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Cara Chapdelaine

Outpatient Mental Health Professional





North Dakota State University - BS

Saint Mary's University of MN - MA

Areas of Experience
  • Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Childhood Disorders
  • Codependency
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Delays
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief & Loss
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Life Transitions
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • Play Therapy
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress Management

More About Cara Chapdelaine

Clinical Interests:

My areas of clinical interest include working with children, adults and families around the areas of trauma, anxiety, positive parent support and strategies, foster care/adoption, blended families, and domestic violence, I am working towards becoming a registered play therapist.

Clinical Approach:

I work with children and families from a relational perspective. I believe that children and caregivers alike thrive when their relationships with one another feel safe, secure, and meaningful. I use play therapy and family therapy techniques to help caregivers learn how to play and “be with” their children in a way that the child feels seen, understood, and loved. It is also important for caregivers to feel supported, strong, and balanced and I focus on supporting caregivers to learn and use positive parenting strategies, co-regulation and prioritize their own self-care.

I utilize techniques from both non-directive and directive play therapy to engage children and their families. It is important to me to work with a trauma informed lens and to share this perspective with others to ensure that the struggles, needs and stories of others are shared and understood in a safe and respectful manner. I believe we all need unconditional support and safety to be well and I hope to offer this to my clients.


I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and hiking, and exploring new restaurants.

Clinic Contact Info

Hugo Clinic

4638 Victor Path North, Suite 900
Hugo, MN 55038

(651) 364-3839