More About Krista – MSW, LISW

Krista Sisterhen earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She started her career as a social worker in 1983 by providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families who were active duty with the U.S. Army.  Her experience in substance abuse and PTSD then led her to work with homeless veterans in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Beginning in 2000, Krista expanded her career and joined a private practice where she could offer help to couples.  She was trained as a mediator and provided psychotherapy and mediation services to couples who were contemplating divorce and/or considering how to successfully move forward after infidelity.  Krista uses two complimentary and highly effective therapeutic approaches to support couples: Emotionally-Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method.  For couples considering divorce, but wanting to take one more look at their relationship before making a permanent decision, Krista offers a special approach called Discernment Counseling.  As a Certified Discernment Counselor, Krista provides a short-term process, usually 1-5 sessions, that leads a couple to a well-considered decision to either divorce or pursue marriage counseling with a clear agenda for change.

Krista also works with individuals experiencing addiction, anxiety, depression, or who may be going through a significant life transition related to health, work or family matters. Therapeutic practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as well as mediation guides her approach to responsive, client-centered care.

Krista provides secure video sessions for clients who request service from their home or remote locations. She accepts the following insurance plans:  Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Humana Medicare, Medical Mutual, Ohio Healthy, Optima and Ohio Health Connect.



Master of Social Work,
University of Washington


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy