Kristin Wurster, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist – UCS, Tippie College of Business

Licensed Psychologist

2018 - Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa
2008 – M.A. in Student Development in Postsecondary Education, University of Iowa

Clinical/counseling interests:

I approach counseling primarily from interpersonal and brief psychodynamic lenses, meaning I pay attention to clients’ relationship patterns with others and themselves. I believe many clients come to counseling when behaviors, beliefs, and coping strategies that were previously adaptive are no longer in service of their desired ways of being. I view counseling as a collaborative process. My goal is for clients to feel safe and empowered while they explore and practice new skills and ways of relating with the self and others. For many, I believe counseling can set in motion a journey of self-discovery and understanding that continues after formal sessions end. My clinical interests include interpersonal and relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, identity development, adjustment and transitions, and working with survivors of sexual assault.

Multicultural interests:

I engage in ongoing education and reflection on my identities and the ways they interact with privilege and oppression. I’m interested in hearing from clients which of their identities are most personally salient, and I strive to approach those conversations with care, curiosity, and openness. It’s my aim to proactively address power imbalances in the therapy room. I believe countering oppression and working toward equity must utilize individual and systems-level approaches. I have primarily engaged in social action aiming to increase educational access and persistence, and to decrease sexual violence.

Professional affiliations:

I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) with memberships in Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), and Division 35 (Psychology of Women).