As clinical supervisor of the After-School Intensive Outpatient Programs with PrairieCare Medical Group, Dr. Ristau supports her staff in excelling with the provision of a team-based group facilitated mental health service designed and shown effective in promoting growth and progress of areas affected by emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. She additionally provides organization wide training and consultation regarding use of integrative modalities throughout different levels of care. Dr. Ristau also maintains a limited outpatient psychotherapy practice through the PrairieCare Medical Group’s Center for Integrative Mental Health with emphasis upon working with children, teenagers, and their parents. Areas of expertise include mood disorders (e.g., depression), anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder), ADHD, high functioning developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, habit/tic disorders, psychosomatic or stress-related disturbances, chronic/acute pain and medical procedural stress, as well as core daily functioning challenges such as those related to toileting, sleeping, or eating difficulties.
Dr. Ristau additionally maintains a private LLC business through which she enjoys tackling projects involving consultation, training, writing, and advisory-type roles such as for product development related to her areas of expertise. She publishes regular blogs related to her areas of expertise and has been featured as a pediatric mental health expert on multiple television appearances. Dr. Ristau is married with two children and is the first to admit that she is regularly humbled by the challenges and joys found with being a parent and spouse. She prioritizes taking active steps to keeping life grounded, real, healthy, and fun. Laughter and love are at the center of her daily living.