Krista Brittain, Psy.D.

Assessment and Consultation Clinical Psychologist

“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” 

-Francis of Assisi

Hello & Welcome!

My name is Krista Brittain, and I am a licensed psychologist in West Des Moines, IA.  Thanks so much for visiting!  As a clinical psychologist, I currently provide consultation and assessment services (non-forensic only).  I am not offering therapy services at this time.  You can find some more information about the assessment I offer and about therapy in general on the Services page.


To speak with Julie (office manager) regarding scheduling, fill out the online form at  You can also call 515-267-1996 (office staff line) or 515-868-2753 (voicemail only).  Please leave a voicemail, as staff is often assisting other callers.  Fax number: 844-400-6505.  

Assessment Waitlist Information

The assessment waitlist is closed at this time. We will take waitlist requests on Tuesday, August 6, 2024 from 8am-10am.  You can make a waitlist request by completing our webform, which can be found here:  All assessment waitlist requests will be reviewed, and staff will contact you to let you know if you will be placed on the waitlist.  If you are not placed on the waitlist, you will be provided with referrals.

If you are in search of a therapist, contact your primary care provider or insurance company for referrals.

Appointments as COVID-19 Ebbs and Flows


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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 has included both therapy and assessment over the years, both of which I enjoy very much, and I work with children, adults, couples, and families for a variety of concerns.  Currently, I am offering assessment and consultation services.

In the assessment process, we use a process called Therapeutic Assessment (TA) and truly work as a team to answer your questions about yourself or your child.  Through TA, individuals and families work to understand themselves better and make change through formal and informal tests and assessment measures.  This is an exciting process for me, because it is a delight to get to know 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, usually lasting 2-4 months

Although I'm not currently accepting new thearpy clients, it can be helpful to know a bit about my approach. 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 and themes that emerge through the therapy process.  You may be coming in 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.  I may resume more therapy services in the future; however, my therapy practice is closed indefinitely at this time.

Disclaimer: Dr. Brittain's office is located at the same address as Resilience Therapy + Assessment Service.  Dr. Brittain is not affiliated with the other clinicians at this location.

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