Laura Kral

Laura Kral is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW).  She received her Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College.  Laura enjoys working with children and adolescents the most and has chosen to narrow her practice to Children, Adolescents and their families as this is the work she most enjoys doing.   She also enjoys working with parents and coaching them on how to best support their child in their home setting which reinforces what they are learning during the therapeutic sessions. 

As a mother of twins, Laura knows how unique each child is and how important it is for them to be successful at home and at school.  Many children often need assistance learning simple behaviors and coping skills.  Children often do not have the ability to communicate their feelings in an adult would.  Because of this they act out what they are feeling, often in a way that can be concerning to a parent or disruptive in a classroom setting.  Laura feels it is important to work with each child to help them learn how to manage their feelings and communicate what they need. 

Laura has had a variety of experience working with children and their families in different therapeutic settings. She has worked in a Therapeutic Preschool with children and their families who had a wide variety of behavioral issues and special needs.  As a Social Worker for Hennepin County in Child and Family Services, she has also worked closely with children in the foster care system and followed many children through their adoption process.  Laura has also worked closely with juvenile corrections and in school systems. She now utilizes all of her previous experience to provide the finest care to children, adolescents and their families here at Hardy and Stephens Counseling Associates.  

Laura sees children, adolescents and families for a variety of issues including; Autism, ADHD, sensory issues, trauma, abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.  She practices the family systems model of therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral modification and draws upon play therapy techniques which helps put each child at ease.
Laura sees clients ages 3 years old up through
college age in Elk River at these times:

Monday 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm

Laura's Blog

3/27/17 - Mindfulness

"Mindfulness is the act of keeping your focus on the present moment. When you practice mindfulness on a regular basis, it can help to keep your anxiety at a lower level. Practicing mindfulness at the time you feel anxiety can help you to manage it and bring yourself back to a peaceful state."

Taken from "The Anxiety Workbook for Teens"
by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW