Cara M. Crisson, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist focused on helping adults and older adolescents. She utilizes an evidence-based and holistic approach to helping her client manage an array of psychological concerns. She takes into consideration the whole person including each person’s environment and perceptions of challenging situations. In addition, her approach to therapy is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also incorporates elements of mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Adlerian Therapy. Therapy with Dr. Crisson combines collaboration and structured guidance which allows for flexibility and encourages self-efficacy.
Dr. Crisson specializes in helping clients struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger management, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), insomnia, brain injuries, and problematic sexual behaviors. She also has expertise providing personality, intellectual, and cognitive assessments.
Dr. Crisson’s professional background includes community mental health centers, hospitals, civil commitment programs, and correctional institutions. She is skilled in working with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community.
A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Cara Crisson earned her B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Professional Counseling, and Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University. She relocated to northern Minnesota, where she learned cold-weather survival and even tried curling (it didn’t go so well). Dr. Crisson enjoys live music, travel, hockey, and being a dog-mom.