Elizabeth Franklin, MSW, LICSW

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  — James Baldwin

In therapy we will work together so that you do not have to face your problems alone.   Whether we’re a kid or a grown-up, we have all received lots of messages about who we are and what we are capable of.  Some of these messages are true and some aren’t.  Some help us feel happy and be successful, and some don’t.   Together we will find ways to understand your story that help you notice what you’re already doing well and build on those accomplishments.  We will find the messages that are true and helpful, and we will practice letting go of the others.  With adults this often happens through talking.  With kids this happens through talking along with playing, doing art, reading books, and making projects.

I have spent most of my career working with kids, families, and adults who have survived hard experiences and who have struggled with systems like schools or immigration.  I try to make our meetings a place where people feel respected and seen for who they really are, and where they feel safe enough to express all the parts of themselves.  Seeking help can be intimidating.  It is also one of the bravest things that people can do for themselves and their family.  I am always happy to talk with people before they schedule an appointment to answer questions or make sure our personalities would be a good fit.

I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and PracticeWise/Managing and Adapting Practice.  I pull most heavily from narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Dr. Anne Gearity’s Developmental Repair model.  I am fluent in Spanish and conduct meetings based on the needs and preferences of clients and their families (English, Spanish, or both).  I enjoy working with kids (five and up), adults, and families.  My background is in working with survivors of complex trauma, often in under-resourced communities, as well as people experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, Autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and other learning or developmental differences.

  • Education

    • MSW University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    • – BAs – University of Kansas – American Studies (concentration in Human Sexuality in American Culture) and Spanish
    • – Fluent in English and Spanish
    • – LGSW from Minnesota Board of Social Work:  2007
    • – LICSW from Minnesota Board of Social Work: 2010

  • Clinical Experience

    • – CARE Counseling – Clinical Therapist
    • – Washburn Center for Children — School-based Therapist
    • – Washburn Center for Children — Mental Health Case Manager
    • – Cedar Park Elementary School, ISD 196 — Latino Family Liaison
    • – CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio) — Mental Health Counselor
    • – Facilitator of the Twin Cities Spanish-speaking Provider Consortium

  • Specialties & Issues

    • – Cross-cultural therapeutic work
    • – Child and adolescent work
    • –  LGBTQ-affirming provider
    • – Parenting
    • – Family conflict
    • – Acculturation and immigration
    • – Community violence and under-resourcing
    • – Chronic stress
    • – Trauma and PTSD
    • – Domestic violence
    • – Sexual abuse and assault
    • – Anxiety
    • – Depression
    • – Relationship concerns
    • – ADHD
    • – Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • – Developmental and learning differences
    • – School difficulty
    • – Coping skills
    • – Behavioral issues
    • – Emotional Disturbance and Severe Emotional Disturbance
    • – Peer relationships
    • – Self-esteem
    • – Self-harm
    • – Suicidal ideation
    • – Grief and loss

  • In-Network with

    CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with various providers including:
    • – Blue Cross/Blue Shield
    • – PreferredOne
    • – Health Partners
    • – Medicaid/Medical Assistance (MHCP)
    • – UCare
    • – Medicare
    • – Cigna
    • – Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.

  • Resources

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

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2000 Aldrich Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

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