Navigating Boundaries, Countertransference, and Self-Disclosure: Top Ethical Challenges in Clinical Practice

Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT, holds an MA in counseling psychology and a PhD in couple and family therapy from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lind Seal teaches ethics at two universities and regularly conducts trainings on ethics and cross-cultural issues at the local, regional and national level. She is currently adjunct associate professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and core ethics faculty (adjunct) at Chaminade University of Honolulu. She has extensive training in teaching and learning: at Saint Mary’s she was a Teaching Fellow (2013-2014), and she completed the Preparing Future Faculty Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota in 2014.

Dr. Lind Seal’s research has been published in Psychology Today, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Process. She has published several case studies and an ethics focused "In Consultation" piece in the Psychotherapy Networker and has reviewed for The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (UK). She is currently conducting a scholarship of teaching and learning research project examining the impact of her cultural context ethical decision-making model on graduate students’ cultural growth and ethical decision-making at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Dr. Lind Seal’s professional memberships are with the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy, for which organizations she has created, presented and recorded numerous trainings and webinars on a variety of ethical issues. She has been participating in ongoing monthly anti-racism groups through NEAFAST for the last three years.

She has a completely virtual private practice where she works with individuals, couples and family, and offers ethics consultations to colleagues. She has been interviewed as a content expert by MPR,, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune and has for the last 9 years has been a regular on-air contributor on Relationship Reboot, a weekly segment on relationships on WCCO TV’s Channel 4 (CBS Twin Cities).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kirsten Lind Seal maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Chaminade University of Honolulu and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Kirsten Lind Seal is a member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a contributor/creator of segments on Mid-morning WCCO TV And of The New England Association For Family And Systemic Therapy.