Kierst Finsand, Psy.D., LP

I believe that it takes courage and strength to move towards healing, and as a therapist it is my privilege to witness adolescents, adults, and families engage in this difficult and rewarding work. Life transitions and unexpected events can cause pain and suffering. I believe in the capacity we all hold to make space for grief, sadness, confusion, and fear, and to embrace our wholeness in the midst of that journey. In my practice as a therapist, I believe the relationship supports acceptance of the self and stepping into a more authentic, present life. I work collaboratively to develop goals that support client’s values, and work with clients to shift into more meaningful life balance. I provide a safe, supportive environment that honors my belief that clients know themselves best.

I use evidence-based practices to explore a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, identity exploration, trauma, and significant life-transitions. I also have specialized training in working with individuals facing disordered eating and with young adults making the transition to college.

I value a person-centered approach to therapy based in compassion, empathy, and non-judgments towards my clients, and believe these are necessary elements in the path towards healing and resilience. I believe each individual is unique and deserving of an individualized therapeutic approach, and it is my goal to provide a supportive space and treatment plan that hold the importance and fullness of each client’s story.


Disordered Eating



Mood Disorders

Grief and Loss

Guilt and Shame

Trauma and PTSD





Life Transitions


Relationship Concerns


Suicidal Ideation


Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas

B.A in Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College

clinical experience

The Emily Program (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

Counseling Center, University of Maine (Doctoral Internship)

Student Counseling Services, University of Minnesota

Fischler and Associates

Counseling and Psychological Services, University of St. Thomas

The Bridge for Youth

In network with

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

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

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


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