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Kayleigh Watters, Ph.D


Work Experience

Areas of Focus:

Approach & Style:

- Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD
- Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, BPD
- Sexual Abuse and Assault
- OCD 
- Warm and relational
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Prolonged Exposure
- Cognitive Processing Therapy


- Ph.D in Clinical Psychology
- M.A., M.S. in Clinical Psychology
- B.A in Psychology

Hi, I'm Kayleigh  (PSY34749)

I am very excited to support you on this journey to empowerment and recovery of trauma symptoms. I understand that talking about traumatic experiences can be really scary. My approach to therapy is very open, collaborative, and flexible. We work together as a team to find the best approach for your concerns.

In healing from traumatic events, collaboration is essential and at the heart of my approach. I believe that every person’s experience of trauma is unique, and so too is their journey towards recovery. Together, we will work to understand what happened, how it’s affecting your daily life, and how I can support you. 

I am passionate about evidence-informed approaches, which are backed by research and clinical expertise. I am dedicated to making this a goal-focused and client-specific journey, though the details of the journey vary from person to person.

I will create a brave space where you can feel comfortable, safe and not judged for your experiences. I will teach you skills and processing techniques to help you heal. Additionally, my approach often includes out-of-session exercises designed to have a real impact on your day-to-day life.

Ultimately, the collaborative goal of therapy is to reduce suffering, enabling you to redirect your energy towards what truly matters to you. I will be by your side, ensuring that your unique journey towards healing is marked by progress, growth, and recovery.

I offer the following evidence-based treatments,

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • Prolonged Exposure (PE)

  • Written Exposure Therapy (WET)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

I am the co-chair of the Complex Trauma Special Interest Group for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and adjunct faculty at Palo Alto University where I teach classes related to substance use, trauma, and psychopathology.

I received my doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in adult trauma from Palo Alto University. I completed my fellowship at Stanford and I have also had extensive training in PTSD, complex trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression through the San Francisco VA and StarVista.

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