Dr. Kristen Menke earned both her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has worked primarily with adults in outpatient settings, including college counseling centers, Veterans' Affairs clinics, hospital-based women's health and wellness facilities, and private practice.
Dr. Menke works with both men and women ages 14 and older, and is able to provide individual and couples therapies as well as assessments for adolescent and adult ADHD. She welcomes clients from all cultural backgrounds and youth/adults who are LGBTQIA.
Dr. Menke typically conducts clinical work from experiential and client-centered frameworks, most commonly employing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She also integrates techniques from other approaches when appropriate, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Dr. Menke enjoys working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, phase of life/transitional issues, and identity concerns. She is open to seeing clients for brief, solution-focused treatment or more open-ended therapy.
Dr. Menke is married to Dr. Brandon Menke, an ophthalmology resident at Palmetto Health Richland and WJB Dorn VA. They live in Blythewood with their cat, "Flanagan".