Anam Cara


℘ Confidant or Spiritual Advisor,
Friend of the Soul ℘ 

Anam Cara Therapies, a restorative healing and integral therapy practice is located in Minneapolis, MN. Like the Celtic Knot, it’s the culmination of weaving together multiple threads of experience and practice facilitating healing processes. In the Celtic Spiritual tradition, it is believed that forming an Anam Cara bond will support you to fully heal and awaken to your own true nature. ‘Anam Cara’ was for the Celts a concept with a deep meaning. So deep in fact that the late Irish philosopher, poet and scholar John O’Donohue wrote an entire book based around it; Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World.  In it, he eloquently defines Anam Cara as

A person to whom you could reveal the hidden intimacies of your life. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an Anam Cara, your friendship cut across all convention and categories.

You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the friend of your soul.


Dr. Cara Carlson is our founder and lead therapist. She is joined by her soul friend Kara Vangen. They have each worked with individuals, couples and families within the diverse communities of the Twin Cities metro area for 30 years and have collaborated together for 20 years.

Our group of practitioners is formed by Elder Kaia Svien, Elder Teri Parsley, April Kaisen, Nathan Paulsen, Fanny Miller, Jennifer Paige and Scott Edgar.