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. “Anam” translates to “Soul”, and “Cara” translates to “Friend”. We at Anam Cara Therapies seek to offer this kind of connection, compassion, and relational healing. Anam Cara grew out of the work and teachings of the Powderhorn Phillips Cultural Wellness Center, know now as simply, The Cultural Wellness Center.

Dr. Cara Carlson is our founder and lead therapist. Our group of practitioners is formed by Elder Kaia Svien, Elder Tere Parsley Starnes, Kara Vangen, April Kaisen, Nathan Paulsen, Fanny Miller, Jennifer Paige, Scott Edgar, Charlie Bouverette, Jason Mayer and Nicole Duxbury.

Anam Cara Center 9 Operating Principles:

  • Nourishing connection to – and movement from – Ground of Being
  • Honoring relationship
  • Building community and engaging in cultural healing
  • Attending to deepest heart’s desires and best hopes
  • Offering space and guidance for the souls unfolding
  • Respect and kindness for each person
  • Celebrating diversity and inclusion
  • Love has a place in our work
  • Aligning our actions in the world with being a friend of the soul

Our 9 Soul Friendship values:

  • Acting in ways consistent with soul friendship: with integrity and humility
  • Deep listening and witnessing what’s unfolding
  • Meeting people where they are at with respect
  • Celebrating the full range of emotion and experience
  • Facilitating self-determination
  • Understanding how cultural and societal context impact health and healing
  • Recognizing each person as the authority of their own experience
  • Honoring the whole person within a family and culture
  • Practicing within our scope