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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.  

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.  Kate has a special interest in working with women to establish and maintain habits in self care that result in healthy families.  Specialties include the support of working mothers, working with women who have had their own complicated attachment histories, and anxiety management during a time when the world is overwhelming and compicated

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, she founded and facilitated the Boulder County PMAD task force,  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.  In addition, she conducts frequent training on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders at hospitals and health centers for obstetricians, pediatricians, educators, doulas, and nurses. .  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

Public Speaking Engagements:

CU Sports Medicine in Partnership with Boulder Community Health:
Women in Sports Medicine: Dancing Through the Ages, 2018

Postpartum Barriers to Success in Exercise

Boulder Community Hospital, 2016
The Nurse’s Role in PMADS: Prevention and Treatment

Postpartum Progress, 2016
Annual Conference
Everyday Self-Care: Honoring Ourselves, Body, and Mind

Postpartum Progress, 2015
Annual Conference
Thriving in Motherhood After Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research, 2015
Intern Training
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Assessment and Treatment Considerations

Boulder Community Hospital, 2015
Perinatal Anxiety: Considerations for Identification, Support, and Referral

Boulder Community Hospital, 2015
PMADS and the Role of the Childbirth Educator: Your Questions Answered
 

Postpartum Support International, 2015                                                       2-Day Certificate Training on PMADS, Boulder, CO
Understanding Community Resources

American Academy of Nurse Midwives, 2014
59th Annual Meeting
Normal Postpartum Adjustment and PMADS: Understanding the Difference

Boulder Community Hospital, 2014
The Childbirth Educators Role in PMAD Prevention

Boulder Community Hospital, 2013
The Nurses Role in PMAD Prevention and Treatment: Education and Support

The Colorado Department of Public Health,  2013
The Maternal Wellness Summit, Denver, CO
Normal Postpartum Adjustment and PMADS: Understanding the Difference

Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research, 2011
Community Psychotherapist Training
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Assessment and Treatment Considerations

Boulder Community Hospital, 2011
Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: The Role of the Pediatric Provider

Boulder Community Hospital, 2010
Talking to Patients about PPD/PPA: Who, What, When, Why, How

Boulder Community Hospital, 2010
Educating Patients about PPD

Boulder Community Hospital, 2009
Postpartum Depression: Identification, Referral, and Treatment

Longmont United Hospital, 2008
Key-note Speaker on PPD Panel    

The Osher Center for Integrative Health, 2008
Produced and moderated a panel on PPD            
San Francisco, CA

 

RELEVANT TRAINING

PESI, 2018                                                                                                   Drs John and Julie Gottman: 10 Core Principles for Effective Couples Therapy

Seleni Institute, 2018                                                                             Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Perinatal Loss and Grief

Monthly Case Consultation, 2012-2016
Karen Kleinman, LCSW
Founder: Postpartum Stress Center

The Postpartum Stress Center, 2014
10-hour advanced clinician PPD Training       

The Postpartum Stress Center, 2013
12-Hour Postgraduate PPD Training                

Postpartum Support International, 2012
2-day certificate training                        

PESI, 2010
Perinatal Mood Disorders:                     
Effectively Assess and Treat
Facilitated by Christina Hibbert, Psy.D.

Neuroscience and the Psychotherapeutic Process,  2008- 2009
Expanding Techniques in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(Focusing on the Neurobiology of Early Attachment)
Taught by Mary-Sue Moore, PhD
Boulder, Colorado

Mood Disorders in Pregnancy and Postpartum, 2007
Taught by Dr. Shoshanna Bennett
San Francisco, CA

Holistic Nutrition for Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum,  2007
Taught by Julie Mathews, Certified Nutritionist
San Francisco, CA