Kathleen Kawamura, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Kathleen Kawamura, PhDClinical Psychologist 

***I am unable to accept new clients at this time. First available initial appointment is unlikely to be prior to 04/15/2020. All sliding scale slots are full at this time.***

 

 

Welcome!  I am a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of specialized training and experience in anxiety and stress management. My services may be of help to you if you find yourself struggling with:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Excessive anxiety/Panic Disorder
  • Chronic worrying/Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Phobias
  • I do NOT treat PTSD as there are specialized treatments that have proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD, and a therapist with this specialty should be seen.

Issues that I also address as part of treating anxiety are: 

  • Perfectionism
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Parenting stress
  • Work Stress
  • Depression
  • Self-development/self-esteem/self-understanding
  • Adjustment difficulties (e.g., new job, moving out of town, graduating)
  • Unhealthy relationship patterns/difficulties developing social relationships
  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Cross-cultural issues such as ethnic identity, adjusting to the U.S., racism, culture conflict
  • School or career concerns/uncertainty regarding your future

 

I primarily work with adult clients but am able to see older adolescents whose main issue is anxiety with no significant behavioral problems.

 

I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a mainstream, scientifically-validated psychotherapy that has proven to be powerful and effective in the treatment of anxiety. CBT provides specific strategies to address the thoughts, physical feelings, and behaviors that can feed into the debilitating cycle of anxiety. 

 

I also use therapy to help clients develop insight into how anxiety may have developed and how it is currently maintained, which can provide a sense of direction and feelings of hope. I also try to help clients recognize and utilize their strengths, their values, and their purpose to support their progress.

 

My approach also is also acceptance-based in that it incorporates mindfulness techniques to help sit with, ride through, and face the discomfort of anxiety because often the more anxiety is resisted and avoided, the worse it gets.

 

This type of therapy can be empowering and rewarding yet quite challenging, which is why I believe the therapeutic relationship is another important part of the healing process. In my work, I try to foster a relationship that is supportive, empathic, and encouraging. 

 

Ultimately, my goal is to help my clients by individualizing the treatment to their needs and providing strategies, understanding, hope, and encouragement, so that they not only become experts at managing their anxiety but also so that they are able to live full and meaningful lives.

 

Take a look at my website to learn more about me and my approach and whether it will be a good fit for you and your needs. 

Kathleen Kawamura, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

PSY 19507

(760) 295-3988

 

3150 El Camino Real, Suite C Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

Serving Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas