Dr. Kuhlmann strives to build on the many existing strengths of her clients and to collaborate with individuals to bring about positive changes in behavior, mood, relationships and self-concept. She was trained in a bio-psycho-social model which proposes that psychological problems are often related to a combination of biological (e.g. genetic, physiological), psychological (e.g. thoughts, behaviors) and social (e.g. societal, cultural, media) factors. She believes in first establishing a solid therapeutic alliance with individuals: a relationship in which individuals feel respected, heard, acknowledged and understood. This is accomplished over time by listening well, developing a thorough understanding of individuals’ backgrounds, responding efficiently to client concerns and acknowledging that the client is the expert on his or her experiences. It is also accomplished by creating a space that encourages openness, honesty, safety, mutual respect and humor.
Dr. Kuhlmann knows it can be difficult to reach out for help and respects the courage it takes to start a therapeutic journey. She recognizes what an honor and privilege it is to work with individuals during difficult times in their lives.
Dr. Kuhlmann’s areas of specialty include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Evaluation and treatment of depression
Evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic attacks)
psychological evaluations (objective and projective personality tests, cognitive assessments, continuous performance tests for the assessment of ADHD and achievement testing)
Evaluation and treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)
Education & Professional Activities
Dr. Kuhlmann earned her master and doctoral degrees from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University-Twin Cities. She works in a variety of settings: inpatient and outpatient hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics and schools. She enjoys the diversity of experience this affords.