West Des Moines, Iowa

Dr. Krista Brittain, PsyD


Greetings! I am Krista Brittain. I grew up in various parts of Iowa and graduated from high school in Boone. I attended the University of Iowa for my undergraduate education, majoring in Psychology and Dance, and the University of Denver in Colorado for my graduate work in Clinical Psychology. I completed my internship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and my post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity Hospital in Minot, North Dakota. After having lived elsewhere for several years, I can honestly say it is a joy to be close to my family and friends! When I am not working, I enjoy watching football, being active, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

I have been incredibly blessed in a number of ways in my life, not the least of which is the opportunity to have found a career I am so inspired by. I am proud and honored to do my life’s work as a psychologist. I have experience working with individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples, families, and community groups/organizations. I enjoy opportunities to get out into the community by providing educational programs. In the office, I have interest in working with a broad spectrum of people and concerns. I speak both English and Spanish in my therapy practice, and I treat many types of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties/concerns, communication, sexuality, identity concerns, personality patterns and disorders, attention difficulties, coping with traumatic experiences, grief/loss, life stress, and others.

In my approach to clinical work, I believe that a solid understanding of oneself is the key to good mental and emotional health. This typically involves discussing thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships as well as cultural variables and past experiences. I believe that it is of the utmost importance for me to get to know you as a person before I can be helpful to you, so I also focus quite a bit of attention on the therapeutic relationship itself. I also believe that mental/emotional health is only one part of overall health. Therefore, we may discuss other aspects of health, such as physical health, spiritual health, relational health, etc.

In addition to therapy/counseling, I also specialize in educational, cognitive, diagnostic, and psychological testing. Testing can help you identify and better understand attention difficulties and/or ADHD, Autism spectrum symptoms (including Asperger’s and Pervasive Developmental Disorders), learning difficulties (ex: math, reading, “dyslexia”), mood or anxiety symptoms, and other symptoms or diagnoses. Testing can also help to illuminate personality and relationship patterns that may be contributing to stress or difficulties.

I look forward to an opportunity to work with you whether for therapy, testing, or a community-based presentation! Please contact Glen Haven if you have any questions or to request service or a presentation.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Psychology (B.A.) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (M.A.) Univeristy of Denver, Denver, CO
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • State of Iowa Licenses as Clinical Psychologist and Health Services Provider
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the Iowa Psychological Association
  • Member of the Society for Personality Assessment
  • ​Member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists