Dr. Ohlenforst is a licensed psychologist specializing in individual and family-based interventions for children, adolescents, and adults. Her primary areas of specialty include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals with Anxiety Disorders and/or OCD, and Parent Consultation for parents of children and adolescents with various emotional and behavioral difficulties. She is trained in SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions; Yale Child Studies Center), an evidence-based parent-based treatment program for parents of children with anxiety and/or OCD. She provides SPACE to parents both individually and in group therapy.
Dr. Ohlenforst received her doctoral degree from the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and subsequently completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Stanford School of Medicine. Shortly after returning to Dallas, Dr. Ohlenforst founded Therapy Dallas, a group practice offering coordinated and comprehensive psychological services for children, adolescents, and adults in the Dallas area. She serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and served for 10 years as the volunteer Dallas Clinical Director of A Home Within, a national nonprofit coordinating provision of pro-bono outpatient psychotherapy to current and former foster youth.
Over the course of her clinical training and education, Dr. Ohlenforst has had the invaluable opportunity to work in diverse therapeutic settings, with a wide variety of diagnoses, and in close collaboration with psychiatrists, physicians, teachers, and family members. She is licensed in both Texas and California, and able to practice telepsychology in any/all PSYPACT-participating states.
As co-author of Moose the Worry Mutt Goes to Doggie Daycare, a therapeutic children’s picture book teaching children how to “bark back” at their worries, Dr. Ohlenforst enjoys speaking to groups of parents, students, and professionals on topics related to identifying and managing childhood anxiety. More broadly, she enjoys speaking on a variety of topics pertinent to healthy child and adolescent development, focusing on accessible and effective strategies for parents and children alike. Additionally, she speaks Spanish fluently.
Outreach & Collaboration
Dr. Ohlenforst welcomes invitations to present to and collaborate with audiences comprised of students, parents, faculty, and/or professionals. Please contact our office at 214-755-6119 or via firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
Licensure and Education
Texas License #34408
California License #21664
Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Design
Dr. Ohlenforst facilitates our below groups:
Additional resources by Dr. Ohlenforst:
Minds & Mics Podcast
Dr. Nick Wignall, creator of Minds&Mics Podcast, invites Dr. Kristen Ohlenforst to discuss childhood anxiety. Subsequently, Nick and Kristen engage in a candid conversation recounting their own “embarrassing blunders” and “tricks of the trade” as psychologist-parents.