Psychotherapy and healing associates st paul

Deborah C. Escalante

I work with adults and young children (birth – age 8) using a warm, collaborative approach. Together we can explore your past experiences, relationships, & patterns within a secure therapeutic relationship to foster growth. I honor clients’ diverse identities & recognize that many internal struggles are reflective of systemic, sociopolitical issues. My specialties include issues of perinatal mental health, childhood trauma, anxiety & depression, parenting transitions/challenges, as well as single- and LGBTQ+ parent populations.

Utilizing a relational & play-based approach, I support children with anxiety, trauma, challenging behaviors & adjustment difficulties. I also provide separate telehealth support-sessions for caregivers. I have advanced training in infant/early childhood mental health, developmental delays, & therapy considerations for medical trauma & technology dependence.

I welcome you to reach out to discuss how we might work together, whether for yourself or a child in your care.

MA, Licensed Psychologist & Clinic Director — NOT TAKING NEW PATIENTS

Krista is the owner and clinic director of Psychotherapy & Healing Associates, LTD. She is a master’s level licensed psychologist and has been practicing in various capacities in mental health for over 25 years.

Krista helps people understand their feelings and behaviors while they are learning new and more effective coping and relational skills. Her approach emphasizes the importance of developing meaningful self-purpose and fulfilling work and relationships.

Krista specializes all in the emotional, relational, and developmental challenges of becoming a parent, through: infertility, pregnancy and infant loss, pregnancy and postpartum, birth trauma & unexpected outcomes, and all the ups and downs of parenting and growing a family.

I bring a gentle yet direct approach to this work, as we explore your feelings & underlying beliefs, and move toward practical action steps. My approach emphasizes the importance of meaningful self-purpose & fulfilling work and relationships.

Krista works with men, women and couples and uses a variety of approaches depending on client needs, including: Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT), Experiential Mind-Body Approaches, and Guided Imagery.

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Krista was a founding member and former Director of Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM). And is a local coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI).

Krista frequently conducts trainings and presentations for lay and professional audiences around the state, including community and healthcare organizations. She guides both new & seasoned therapists in developing expertise in Reproductive & Perinatal Mental Health. And acts as an expert witness in legal proceedings related to perinatal mental illness.

Last but not least, Krista works with a therapy assistant named, Teddy, a five-year old goldendoodle. Teddy is completely hypoallergenic and does not shed. His job description at the clinic is to help lower blood pressure of staff members and visitors.

Krista approaches people with warmth, practical guidance, and a broad wisdom about what we need to be happy and effective in our lives and relationship. She is also the mother of twins, and lives to tell the tale.

Krista helps with:

  • Individuals and couples
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Parenting
  • Divorce
  • Spirituality
  • Reproductive and perinatal mental health: infertility, 3rd-party reproduction, family building, adoption
  • Miscarriage, pregnancy and infant loss
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Birth trauma, unexpected outcomes, fetal anomalies
  • Perinatal/Menopausal transition
  • New parents and adjusting to parenthood
  • LGBTQ Families
  • Single parenting

Professional Services

  • Clinical consultation
  • Business consultation
  • Lay & professional group training
  • Forensic, expert witness

I use an integrative, individualized approach with clients because I believe therapy is a journey based on trust, and should be a space that honors clients knowledge and personal needs. Therapy is more than just a place to vent, and I strive to help people create forward movement. My style is warm, candid, and when appropriate, fairly humorous. My own journey as a daughter, partner, and mother to a 14 and 9 year old informs my work deeply. I work hard to create a space where clients feel free of judgment.

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My specialization is in reproductive mental health (perinatal, postpartum, loss, and infertility), perfectionistic women, and adults with ADHD. Using a relational lens is critical to my work, whether it’s with individuals or families. We are deeply impacted by the relationships in our past and present lives.

I use a lot of attachment theory in my work, and have special interest in helping people who may struggle to be vulnerable or may feel marginalized by their communities. I try to make the therapy process feel a little less scary and intimidating, and work with clients to help build the lives they seek and deserve.

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