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Jessica T. Kaster, PhD, LP

Mental Health
Living one's life, authentically, based on personal values is often a goal that I pursue with my customers.

Approach To Care

Dr. Kaster listens to what her customers describe is not working in their lives, and what they think would make things better. Together, they build on customer strengths and add strategies or “tools to their toolkit” to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, pain, grief and/or loss.

She has worked with customers from a wide variety of backgrounds, including various cultures (Middle Eastern, Asian, African), varied family backgrounds, people with complex health issues, individuals who have served in our nation’s military, and those with both long-standing and more recently developed mental/behavioral health symptoms.

Dr. Kaster meets primarily with adults, although she will see anyone over age seven including children and adolescents with parent/guardian consent. Professional translators are available for those whose primary language is anything other than English. She also offers interventions for smoking cessation, pain management, and works with customers who have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, asthma and COPD.

Experience

Education

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Clinical/Disaster Mental Health – University of South Dakota

Training

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Dr. Kaster has also volunteered extensively with the American Red Cross and led many trainings across the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota related to Psychological First Aid, Disaster Recovery, and various aspects of trauma work. One special honor was being able to provide mental health response at the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Personal

Dr. Kaster enjoys spending time with her children, exploring activities in the community, playing with her animals (dog, cat, birds, gecko), reading, dreaming of traveling, and cleaning the house – see notation about children and animals!