Katherine Dawn Gimmestad
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Dr. Katherine Gimmestad is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience and extensive training in research. She has authored peer-reviewed articles in her discipline, and adheres closely to an evidence-based, scientific model in working with her patients. Dr. Gimmestad finds much reward in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Depression and Anxiety with evidence-based approaches. She has also been affected by autism, having two children on the spectrum and is happy to help other parents undergoing stress related to this diagnosis in their child.
Dr. Gimmestad has received advanced training in Exposure and Response Prevention (for OCD), Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. She has also received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Gimmestad is also available to consult regarding autism and potential therapies.
Dr. Gimmestad's intention is to accurately identify goals, as determined by the patient, and make concrete progress towards those goals. Many times she has heard from patients that they had a former therapist that was "nice, but we didn't accomplish anything." Dr. Gimmestad aims for her patients to obtain newfound skills, strength and knowledge.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Years of Experience: 12 years
Battle Creek Veterans Administration, Clinical Psychologist, 2012 - 2022
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Ph.D., 2011
University of Michigan, B.S. in Biopsychology, 1998