Dr. Kristina Harter believes in people’s resilience. After 20 years in the field of psychology and over 14,000 hours of direct clinical experience, she has a deep appreciation for her patients’ courage and capacity for change. As a clinical psychologist, she has expertise in the assessment and treatment of common psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression. As a scientist-practitioner, her research on emotions and relationships informs her clinical practice. She takes a nonjudgmental, developmental approach to understanding the origins of emotional pain, and she is trained in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems approaches to treatment. Her style is personable and she views each patient as a key resource and collaborator in the course of their treatment.
Dr. Harter received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed post-doctoral training through Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Hospital. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and has held positions in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Please see a detailed account of her work experience in curricula vitae below.
To begin the process, Dr. Harter will talk with you by telephone to provide basic information and to schedule an appointment for an initial assessment. At the end of the first meeting, she offers preliminary diagnostic feedback along with treatment goals and recommendations. Depending upon each patient’s needs, she works in a short-term (3-12 sessions) or a long-term capacity (greater than 12 sessions) and meetings often focus on the process of interpersonal communication, problem-solving and emotion-coping skills, and gaining insight into how past experiences influence the present. Treatment also typically focuses on helping people to reconcile past life choices and experiences so that they may gain ease in their daily lives and greater confidence in their future possibilities.