Kari Paidin

Therapist Intern


Kari is currently in the MFT graduate program at UW-Stout and will graduate in August of 2022. Before entering graduate school, Kari was a teacher and an academic coach supporting teachers. She looks forward to integrating her prior experience with her future practice as a therapist. 


Kari believes everyone can benefit from extra support while going through the hard parts of life and that there is no shame in asking for help. Likewise, she embraces the idea that we are all imperfect, unique, desiring of connection, and needing to be seen and heard. 


With this in mind, Kari brings a holistic lens to therapy. Not holding to a one-size-fits-all model, Kari adapts her support to what the client needs in the moment. Helping her clients to notice their own patterns allows them to make new paths forward and change how they show up in the world. In this way, unhelpful patterns are shifted and stories are re-written, allowing for new possibilities to emerge.


Therapy with Kari will include exploring thoughts, feelings, and responses in the body through a lens of empathy, compassion, and curiosity. She enjoys working with couples, parents, teens and adults. Furthermore, her therapy is LGBTQIA+ affirming and culturally sensitive. She enjoys working with couples, parents, teens and adults. 


Kari resides in the Twin Cities area with her husband and two boys. In addition to living with 3 humans, she lives with her cat Ollie and golden doodle Opal. Kari loves to read, have deep conversations, take walks and be in nature. When she can find the time, she loves a DYI project to add personality to her home; her miter saw and nail gun bring Kari distinct joy. An ideal Friday night consists of cuddling on the couch with family and pets, watching a movie and munching on popcorn.

Clinical Issues


Behavioral Issues


Coping skills


Dual diagnosis

Grief and loss



Life transitions


Relationship issues

Couple and family relationships



Teens 12+

Trauma and PTSD

Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum

Pregnancy loss

Types of Therapy

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Narrative Therapy 

Solution Focused Therapy 

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Relational Life Therapy (RLT)

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Polyvagal Theory 


Family Systems

Trauma Focused

Rates and Insurance

Private Pay:*

$30 per session - standard intern rate

$20 per session - enrolled college students

$10 per session - clients with Medical Assistance (BadgerCare)

*Session fees are due at time of service via credit or debit card payment


Office days:*

Wednesdays 2pm-7pm

Thursdays 11am-3pm

*Due to the requirements of Kari's program, sessions 3pm and later must include a family member for at least 15-20 min. 



University of Wisconsin - Stout

Expected graduation May 2022

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