Kirsten Olson joined Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in January 2019 as a mental health therapist. Kirsten grew up in Gowrie, IA and graduated from Prairie Valley. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Simpson College in sociology and criminal justice and master’s degree at St. Ambrose University in social work. She has worked in a variety of settings including residential care, hospice, outpatient mental health, behavioral intervention services, domestic violence shelters, and youth shelters. Kirsten enjoys working with clients focusing on empowering them to make change of all ages. She has experience working with a variety of struggles in children, adolescents, early and middle adulthood, geriatric, family, marriage, and LGBTQ+. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, sand tray play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy with attachment, aggression replacement training, and a variety of play therapy techniques. Kirsten enjoys spending time with family, reading, playing games, and everything Disney and Harry Potter.