Krista Jordan, PhD

Krista Jordan, PhD


Texas license #26883 from the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council
Board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialty in Clinical Psychology
”Level 3 Trained” status in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy

Areas of Focus:

  • Couples therapy Including LGBTQ+ populations and consensual non-monogamous partners
  • Attachment-based therapy for healing growing up in a dysfunctional home and to correct poor relationship templates that cause repeated unhealthy relationships
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, existential concerns, personality problems 
  • Interpersonal neurobiology for learning better stress management, emotional regulation, and improved physical health
  • Life transitions support for new parents, people post-divorce, empty-nesters, and aging adults adjusting to retirement


PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas – Summa Cum Laude
BA in Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs – Summa Cum Laude

Krista’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Dr. Jordan is highly experienced with treating relationship issues using an attachment approach. She also has extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy for issues of self-esteem, personality disorders, behavioral addictions, family of origin issues including alcoholism and other substance abuse problems, recovering from a dysfunctional childhood, and re-patterning adult attachment. Dr. Jordan also incorporates Interpersonal Neurobiology into her treatment and teaches a course in Interpersonal Neurobiology to high school students in Austin as a way to “pay it forward” and help teens learn good mental health habits. 

While working exclusively with adults at this time Dr. Jordan was also trained to work with children and worked at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, the Dallas County Juvenile Department, and the Texas Youth Commission. These experiences, as well as seeing children and teens for play and talk therapy in the first half of her career, gave her a keen insight into attachment and personality development as well as family dynamics. 

Dr. Jordan has also studied personality assessment/testing extensively at the graduate and post-graduate levels. She taught assessment at Texas State University in the Masters’ program and also and teaches individual and couples therapy and personality assessment at the post-doctoral level. She is an international sought-out consultant for attachment-based couples therapy using the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy. Dr. Jordan has gained experience working with challenging clients through her private practice, teaching at the university level, publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals, and providing consultation to medical and mental health professionals.

Learn more about Krista on her website.

Published Articles:

  • Howard, K., Castaneda, R., Gray, A., Haskard-Zolneirek, K. and Jordan, K. Psychosocial factors related to functional restoration treatment completion and return-to-function for patients with chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2017, 59(3):320-326
  • Arteta, J., Cobos, B., Hu, Y., Jordan, K.D., Howard, K. Evaluation of How Depression and Anxiety Mediate the Relationship between Pain Catastrophizing and Prescription Opioid Misuse in a Chronic Pain Population. Pain Medicine 2016, 17 (2): 295-303.
  • Jordan, K.D., Mayer, T.G. and Gatchel, R.D., Should Extended Disability Be an Exclusion Criterion for Tertiary Rehabilitation? Spine 1998, 23 , 2110-2117.
  • Mayer, T.G., Gatchel, R.D. and Jordan, K.D. Outcomes of Early vs. Late Intervention in Chronically Disabled Patients. Spine Letter, 1996, 3, 1-2.
  • Jordan, K.D. Length of Disability in the Rehabilitation of Chronic Spinal Disordered Patients: Treatment Outcomes and Psychological Descriptors. Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 1996.