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Karena Hertling

Outpatient Therapy Intern



Year Joined: 2024
Years of Experience: 3

Hibbing Community College - AA

Bemidji State University - BS in psychology

Grand Canyon University - MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Areas of Experience

More About Karena Hertling

Clinical Interests:

I am interested in working with a variety of patients to find what I am best at. I am most interested in working with moms and older adults. I would like to work with moms in prenatal stage through empty nest stage. I would also like to work with older adults, particularly with life transitions and end of life issues. I have worked with domestic violence survivors and I am trained in crisis situations for both in person and phone situations. I would like to learn more CBT techniques and interventions, and implement positive psychology in my counseling as well.

Clinical Approach:

I enjoy taking a cognitive behavioral approach but can adapt my approach based on my client’s needs and goals. I also wish to implement psychoeducation into my therapy techniques to help my client’s understand their symptoms, diagnosis, and issues better.


I have many hobbies and enjoy many unique and different activities with myself and other. I love being outside in the summer. I am often in the garden, the shed, or sitting on the deck. My daughter and I do almost everything together and we enjoy going to the pool, shopping, reading, beading, and painting together. As a family we like to go to swap meets, car shows, zoos, parades and any other fun activity that brings us together. I am skilled at beading, drawing, and painting and often do these activities in my down time. I also love to bird watch and enjoy my quiet time sitting outside with nature. I do also love the occasional gathering with friends and family and enjoy conversing and playing any type of game.

Clinic Contact Info

Big Lake Clinic

207 Jefferson Blvd
Big Lake, MN 55309

(763) 367-6080