Annelies (Anna) Hagemeister, PhD, MSW, LISW

Annelies (Anna) Hagemeister is a Mental Health Practitioner - Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), nearing completion of her clinical credential. Anna works primarily with individuals focusing on the mental health of children (primarily ages 6-12) and their parents, though also works with youth and adults. She has studied trauma, neuroscience, mindfulness, social work, and family systems and has experience addressing issues of parenting, child behavior and development, loss and grief, addiction in families, gender and sexuality, and the impact of intimate partner violence, maltreatment, and other adverse childhood experiences.


She works from a person-centered, client-focused, holistic and trauma-informed perspective influenced by attachment theory, mindfulness, neuroscience, life-span development, and family systems. She uses play, art, and other creative therapy techniques, as well as psychoeducation and talk-therapy, to help clients understand and manage their brains, bodies, and behavior as they live their own authentic life story. Anna is in training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), which is a body-centered approach to healing trauma.


Anna holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a PhD in Family Social Science both from the University of Minnesota, and a BA major in psychology. She has held a MN LISW since 2006, and is near earning her clinical credential. She has been a parent coach, college professor, human services trainer, prevention educator, and crisis counselor in various settings in the past. She enjoys nature, art, crafts, history, reading, and writing.