“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 clients/referrals for therapy . If you are in search of a therapist, I would be happy to refer you to excellent clinicians in the area. Due to COVID-19, I am not scheduling new assessment/testing clients. If you are interested on being on the waitlist, please call to learn more.

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.

Appointments in the midst of COVID-19:

  • Therapy: All appointments are being conducted by telehealth at this time. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Brittain (drkrista@kristabrittainpsyd.com) or the office manager (office.manager@kristabrittainpsyd.com). Because in-person exposure in confined spaces is known to spread COVID-19, in-person therapy appointments will slowly resume at therapist discretion once management/containment of COVID-19 is sustained in Iowa.
  • Testing/Assessment: Testing appointments scheduled in the coming month will be rescheduled. If we have not contacted you, we will do so in the near future. A limited number of in-person testing appointments will be scheduled once COVID-19 is better managed in Iowa (ex: criteria are met for Phase 3 of the CDC's plan to re-open; convergence of the following data points: more than 28 consecutive days of declining new cases, low numbers of new cases by scientific metrics, and/or 28 consecutive days of declining 7-day average of new cases). You are welcome to cancel or reschedule your testing appointment(s) at any time.


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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).​