About Anna

Anna Cariad-Barrett is a shamanic counselor, ordained minister, author, and teacher. She specializes in individual, couple, and family counseling that focuses on supporting the whole person: body mind heart + spirit, and integrates the healing wisdom and sensory strategies of nature. Anna maintains a private practice in Minneapolis, MN with distance-based options. She is a faculty member at Venus Rising University, teaching and traveling around the country.

Anna has a Doctorate of Ministry with a focus in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies from Venus Rising University, and a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Anna was legally ordained as a minister in 2006 by Madonna Ministry and as a shamanic minister in 2011 by the Shamanic Ministers Global Network. Anna utilizes skills and expertise from both her counseling and ministerial training, practicing under her legal ordainment because this offers the opportunity to integrate counseling techniques with bodywork, shamanic breathwork, energy healing techniques, and a whole person perspective.

Anna co-authored the book Sacred Medicine of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm, and Spider: Shamanic Teachers of the Instar Medicine Wheel with Linda Star Wolf (ITI/Bear & Co. 2013). She is a certified shamanic breathwork facilitator and reiki energy healing practitioner trained at the University of Minnesota. Anna is certified as a facilitator of spiritual support circles, and combines this with expertise as a group counselor. Anna was awarded the Outstanding Student Award for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She was also awarded the Outstanding Student Award from the College of Human Ecology at the University of Minnesota.

Anna worked as a sexual violence counselor at the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis. She has assisted clients in healing and empowering themselves who have experienced child sexual abuse, assault, partner abuse, depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependencency, PTSD, trauma, grief/loss, fertility issues, and couple/family relationship challenges. Unifying all of these life challenges is the human spirit, which seeks to grow, learn, and explore how to become more fully present and alive on your life journey. I am ready to walk this road with you-with compassion, hope, and a commitment to your potential!

Anna has worked extensively with children and families, including positions at Generations Community Support Services, Fraser Child & Family Center, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Clinical Services Center. Through this work, Anna has seen that kids benefit behaviorally and emotionally when nature is brought into counseling services and the classroom. Accordingly, she works as an evironmental education consultant, winning a Buckman Fellowship for Leadership in Philanthropy from the University of Minnesota for her work with Minneapolis Public Schools. Anna currently coordinates and leads children's workshops at the annual Wise Wolf Pups Camp in North Carolina.