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 sessions 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 helping individuals work through anxiety, depression, and more general life issues. My services may be of help to you if you find yourself struggling with:

  • Anxiety
    • Unwanted, intrusive thoughts/OCD
    • Panic attacks
    • Chronic worrying
    • Social anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Adjustment difficulties (e.g., job search, pregnancy, relocating, graduating)
  • Unhealthy relationship patterns/difficulties developing social relationships
  • Issues related to race, ethnicity, and culture


I work with adults 18 and over.


I find that most people come into therapy hoping to alleviate intense emotional distress, and for this, I offer cognitive behavioral strategies that have been found to be highly effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression. These strategies focus on the thoughts, physical feelings, and behaviors that can feed into emotional distress.  


I have found, though, that therapy is often about more than just symptom relief. Therapy is also about finding ways to sit with, ride through, or face uncomfortable emotions as they come up because often attempts to resist these emotions leads to more suffering. Leaning into painful emotions with curiosity and compassion can be a challenging experience, and therefore, I try to foster a relationship that is supportive, empathic, and encouraging. 


I also try to help my clients become more aware of their beliefs, their needs, their patterns, and the ways in which they are influenced by the world around them. Understanding, grieving, and healing from painful experiences from the past can also be an important part of therapy.


Ultimately, my hope is to help you uncover your strengths while making peace with your vulnerabilities so that you may live a full and meaningful life. To do this, I will work with you to develop a plan based on your own unique circumstance, goals, and values.


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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***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.***

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