“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
-Francis of Assisi
Hello and welcome! My name is Krista Brittain, and I am a licensed clinical psychologist in West Des Moines, IA. Thanks so much for visiting our website. As a psychologist, I provide consultation, therapy, and assessment services. You can find some more information about therapy and assessment on the Services page. Please note, however, that I am not currently taking new referrals for therapy . If you are in search of a therapist, I would be happy to refer you to excellent clinicians in the area. Currently, we are scheduling assessment (not therapy) appointments in late spring and early summer of 2020. Please call to learn more about the assessment process or to schedule an appointment. If you are a future client, I look forward to meeting you! My office is located within Advanced Wellness: 950 Office Park Road, Suite 221 West Des Moines, IA 50265. Our phone number is (515) 868-2753, and the fax is (844) 400-6505.
Notes about winter appointments
*It is winter in Iowa, and the weather can be unpredictable. If you are unable to make your appointment due to inclement weather, please let us know as soon as possible. Dr. Brittain will extend the same courtesy.
*Additionally, winter weather comes cold and flu season. Therapy and assessment are hard work and use a lot of energy. When you are ill, your energy needs to go toward physical healing. If you have stayed home from work or school due to illness, it is best to reschedule your appointment with Dr. Brittain so you can take good care of yourself. Dr. Brittain will extend the same courtesy if she is ill.
A note from Dr. Brittain:
I am very happy to continue practicing in the Des Moines area, where I have been since 2011. Prior to that I practiced at Trinity Hospital in Minot, North Dakota. I went to school at the University of Denver and interned at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. My practice includes both therapy and assessment, both of which I enjoy very much, and I work with children, adults, couples, and families for a variety of concerns.
In the assessment process, we focus on helping people and families understand themselves better through formal and informal tests and assessment measures. This is an exciting process for me, because it is a delight to get to no people so profoundly and to help people be curious about themselves and why they work in the ways they do. Assessment tends to be a shorter-term process, although some people choose to do therapy once their assessment is completed.
Therapy can be relatively brief, but for many people tends to involve a longer-term relationship. In therapy, we work on the concerns you bring to each session, although there are certainly some themes that emerge in the process. You may be coming to me with a specific concern or a prior diagnosis (such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties) or something more general (such as feeling unhappy or wanting to grow in some way). We can work on whatever brings you in, and often as we work together, we find more specific ways to work well together. I do not believe that there is a "one size fits all" approach to therapy, so we will give a lot of effort to begin our work together by building a solid relationship and then being flexible enough to find and address what you need from the therapy process.
For more information about therapy and assessment, see the Services page (click link below).
Need a copy of the HIPAA form, Release of Information, or New Client paperwork? Go to the Forms page (click below).