Dr. Ristau specializes in pediatric/clinical child psychology. Licensed since 2004, she provides comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations, consultation, and treatment guidance as part of her clinical practice. Her emphasis is upon empowering children and their families with effective mind-body-behavior tools by tapping into their natural capabilities in building a strong mental health foundation. The focus is upon self-care, coping and self-regulation strategies. She enjoys working within a team setting focused upon integrative health. Outside of her clinic work, Dr. Ristau also maintains her private LLC business through which she enjoys providing consultation, training and other advisory type roles as related to her areas of expertise. She enjoys both the clinical team aspects of her work as well as opportunities for staff development and training to support professional and personal growth.
Dr. Ristau’s core work uses evidence-based practices called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Behavioral Therapy, individualized to each case. Following initial assessment, her interventions tend to focus upon proactive strategies and skills training to assist with shaping behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Mindfulness based practices are included where possible. A primary goal is to help children and their families integrate various resources and approaches in an effective and consistent manner. She also emphasizes a safe and comfortable setting for interpersonal support and growth, strengthening the mind, body, and spirit collectively.
Dr. Ristau is married and has two young children. She enjoys laughter, especially, and taking active steps to keep life as grounded, authentic, healthy, and fun as possible.
Post-Doctoral Training and Fellowship: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Missouri
Doctoral Training: Auburn University, Alabama
Master’s Degree: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bachelor’s Degree: College of St. Beneedict, Minnesota
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist
SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Diagnostic Clarification for Depressive and Anxiety disorders
High Functioning Autism
Learning Style and Memory
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Habit Issues (hair pulling, skin picking)