In 2001 Dr. Kuhlmann started working in the field of psychology for the St. Cloud Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric department. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University with a degree in psychology. Wanting to continue studying psychology and build a career helping others, she went on to earn her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Kuhlmann builds on the many existing strengths of her clients and collaborates with them to bring about positive change in behavior, mood, relationships and self-concept. Her treatment interventions are informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helping clients identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts.
In addition to CBT, Dr. Kuhlmann is trained in the bio-psycho- social model, which proposes psychological problems are often related to a combination of biological, psychological and social/political/environmental factors. Dr. Kuhlmann first works on establishing a solid therapeutic alliance with clients – a relationship where individuals feel comfortable, safe, accepted, respected, heard, acknowledged, understood and trusting of their therapist.
This can take time. Trust must be earned, not just given or expected. Trust and comfort can be developed through deep listening, developing a thorough understanding of her clients’ backgrounds, responding efficiently to client requests, placing a premium on confidentiality, and acknowledging the client as an expert on his or her own experience. Said best by the late, great Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
If her clients prefer, Dr. Kuhlmann is eager to work with their established treatment team (e.g. physician, psychiatrist). Dr. Kuhlmann understands it can be anxiety-provoking to reach out for help and respects the courage it takes to start therapy. She recognizes what an honor and privilege it is to work with individuals during difficult times in their lives. “There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.” Adrienne Rich.