Kathleen Kawamura, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Kathleen Kawamura, PhDClinical Psychologist

***I am no longer taking new clients at this time. If you are a previous client and have any questions or concerns that can be addressed with a phone consultation, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or voicemail.***

   

Welcome!  I am a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders and stress management. My services may be of help to you if you find that you or someone you care about is struggling with:

  • Panic attacks
  • Social anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Chronic worrying/Generalized Anxiety Disorder/Stress
  • Phobias
  • Parenting stress
  • Work Stress
  • Adjustment difficulties (e.g., new job, moving out of town, graduating)

      * I do not treat PTSD as there are specialized treatments and strategies that have proven 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: 

  • Insomnia
  • Perfectionism
  • Depression
  • Habit change (e.g., skin picking, nail biting, procrastination)
  • Unhealthy relationship patterns/difficulties developing social relationships
  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Self-development/self-esteem/self-understanding
  • 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 adolescents whose main issue is anxiety with no significant behavioral problems. 

 

Therapy tends to be short-term as most clients experience a significant improvement in their distress within 6 to 12 sessions. My job is to provide treatment in an efficient manner and to transfer my expertise to you so that eventually you are able to rely less on therapy and more on your own skills and knowledge. 

 

My general approach to psychotherapy can be described as insight-guided cognitive-behavioral therapy and reflects the theories and techniques of mainstream, scientifically-validated psychotherapies. The process is insight-guided because I believe it is important to develop an understanding regarding the sources of distress, which can be therapeutic in itself. The sources can be physiological, psychological, social, or emotional and can be related to past or current life experiences. This process also informs my treatment recommendations. My primary therapeutic approach is cognitive-behavioral in that an important component of treatment is the implementation of proven strategies to shift how you think (cognitive) and how you act (behavioral) to manage how you feel (emotional).

 

Cognitive behavioral therapies have proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and I have found that clients appreciate the cognitive-behavioral approach because the treatment is straight-forward, effective, and empowering.   

Contact Information

Kathleen Kawamura, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

PSY 19507

 

Phone: 949-422-7185

E-mail: Kathy@DrKathyK.com