Austin Psychotherapy
Dr. Krista Jordan and Associates

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"Sometimes in life we find ourselves staring up at a huge mountain wondering how we are ever going to get to the top. We may feel like turning back, like the path is too long and too difficult. Or we may not see a path at all and have no idea how to move forward."

I often tell therapy clients that a therapist is like a guide who has climbed that mountain not only once but many, many times and with many people. Someone who knows the best paths, where to stop and rest and where to push forward. Someone who can carry some of the load when you are tired and struggling. A good therapist can help you not only get to the top of that peak but learn along the way how to conquer the peaks that lie beyond.

The benefits of therapy include...

Changes Serotonin Levels

Psychotherapy has been shown to change levels of serotonin, the brain chemical involved in depression. This is the same mechanism that drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor and other SSRI’s work by.

Better Emotional Control

Brain scans have shown that psychotherapy increases the thickness of fibers that connect the frontal lobe to the limbic system. This allows us to better control our emotions and remain calm and not react even when we feel provoked.

Proven Treatments

Studies show that antidepressant medications and psychotherapy both work equally well for psychological problems (this may not apply to some diagnoses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder which have a stronger genetic component).

“Hope begins in the dark. The stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. “

-- Anne Lamott

Dr. Krista Jordan, Psychotherpist

I am a board certified psychologist who treats depression, anxiety, stress, chronic feelings of shame or inadequacy, relationship problems, repeating unhealthy patterns and/or feeling “stuck in a rut.” I have a collaborative approach to therapy and see it as a partnership in which I can educate, support, encourage, and guide clients to improve their lives. There are no guarantees in counseling. However, patients that work with me report that they do get better and almost always achieve the goals they set forth at the beginning of therapy. I hold a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and am board certified.

I have had extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy techniques as well as advanced training in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory.

My basic philosophy is that all humans are imperfect, but that we can grow and change in deep and profound ways given adequate support and guidance.

 

Approach

“I provide psychotherapy for individuals and couples who are seeking to address depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship problems, divorce, ADHD, repeating unhealthy patterns, difficulties in work, addictions, chronic feelings of guilt or inferiority (i.e. never feeling “good enough”), fertility struggles, adoption issues, chronic pain or recovery from a difficult childhood. I have a collaborative approach to therapy and see it as a partnership in which I can educate, support, encourage, and guide clients to improve their lives. There are no guarantees in counseling. However, patients that work withme report that they do get better and almost always achieve the goals they set forth at the beginning of therapy.” — ​Dr. Jordan

Credentials

Dr. Jordan obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1996. She is currently one of only 8 female psychologists in Austin who is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, a certification which takes a minimum of 4 years to complete. She is also one of only two clinicians in Austin who is a Level 3 PACT trained couples therapist. Dr. Jordan has been published in numerous medical and psychology journals and taught graduate level classes at Texas State University. She continues to collaborate with both UT Austin and TSU in ongoing research in medical psychology. Dr. Jordan trains new PhD graduates in her Post-doctoral Residency program and served for many years as an Oral Examiner on the Texas State Board of Examiner’s of Psychologists. She has also been an examiner for the American Board of Professional Psychology and served as the Southwestern Region representative for that organization. She is passionately committed to furthering both her own therapeutic and research skills as well as the profession at large.

Consultation

Research shows that one of the most important qualities in a therapist is that it is someone you feel comfortable with. If you are interested in psychotherapy please email or call the office to set up a FREE consultation appointment. Our group has both evening and Saturday hours for your convenience in Austin and Round Rock. Our practice employs several associates so that collectively we can offer a wide range of services and therapy styles to choose from.  Our associates have training in diverse areas such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment-based therapy, EMDR, PACT, mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, CBT play therapy and support for people in recovery from various addictions.
Best Psychologists in Austin

We Offer Post-Doctoral Residency programs

Our Team

You couldn't be in better hands
Lauren Boyle, Ph.D.
Quintin Bailey, Ph.D.

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Ajara Ledford, MA, LPA
Tina Adkins, MA, MSc, PhD

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www.TinaAdkinsPhD.com

Free Consultation

Email or call us today. Someone will respond within 24 hours. At that time, we can schedule a FREE initial 30-minute consultation or answer any questions you might have.
Nearby landmarks:

Westgate Central Market, Westgate Yoga Yoga, Black Swan Yoga, Castle Dental, Westgate Pet and Bird Hospital, Buffet Palace and the Westgate Theater. Our primary office is located in the Westgate Shopping Center in South Austin. There is also a secondary office in Round Rock.