or behavioral difficulties, challenging life circumstances, and new obstacles in their way that they need support in navigating.  I have training and experience in working with children ages 0-5 and their families, specifically aimed at providing psycho-education, guidance, and tools to support development.  Additionally, I am comfortable and familiar with tailoring my therapeutic approach to fit each individual’s style.  That means that I incorporate and utilize play, art, and therapeutically tailored games to provide a safe and welcoming space for children and adolescents to express themselves.  I also have training and experience in providing trauma informed care, and have experience supporting LGBTQ+ adolescents in their journey as well.

I work with children (ages 0-18), families and adults.  I have experience working with many different situations and symptoms, including: Autism, Attention difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment complexities, aggressive and impulsive behaviors, developmental delays, and social skills concerns.  I sincerely enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life, races and ethnicities.

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Iowa State University, and my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego.

Katie is now offering Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at CARE Counseling.  

What is PCIT? Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) focuses on teaching caregivers specific behavior management techniques to best support their child, as well as improving the child-caregiver relationship and increasing positive behaviors. PCIT is for children ages 2 to 7 years old. It is a short-term, 12-20 week session timeline, that involves education, live coaching, and training in both child directed and parent directed intervention areas. Benefits of PCIT include providing parents and children with structured, step-by-step approaches to strengthen the child-caregiver relationship and develop skills that stick around for many years to come. Interested in learning more? Schedule a first appointment with Katie to discuss if PCIT is the right fit for you and your family.


Children and adolescents (ages 0-18)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Developmental Delays



Trauma and PTSD

Coping Skills


Cultural barriers

Behavioral problems


Social skills issues

LGBTQ+ experiences



M.A – University of San Diego

B.S – Iowa State University

clinical experience

Fraser Autism Center for Excellence


In network with

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

  • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MHCP – MA
  • Medical Assistance
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners-Commercial
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Hennepin Health

Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.


Understanding research and the root cause of common psychological issues is a great first step to creating a healthier you!

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