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Abbie Shain


Abbie is a therapist, community organizer, and ritualist who believes in healing. Abbie weaves activist and clinical lineages to nourish people and organizations creating social change. Abbie is an adjunct at the Augsburg University School of Social Work and the University of Minnesota School of Social Work where she teaches about trauma healing and antioppressive social work practice.

Abbie attended Macalester College and studied English and Comparative Religions. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work where she was awarded the Excellence in Evaluation award and served as a research assistant for the then Director of the School of Social Work, Dr. John C. Bricout. During that time, Abbie was also a community organizer for the Minneapolis Poor People’s Campaign and the field director for Mark Haase for Hennepin County Attorney.

Abbie is a contract therapist at LynLake Centers for Wellbeing and the Institute for Integrative Transformation with clinical expertise in complex trauma, spiritual abuse, and gender, sexuality, and identity. Abbie’s theoretical framework as a therapist comes first from relationships, then from community organizing, and finally from narrative therapy and healing justice frameworks. In this way, Abbie is committed to resisting therapy as a mode of social control and investing in alternative models of resourcing and collaboration to support self confidence, self determination, and self compassion. Abbie completed a year of formal training with the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, earned a certificate in the yearlong program from the Evanston Family Therapy Center in Narrative Therapy, completed EMDR Level One training, AIR Network training, and is currently in Level One training for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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