Kirsten Helgager, Psy.D.
Dr. Kirsten Helgager earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and her Psy.D. at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She completed her internship at Sutter Center for Psychiatry, where she worked in inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings. Following her internship, Dr. Helgager worked in private practice at Applied DBT and received post-doctoral training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with adults, adolescents and families.
She has experience in a variety of settings including schools, residential treatment, inpatient, mental health day programs, juvenile hall, skilled nursing and as a health coach in primary care. She uses a mindfulness-informed approach, with elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her areas of specialty include mood and anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, process addictions, substance abuse, dual diagnosis, self-harm and suicidality.