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Updated on Sep 25, 2023

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Kayla Estenson Williams, LMFT

Minnesota, LMFT #3582

Seeing clients since 2015
About Kayla | She/her

Kayla specializes in attachment trauma as well as perinatal mental health (including infertility/loss, pregnancy and postpartum). She especially enjoys working with parents who are working to heal their own wounding to support healthy attachment relationships in their family. Her own experiences around attachment work, infertility, as well as a difficult pregnancy and postpartum experience drive her passion in these areas. The root of her approach is being present through a human-first lens. Kayla values above all else making sure you feel comfortable, seen, and worthy in the therapy space. This allows healing to start at the therapeutic relationship. Kayla also utilizes narrative approaches, internal family systems (parts work), mindfulness and somatic practices, and always approaches therapy from a trauma-informed place. Kayla is a Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist and has also completed extensive training in perinatal mental health. She strongly believes that everyone deserves healing and would love to partner with you on your journey for growth.

Message to clients

Most of us have attachment wounding from our upbringing. In childhood, this can look like chronic invalidation, overly high expectations, and a feeling that you need to earn your worth and acceptance. In adulthood, this can manifest as anxiety or depression, self-worth concerns, relationship difficulties, perfectionism, and people pleasing tendencies. Therapy can be a great space to explore your attachment history, create more supportive narratives to live by, and work towards a lived experience that aligns with your true values and goals. Attachment work is important for anyone, and can be especially important for those in family planning stages as our old wounds tend to pop up in this phase of life. Whether you are trying to navigate the bumpy road of infertility or pregnancy loss, or are in the stages of pregnancy or postpartum- therapy can help you connect to needed healing as well as grow in ways that are supportive for you and your family. Whatever season of life you are in, you deserve space. Space to explore your story, space to be seen and heard, and space for healing and growth. I would be honored to help you hold that space.

Education

Masters of Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy | University of St. Thomas, 2016

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Infertility, Trauma, Parenting

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Body image, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Codependency, Couples counseling, Existential questioning, Fertility treatment, Gender identity, Highly sensitive people, Infertility, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Life transitions, Parenting, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Transgender people, Trauma, Social anxiety, Postpartum depression, Premarital counseling, Grief and/or loss, Depression

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Empowering, Holistic, Humorous, Calming

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Family systems, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Somatic therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$145

/

Individual Session

$155

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Couples Session

$155

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kayla is a therapist that provides a warm, welcoming space for clients to be their authentic selves. When working with Kayla, clients feel supported, heard, and validated in their struggles, and also feel empowered to make changes and heal and grow. She brings a wide variety of skills and approaches and is able to adapt her specialities and approaches in a way that feels supportive with where you are at. Kayla provides clients will skills that are lasting and they can take with them after treatment concludes.

—Bridget Mozina, LMFT
Peer review

Kayla is easy to feel safe with. She truly tries to understand her clients and connects with them in a genuine way. She can sit with difficult topics while also being someone who is light-hearted and easy to be with.

—Laura Stephan, PsyD, LP
Peer review

Kayla is an excellent, compassionate, gentle, insightful, warm therapist. She is an excellent listener, and always provides helpful feedback that adds depth to a conversation.

—Elliot (Kristina) Rose, LPCC
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Kayla Estenson Williams

$145

2015

Infertility, Trauma, Parenting

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Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

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Hi, we’re Best Therapists.

We vet therapists, so you can focus on fit—not quality.

Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

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