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Carlina Palmer, MA

Carlina Palmer, MA

School-Based Mental Health Clinical Trainee; Cowern Elementary and Eagle Point Elementary

Being a human is hard, and I believe that we heal most through relationships with and in community with others. As a therapist, I strive to create a comfortable and affirming space for my clients, and I approach therapy through a holistic lens, using clients’ strengths, interests, identities, and lived experiences to guide our work together.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • School-Based Mental Health Services
  • Ages Served: 5-12
  • Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Regulation, Grief, LGBTQ+ Issues/Specialty, Mood Disorders, Self-Harm, Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, Shame, Suicidal Ideation

Professional Experience

Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, I spent many years working in public health. I spent a few years working in care linkage and as a resident assistant at two HIV-focused organizations; in these roles I helped connect individuals living with HIV to medical care and community resources, and provided education about HIV/AIDS, STI prevention, and harm reduction to the broader community. After this, I spent about 5 years at a public health department working in a data-focused role in infectious disease surveillance.
While being a school-based mental health provider wasn’t my original plan, the opportunity presented itself during my graduate school practicum experience, and I’m glad it did, because I enjoy the collaborative nature of working in schools. Kids are funny, insightful, resilient little humans, and I’m happy to be a part of my clients’ school experiences.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Community Health Education - University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Masters in Counseling Psychology - University of St. Thomas

License and Credentials

  • Masters in Counseling (MA)

Referral & Appointment

To refer a student to school-based mental health services, please contact your school’s social workers.