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Early Childhood Clinical Services

Our specially trained early childhood therapists offer assessment by teaming with parents and care givers. Together, the team gains clarity and increased understanding of a child’s struggles in order to provide individually tailored recommendations and interventions to support the child’s social and emotional development. We provide specialized assessment as well as psychotherapy and/or skills training.

Assessments & Treatments

  • DC: 0-5 Mental Health Assessments, Neuropsychological Evaluations, Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Staff are trained in evidence-based interventions that include: Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Informed-Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP), Trauma-Focused CBT, and Circle of Security (COS)

Who is Eligible

  • Children five and under who experience attachment, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges at home, in childcare, or in other settings.
  • These early childhood services are available throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

 

     Circle of Security

The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

In this program, parents and/or caregivers will learn how to better:

  • Understand your child’s emotional world by learning to read the emotional needs
  • Support your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
  • Enhance the development of your child’s self esteem
  • Honor your innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure

 

To make a referral to the Circle of Security program, please download this form.

Early Childhood Clinical Services Referrals & Appointments

To make an appointment or for questions regarding eligibility or the referral process:

Email
Barb Tester, Early Childhood Program Support
btester@canvashealth.org

Phone
(651) 251-5024

Meet The Team

Katherine Zacharias

Early Childhood Mental Health Supervisor

I believe that when working with young children, it is so important to partner with parents and caregivers in developing strategies that promote positive behaviors and healthy interactions.

Clinic Locations

  • Oakdale

Specialty Areas

  • Early Childhood Clinical Services
  • Early Childhood Consultation
  • DC: 0-5 Assessment, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Family Therapy
  • Ages Served: 0-6
  • ADHD/ADD (Children), Abuse, Anxiety, Behavioral Problems, Transitions, Trauma, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Emotional Disorders, Domestic Violence, Depression, Parenting Issues, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues, Attachment Disorders, Self Harm, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Professional Experience

I have over 15 years experience working in mental health with children and their families.

Education

  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Ciara Legato

Early Childhood Therapist

I believe that supporting the mental health needs of young children, means partnering with caregivers to explore their child’s difficulties, seeking new ways of understanding them, promoting positive behaviors, and building a closer connection in their relationship.

Clinic Locations

  • Oakdale

Specialty Areas

  • Early Childhood Consultation
  • Early Childhood Clinical Services
  • Ages Served: 0-6

Professional Experience

I have worked with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of therapeutic settings for over 15 years.

Education

  • Master of Social Work- University of Minnesota

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

Rachel Milan

Early Childhood Therapist

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). I provide therapy to families seeking change or needing support in their lives. Most of my training and experience in this field has consisted of delivering mental health support to children struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties and their family members. I also have a significant amount of experience working with children and families in the foster care or adoption system and have a thorough understanding of the difficulties experienced with attachment disruptions and how to provide effective therapeutic intervention to these individuals and their caregivers. Parenting is the most difficult work there is. I find it especially rewarding when I’m able to partner with caregivers in exploring their child’s difficulties to find new ways of both understanding and interacting with their child that brings about a stronger and closer connection in their relationship.

Clinic Locations

  • Oakdale

Specialty Areas

  • Early Childhood Consultation
  • Early Childhood Clinical Services
  • Ages Served: 0-5

Professional Experience

My professional experience includes delivering in-home and outpatient therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults in Hennepin County as an intern. As a Family Treatment Program Therapist at Canvas Health for four years, I delivered intensive in-home therapeutic services to individuals and families of children/adolescents who were at risk for requiring hospitalization and/or residential treatment for mental health difficulties in Washington County.

During this time, I also provided training to foster parents in Washington County on caring for children who have experienced trauma and attachment disruption as well as training to law enforcement in Washington County on adolescent mental health. In 2019, I began providing primarily outpatient early childhood mental health services to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers through the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Canvas Health.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - University of Minnesota
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Addiction Studies - University of Minnesota
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy - Saint Mary’s University

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Jennifer Olsen

Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist

My belief is change happens when we feel safe and supported. I believe partnering with caregivers is vital to understanding and improving children's mental health. Every child and family is unique, and it is my honor to walk with you on your wellness journey.

Clinic Locations

  • Cottage Grove

Early Childhood Clinical Services

  • Early Childhood Behavioral Services (ECBA)
  • Ages Served: 0-5
  • ADHD/ADD (Children), Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Problems, Transitions, Trauma, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Emotional Disorders, Domestic Violence, Depression, Developmental Concerns, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Mood Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Grief, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), DC: 0-5 Assessment, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy

Professional Experience

My experience includes providing therapy to children, families, individuals, couples and groups in home, office and school settings. I provide Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Narrative and Cognitive Behavioral therapies and therapeutic strategies in my current role.

Education

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts - Argosy University
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Barbara Tester

Early Childhood Clinical and Consultation Program Support Specialist

Clinic Locations

  • Oakdale

Specialty Areas

  • Early Childhood Clinical and Consultation Program Support Specialist

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