Kathleen Kawamura, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Kathleen Kawamura, PhDClinical Psychologist 

***I have found telehealth services to be an effective and convenient option, and therefore, I have transitioned to offering only telehealth sessions. If you are unsure whether online video session will work for you, please feel free to contact me to set up a trial session.***

 

 

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:

  • Unwanted, intrusive thoughts/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Excessive anxiety/Panic Disorder
  • Chronic worrying/Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress management
  • I do not typically 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/Self-understanding
  • Parenting stress
  • Work Stress
  • Depression
  • Adjustment difficulties (e.g., job search, pregnancy, relocating, graduating)
  • Unhealthy relationship patterns/difficulties developing social relationships
  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Issues related to race, ethnicity, and culture such as ethnic identity development, adjusting to the U.S., experiences with racism, and cultural conflict
  • School or career concerns/uncertainty regarding your future

I work with adult clients 18 and over.

 

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. Understanding, grieving, and healing from past experiences can also be an important of the process. I also try to help clients recognize and utilize their strengths, their values, and their purpose to support their development.

 

My approach is also acceptance-based in that it encourages mindfulness techniques to help sit with, ride through, and face the discomfort of enotional distress because often the more it 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 emotional distress but are also able to live full and meaningful lives.

 

I am committed to providing an environment that supports, appreciates, and respects the race, color, culture, religion, spiritual practice, sex, age, socioeconomic status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, relationship status or configuration, national origin, and physical and mental abilities of all persons.

 

I also recognize the immense impact systemic racism and oppression have on the wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) lives and recognize that inclusiveness and social justice are ongoing endeavors that require continued training, professional development, and action on my part.

 

Take a look at my website to learn more about me and my approach, then email, call, or fill out the form below to schedule a free phone consultation. The phone consultation will help us determine whether what I have to offer is a good fit for you and your needs. 

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Kathleen Kawamura, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

PSY 19507

(760) 295-3988

 

2604-B El Camino Real

Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

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