Kayoko Yokoyama, Ph.D. -- Licensed Psychologist
I am dedicated to working with clients to face the challenges that life may bring with respect and compassion. I use my knowledge and training to create a safe space for you to explore your challenges in the context of your strengths while taking the full complexity of who you are into consideration. I balance my traditional psychological and scientific training by grounding my work firmly within a sociocultural context. I utilize a strength-based, integrative approach informed by multicultural and feminist perspectives.
I am a licensed psychologist in California (PSY20042) and work with individuals who face a range of issues related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, grief, family-work-life balance, career counseling, and stress management. I have specialized training in working individually with adults and young adults on a range of multicultural issues. I also have extensive experience working with clinicians-in-training and graduate/medical students who may be required or encouraged to engage in personal psychotherapy to prepare for their careers as medical and mental health professionals.
The Story of Daruma
Daruma is a traditional Japanese doll symbolizing optimism, strength, and determination. The saying goes that you fall seven times but get up on the eighth. It is weighted at the bottom so even if it is knocked over, it always stands back up. Everyone has the experience of being knocked down by life. Finding support through our connection with others and through psychotherapy can be a way of reconnecting with our strength and hope for the future.