Kristina Harter is a psychologist with over 20,000 clinical hours and a longstanding expertise in treating anxiety and shame. Her career has been dedicated to bringing depth to therapeutic work and helping clients learn the skills needed to take immediate, actionable steps toward making life changes. This mix is the cornerstone of 1A Wellness’ approach.
She graduated phi beta kappa with highest honors in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UNC-CH under Dr. Frank Floyd (in the lineage of Dr. John Gottman). There, she specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) research, focusing on the immediate process of communication as a means of improving relationships.
After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy through the Program for Psychotherapy (Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital), she spent two years running the couples portion of “The Harvard Study of Adult Development” through Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, before transitioning to private practice to work with adolescents, adults and couples, during which time she pursued additional training in Internal Family Systems (IFS).
In 2019, Dr. Harter launched 1A Wellness to serve more people and to create a collaborative community of like-minded clinicians who can excel in the essential and sustaining work of therapy. She is a principle-based leader and the visionary for 1A Wellness and believes that “good therapy can change the world.”
Kristina is a social scientist whose scholarly work focuses on how small shifts can lead to transformational change, and is also a writer who has documented her own relational experiences for over a decade. She serves as a supervisor, consultant, and IFS coach and conducts short-term therapy and intensives for 1A Wellness.
Originally from South, she is now solidly a New Englander; before the pandemic hit, she was often newly surprised when she returned to her native home and total strangers would say hello on the street.