Contact Kari Kagan, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 27544 (415) 494-7041 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Kagan sees patients in our Oakland location
About Dr. Kagan
My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative, empathic, and oriented toward achieving the results my clients desire. I provide my clients with skills to increase awareness of and change problematic patterns that can lead to feeling stuck. Left unaddressed, these patterns can take a toll on relationships, work, health, and self-esteem. My goal is to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, and supportive space for exploration and change and to help people get back to living a more meaningful and enjoyable life. In addition, while historically the field of psychology has embraced a medical model that emphasizes pathology and deficits, in my practice, I emphasize a “strength-based” approach to treatment in which I help clients identify and build from strengths, resiliency, and other positive qualities they already have, and use those to overcome obstacles.
I enjoy working with adults, and draw from a variety of evidence-based approaches to psychotherapy to provide the most effective treatments. I use a flexible approach in order to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Mood Disorders (depression and bipolar disorder)
Anxiety Disorders (worry, panic, phobias, social anxiety, OCD, stress)
Substance abuse (alcohol and other drugs)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
CBT for Insomnia
Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure (for trauma)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness strategies
Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy
Education and Training
I earned my doctorate in psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles and my post-doctoral training in private practice in San Francisco. My other clinical experiences include providing evidence-based treatments in outpatient clinics at the Palo Alto VA, San Jose Job Corps, and the San Francisco VA. In addition, for four years I researched methods of substance abuse prevention for college students. Prior to graduate school, I worked at a residential adolescent drug rehabilitation center in Malibu, CA. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.