Kathleen Kawamura, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Kathleen Kawamura, PhDClinical Psychologist 

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.


My general approach to psychotherapy can be described as an insight-guided cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with a focus on mindfulness and acceptance based strategies. This approach reflects the theories and techniques of mainstream, scientifically-validated psychotherapies. I have found that many clients appreciate this approach because the treatment is straight-forward, goal-oriented, and empowering.


My goal is to help you through this challenging yet rewarding process by individualizing the treatment to your needs, helping you develop an expertise in managing your anxiety, and encouraging you to consistently apply these strategies so that you can live a full and meaningful life. 


Take a look at my website to learn more about this approach, my interpretation of it, and whether it will be a good fit for you.   

Kathleen Kawamura, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

PSY 19507

(760) 295-3988


Carlsbad office: 3150 El Camino Real, Suite C Carlsbad, CA 92008


San Marcos office: 100 East San Marcos Blvd, Suite #404 San Marcos, CA 92069


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