Kierst Finsand

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Hello, there!  I come to the University of Maine on my journey to completing my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.  In my personal life, I love traveling, reading, running, and exploring my surroundings outdoors.  I also love listening to orchestral music, and pick my oboe to play every now and then.

What has been your most embarrassing moment (either at work or play)?

Nearly all of my most embarrassing moments involve locking my keys in my car.  The most embarrassing of all happened when I locked my keys in while the car was still running, and blocked several people from leaving a parking lot until AAA came to rescue me.  Thankfully, everyone was understanding, but I was certainly so embarrassed!

What is your favorite comfort food?

Lefse, a type of Norwegian potato flatbread smothered in butter and brown sugar.

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Although there are many places on my travel wishlist, Eastern Africa would be at the top!

Your favorite quote…

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” -Brene Brown

Role in the Center

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Areas of interest

Although I value working with a wide variety of presenting concerns, some of my interest areas include grief and loss, identity exploration, self-worth, depression and anxiety, gender and sexuality, and identity exploration.  I utilize a Person-Centered framework and integrate aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to encourage individuals towards their goals.

Degrees Awarded

Psy.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, University of of St. Thomas, MN

M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, MN

B.A., Psychology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College, MN

Memberships: American Psychological Association, Minnesota Psychological Association, Minnesota Women in Psychology