Dr. Kai Gunty, PhD



Children are constantly communicating with the people around them. When children are having difficulties or challenges, the first step is always to learn to listen more deeply to the child and then to move forward from there. The right support for children and families can bolster resilience and allow them to thrive no matter what challenge they face. I use a strengths-based approach to use what already works well for a child or within a family system as a foundation for further growth and development.


I work primarily from attachment/attunement, child-centered, sensorimotor, narrative, and solution-focused theoretical perspectives. From those foundations, relationships take center stage. A main goal for the therapy I offer is to enhance and deepen family relationships while increasing positive interactions, enjoyment, and well-being.

If you are looking for help to best support your child, reach out to me today so that we can schedule a brief phone consultation to get started.


MA, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2010

PhD, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, 2021



Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-5)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Sensorimotor Arousal Regulation Training (SMART)

Adaptive Internal Relations Network (AIR Network)

Areas of Focus

Gender identity and gender expression

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Adoption and foster care

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Attentional challenges (including attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder [ADHD])

Developmental delays

Trauma (including medical trauma)

Complex medical conditions

Toileting challenges (including encopresis and toileting refusal)

Anxiety, depression, and other emotional and behavioral disorders

ASD assessment/evaluation

Diagnostic assessment for children birth to five


Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) MN #2673

Prelicensed clinician, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) track

Prelicensed clinician, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) track

Currently practicing under supervision.

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