Karen E. Kersting, PhD, LCP

Assistant Professor


  • Cancer Center - Froedtert Hospital
  • 8800 West Doyne Ave.
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226


  • Behavioral Health

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My approach to patient care starts with understanding the context of a person’s life: current struggles, family and social relationships, values and goals, and strengths and passions. I take an integrative approach to customizing therapy for every patient, collaborating with the patient to find the best fit for establishing goals and structuring sessions. My work is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy practices and supported by interpersonal, acceptance, and motivational approaches, all aimed at reaching patient goals, reducing distress, and improving quality of life.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Panic Disorder

Treatments and Services

  • Adult Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
  • Coping with Emergent Surgery
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Virtual Visit

Patients Ages Seen

  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English

Clinic Locations

Cancer Center - Froedtert Hospital

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Dr. Kersting completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison before attending the University of Minnesota for a master’s degree in counseling and Virginia Commonwealth University for a PhD in Counseling Psychology. She completed psychology fellowship training in Behavioral Medicine at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

Education and Training

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA (2012)
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology - Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA (2015)
Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine - Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dayton - Dayton, OH (2015-2016)