About Dr. Kabuye
About Dr. Kabuye
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. I was trained in a Family Systems perspective, which means that I am aware of the multiple systems affecting clients. My theoretical orientation is interpersonal psychotherapy; and, I use the therapy relationship as a vehicle for change.
During my training, my practica included working with autistic children, running social skills groups, working in community mental health settings, working in an eating disorder treatment center, and doing individual and group work at a number of universities. I completed my pre-doctoral psychology internship at the University of Southern California where I worked with college students with a variety of presenting concerns (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress and coping, identity concerns, family of origin issues, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, body image, and trauma). I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stony Brook, University in Long Island, New York, where I piloted a Peace with Food and Body Image group for those with disordered eating (e.g. binge eating, compensatory behaviors) and body image distress. Most recently, at the University of Washington, I started a therapy group for women of color. My training and life experiences have also equipped me to integrate Christian spirituality (when desired), explore racial and ethnic diversity, and process immigration and acculturation concerns.
What to Expect
I create a warm, safe environment for you to explore the vulnerable details of your life. I view therapy as a collaborative process, in which you can give me feedback about what you feel is working best. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology, which is the highest degree a therapist can have; but I also see you as the expert in your life, most intimately acquainted with your own struggles. I sometimes infuse humor and I have a laid-back, personable approach.
I may have many questions in the first several sessions, which are used as a time to assess your symptoms and needs, as well as become acquainted with you and your story. As sessions continue, you will be encouraged to come in to therapy with a sense of where you would like to begin... even if during the course of the session you meander to other areas or topics. Developing a goal for your therapy, will help you make the best use of your time. Keep in mind it is normal to be nervous the first few sessions! It is also helpful to realize that starting therapy can result in a wave of relief for some, who have been holding onto a number of troubles. For others, it can initially feel like symptoms (which had been pushed down for so long) worsen, before symptom relief is experienced.