Kathleen Kawamura, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Kathleen Kawamura, PhDClinical Psychologist

Welcome!  I am a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for 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:

  • Stress management
  • Chronic worrying/Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Parenting stress
  • Work Stress
  • Phobias
  • 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 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. Substantial research over the last 30 years has shown that for many people cognitive behavioral therapies are an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, and more recently, mindfulness and acceptance- based approaches have proved to be an effective addition to standard cognitive-behavioral therapy. I have found that many clients appreciate this approach because the treatment is straight-forward and empowering.


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

3150 El Camino Real, Suite C Carlsbad, CA 92008