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kristina ward
Harrison, Manhattan
New York
Therapy Types:
Couples, Family, Group, Individual, Parent Coaching
Therapy Methods:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Kristina Ward, LMSW

Kristina Ward earned her MSW in Advanced Clinical Practice from Columbia University where she was one of 13 students invited to train intensively at the school’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Lab and at the Linehan Institute which certifies Comprehensive DBT therapists.

She works with couples, individuals and with families of emotionally dysregulated adolescents, supporting clients from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and from within the LGBTQ+ community. Kristina works with clients experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, self-harm, addiction, suicidality, borderline personality disorder, grief, and relationship struggles, with an emphasis on couples, discernment counseling, compassionate divorce, and collaborative co-parenting.

Kristina is committed to helping clients become more skillful in realizing their full potential and in claiming a vibrant life worth living. In addition to DBT, she is an experienced therapist in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), trauma therapy, positive psychology, and Gottman Method.

Kristina studied Philosophy and Humanities at UCLA as an undergraduate and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Social Workers, (NASW), and the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT). Kristina volunteers at the Crisis Text Line and at the National Suicide Hotline (988) where she has engaged with hundreds of teens in crisis, holding space with them as they recognize their own agency and the capacity to do hard things. For the past 12 years she has counseled adolescents, couples and families through the Relief Society, the nation’s oldest and largest women’s organization. Kristina lives with her teenage sons in NYC, serves on the DEI committees of their two high schools, and is committed to anti-racism and combating the oppression of marginalized communities.