Laura Kirlin, MSW LGSW

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Laura Kirlin, MSW LGSW

Laura Kirlin MSW, LGSW received her Bachelors in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, then graduated from the St. Thomas Master of Social Work program in May of 2020. She has consistently worked in mental health since graduating with her BA. Laura has experience working with elementary students as a School-Based Mental Health Practitioner, homeless adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, families in transitional housing, and many years as an Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) practitioner (11 years in the Park Rapids area). This work has led to a vast amount of experience working with a variety of ages and issues as well as substantial knowledge of the area resources.

Laura believes that therapy is most beneficial when it is client driven and based on a person’s strengths, goals, and motivations. She utilizes a variety of methods within therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Laura believes that good mental health involves a balanced combination of mental, physical, and spiritual health. She enjoys working with a variety of ages from children to adults.

Laura Kirlin moved with her family to the area in 2006. When she is not at work, Laura enjoys gardening, hiking, traveling, camping, and spending time with her family.

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Feedback from LCA clients:

The receptionist staff have been amazing.  They are friendly and caring.  You can tell they enjoy their job.

My children's counselors are awesome.  I've seen huge progress in both my kids.

Easy to work with.  Made me feel comfortable!

My therapist was very, very kind and is an awesome problem solver.

The appointment times work well with my schedule.  My children get along well with their therapists.

The staff members are always well informed and ready to help/answer questions.

They matched me with the perfect therapist!

I appreciated being treated normally, even though I was getting help with a difficult situation.

She's thinking through things with me instead of just giving directions.  It shows that she cares.

I appreciate the text/phone reminders.

It is a very comfortable atmosphere.  Everyone is flexible and understanding!

My son and daughter are making steps toward our family goals!

Everyone was very helpful.  I'm glad I called to get help!

I found scheduling flexible to my needs.

Very welcoming place.  We love our therapist!

Friendly and helpful atmosphere.  Feel at ease walking in.

My child's therapist is awesome!  So helpful and relates well to the whole family.

My ARMHS staff is awesome!  She has helped me make progress in many areas of my life.  I have better relationships now.

Our counselor wanted to meet our entire family to find out how to better help our son.  She offered lots of suggestions and things to help us in the long term.

The staff have good attitudes and open minds.

Talking with my therapist is helping, instead of holding it all in.

I have a great therapist.  I appreciate her assistance!

The receptionist knew my name after the second visit...very friendly!

I love the comfortable feel in the office.

Quick and easy to get an appointment.  Friendly, helpful staff.

Listens to both my child and me.  Getting us through some very difficult times with care and compassion.

I always feel that my therapist is listening to what I have to say and helping me come up with practical ways to deal with things.

Her thoughtfulness and her knowledge of helping people with depression is what I need to achieve my goals!

Easy to work with.  You can tell they genuinely care about their clients.

They were open to my opinion of which counselor I see.

My therapist is great!  Of all the therapists we've had over the years, she understands our family and kids the best.  Very helpful!

They gave me hope for the future.  Life saving.

When we come in for an appointment, the reception staff always has a friendly smile on her face.

Good location, feels very professional and confidential!

The front desk staff had a positive attitude and was patient with me.

They work with your schedule and do whatever they can to help you.

Greatly appreciate having the option of Christian Counseling and being able to filter issues through that lens!

My therapist understands my child's needs and listens.

I love coming to LCA.  Everybody is so friendly and make you feel so much better.

Easy to get to.  Very friendly people willing to help.

My therapist is a life saver! :-)

Location is great and the staff is excellent with customer service.  Therapy is also professional and comfortable.

I am so thankful I was directed here!

All the staff were friendly and helpful.  They answered all my questions.

You are all warm, welcoming and so very helpful!  Thank you!!

Therapy at LCA has helped my progress immensely!

My counselor helps me out when I need it most.  I can always count on them to say the right things, even when I don't want to hear it.

I'm so appreciative of my therapist's knowledge, skill and understanding.

Meeting with my therapist has been making my life and relationships a lot less stressful.

I like that the staff are flexible with scheduling.

I had a person to talk with about my problems and my problems are getting better.

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Office Hours

Park Rapids Office

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    8:00 to 5:00
  • Wednesday
    8:00 to 7:00
  • Friday
    8:00 to 1:00

Bemidji Office

  • Monday – Thursday
    8:00 to 5:00
  • Friday
    8:00 to 12:00

Menahga Office

  • Open by appointment

LCA offices may be closed over the noon hour. 

Important Numbers

Park Rapids Office Phone:
218-366-9229

Bemidji Office Phone:
218-444-2233

Menahga Office Phone:
218-564-9229

LCA Fax Number (all offices):

218-237-2520

24-Hour Crisis Line:
800-422-0045