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What truly sets her apart is her profound commitment to herself to be the best therapist and the best person she can be at all times.
— Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW
 

Kate Kripke, LCSW

303-586-1564     |     kate@pwcboulder.com

Kate has been working with individuals and groups in periods of transition and change for over 17 years.  After growing up in New York City and graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she moved to South Africa.  There, she began her professional journey as an advocate for community building, leadership development, health and wellness, and personal growth.  After four years in South Africa working as a teacher, guidance counselor, community organizer, and Outward Bound instructor, Kate returned to the U.S. to continue her work with Outward Bound in the public schools of New York City. Several years later, she went on to receive a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College.  Since that time, Kate has worked in New York, San Francisco, and Boulder as an educator, program designer, psychotherapist, and wellness consultant with adolescents, families, individuals, and groups.  Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Colorado.  She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Kate has extensive training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and is committed to supporting women and families through the challenges associated with the adjustment to parenthood. Kate founded the Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder in an effort to bring skilled and appropriate perinatal mental health support to women and families around Boulder County. Kate uses a variety of support modalities in her work with women and families including CBT, IPT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.  Her approach tends to be solution-focused in nature and she holds a strong commitment to seeing each therapy participant as his/her own expert.  

Outside of her practice, Kate has coordinated a project through Boulder County Public Health that focuses on promoting early detection and treatment of postpartum depression.  In addition, she conducts frequent training on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders at hospitals and health centers for obstetricians, pediatricians, educators, doulas, and nurses. She is a state coordinator for Postpartum support International,  and she sits on the Pregnancy-Related Depression State Advisory Committee convened by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Kate is committed to reducing the stigma and shame surrounding postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).  

Kate’s road to wellness includes long distance running, surfing, hiking, mountain climbing, high altitude trekking, yoga, breathing and mindfulness meditation, and spending needed time with her friends and husband.  She is also the mother of two daughters.

Licensure
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies LCSW # 1669

Education
M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass
B.A. Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Professional Memberships/ Affiliations
National Association of Social Workers
Postpartum Support International
North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Marce Society
The Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health
The Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research

Regular contributor to Postpartum Progress