Henry Ford behavioral health therapist, Kara Ettenson, MSW

Kara L Ettenson, MSW

Specialties: Behavioral Health Therapist

Board Certification and Education


  • Washington University in St. Louis, Social Work, MO, 2000

About Me

Biographical Statement

Kara Ettenson is a licensed, master’s prepared social worker with more than 20 years’ experience in pediatric and adolescent behavioral health. She enjoys helping children and parents find the right tools to cope with life’s challenges that will allow them to live harmoniously and successfully. Her clinical areas of interest include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder

Kara received advanced training in trauma certification at Starr Commonwealth and School Social Work at the University of Michigan. She received her MSW at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has been certified by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Care Philosophy

"I believe that every patient should have the opportunity to live up to their full potential in life. My goal is to provide an empathetic, caring, listening ear through a high-quality interactive therapeutic experience."






Henry Ford Health System 1 Ford Place
1 Ford Pl
Detroit, MI 48202
Henry Ford Medical Center - Ford Road
5500 Auto Club Dr
Dearborn, MI 48126

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