Kara Kaatz, Ph.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Kara Kaatz, Ph.D.
Kara Kaatz, Ph.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Book With Kara

Kara Kaatz, Ph.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kara Kaatz is a licensed clinical psychologist at Thriving Center of Psychology. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, relationships, identity, life transitions, adjustment, self-compassion, empowerment, trauma, grief, attachment, substance misuse, and depression. Given her background in health psychology, she also has extensive experience working with individuals with chronic health concerns. She has worked in a range of clinical settings, including community mental health, university counseling, residential treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance misuse, primary care behavioral health, and psychiatric hospital services. She works with individuals ages 12 and up.

Dr. Kaatz utilizes evidenced based approaches, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, to ensure her clients have the best chance at successfully achieving their goals. She provides a supportive and empathetic environment where individuals feel secure and valued. She works collaboratively with individuals on developing goals for therapy and believes in creating tangible steps forward so that her clients can see progress. Dr. Kaatz helps individuals to identify strengths as well as unhelpful beliefs that keep them from living their version of a meaningful life. She highlights identity, relationships, and interpersonal patterns to foster meaningful self-understanding and awareness. She also explores patterns that individuals find problematic and hinder meaningful and supportive relationships.

Dr. Kaatz obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota and completed her predoctoral health psychology internship at the University of Minnesota.

Top Specialties
  • Anxiety
  • Identity
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Burnout
  • Chronic / Physical Illness
  • Confidence / Self Esteem
  • Cultural Issues / Racial Trauma
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • LGBTQIA+ Related Issues
  • Loneliness
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Relationships
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Women’s Issues
Therapeutic Approach
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Mindfulness
Client Focus
  • Individual (Adult)
  • Individual (Adolescents 12-17)
  • Group

Location / Map


1650 West End Blvd.
Suite 100
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Mon-Thu 9AM-7PM
Fri 9AM-4PM
Sat-Sun Closed

New York City

101 Sixth Ave,
Floor 8,
New York, NY 10013
Mon-Thu 9AM-7PM
Fri 9AM-4PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Therapists Consultation FAQ


How do I find a good therapist in Minneapolis?

You can find a therapist in Minneapolis through our platform. Filter by location, language, client focus, and specialty. Alternatively, you can book directly with Dr. Kaatz.

Can I get a therapist just to talk?

Absolutely, talking to a therapist can provide a safe space to work through your emotions, improve self-awareness, and find professional guidance, support, and encouragement.

How much does a therapist cost in Minneapolis?

Like most major cities, individual therapy in Minneapolis can cost between $140 to $400 for individual therapy. Thriving Center of Psychology provides individual therapy services ranging from $150-$300 per session.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a therapist?

Therapists and psychologists often have similar roles, but in addition to undergraduate degrees, psychologists also hold doctoral degrees such as PsyD or PhD, whereas therapists have master’s degrees. Psychologists are doctors who have specialized knowledge with extensive training and experience.

What is a common therapy used to treat anxiety?

Depending on your individual concerns and anxiety, your therapist may use different types of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based approaches.

Does therapy actually help anxiety?

Many patients with anxiety notice a significant improvement in symptoms after therapy sessions. How long it takes for therapy to help anxiety is unique to the individual.

How can I set up an appointment with a therapist for anxiety near me?

To start your therapy journey today with Dr. Kaatz, select “Book with Kara” and choose a day and time that suits you.