Strength-based, goal oriented psychotherapy in downtown Northampton.

Kristen Joyce has been working as a psychotherapist in Northampton since 2007 and has more than 15 years of clinical experience. She works with people of all ages individually, in couples or in family work to explore the circumstances leading to current issues and create a personalized plan for treatment. Kristen works flexibly within different therapeutic perspectives to help people recognize and use their own innate strengths to decrease excessive experience of negative emotions, effectively manage conflicts in their lives, and generally increase enjoyment in life and confidence in their own wellness and wisdom.


Kristen was a member of ServiceNet’s DBT team 2011to 2017 and has been working in private practice since 2010. Her treatment style is eclectic, and is influenced by DBT’s non-judgemental balance of change and acceptance as well as it’s mindfulness and holistic focus. Kristen also has experience using CBT, ACT and various trauma recovery and behavioral modification techniques to assist people in making the changes they desire in their lives.

Kristen specializes in working with individuals struggling with a number of issues, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship conflicts, grief, bi-polar disorder, dietary problems, substance abuse, self-harm, transitional issues (ie emotional difficulties which sometimes occur during a divorce, transition to or from college, etc.), stress management, suicidality, adoption issues, PTSD, ADHD and familial communication issues.

Kristen is founder and facilitator of Northampton Center for DBT. The mission of the center is to  bring the life-changing skills of DBT to the community. DBT was created by Marsha Linehan ( as a treatment program intended to support individuals dealing with chronic emotional, relational and behavioral instability. Studies have shown this non-judgemental, goal oriented and supportive treatment to be helpful for all individuals and Northampton Center for DBT’s skills training classes provide the information you need to create change in your life.   

Kristen works with a number of insurance panels, accepts payment through cash, personal check and paypal, and can accommodate most scheduling needs including morning, evening and weekends.