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About Erika Kawamura, Psy.D., M.S.H.R.O.L.

My Background

I am a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, and am part of the second cohort to become a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional (Diplomate of ACLM). I completed the dual-degree track at Widener University, receiving a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science in Human Resource and Organizational Leadership. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Chicago.

In addition to working with older adolescents and adults on common issues such as adjustment/life transition issues, relationship difficulties, anxiety, and depression, my interests include the following: health/wellness-related issues, women’s issues, career/vocational issues, and coaching (life, career, health/wellness). You might also be wondering, “So, what is this ‘Lifestyle Medicine’?” Given that the majority of common chronic health conditions are largely contributed by lifestyle behaviors, I can work with you to incorporate long-term lifestyle changes to prevent and/or improve your health concerns; I will also collaborate with your physician as necessary.

My approach to therapy is to form a collaborative therapeutic relationship and create a safe environment where clients can openly discuss their struggles. Given the diverse backgrounds of each person, I take a holistic approach and provide an individualized treatment for each client. Together, we work toward your goals and overcome roadblocks by gaining insight into your patterns of behaviors/thoughts/feelings, exploring ways to incorporate healthy changes and coping strategies, and helping you to improve your overall sense of wellbeing and lead a more satisfying life.

I split my professional time working for another group practice where I see individual therapy clients and provide initial consultations at primary care physician offices, as well as for an employee assistance program presenting health/wellness seminars at corporations.

Education

  • Psy.D./MS in HR & Organizational Leadership from Widener University
  • B.A. in Psychology with honors from University of Chicago
  • Predoctoral internship and Postdoctoral training at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Training, Eating Disorders Unit

Work Experience

  • American Anorexia and Bulimia Association of Philadelphia, 2010-Present. Board Member.
  • Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment-Eating Disorders Unit, 2005-2007 Predoctoral intern, 2007-2008 Psychotherapist/postdoctoral training, 2008-2011 Clinical Program Coordinator for the Day Program (Partial Hospitalization Program & Intensive Outpatient Program).
  • Widener University, University College, Spring 2005. Adjunct Faculty. Taught an introduction to health psychology course to undergraduate students.
  • Coalition for Advancement of Community Health Psychology (Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital), 2004-2005. Practicum student through Widener University. Screened patients on cardiac unit for psychopathology and wrote consultation reports, conducted psychological evaluations for clients seeking voluntary surgeries.
  • Chester Twenty-First Century (a Widener University project), 2003-2004. Consultant. Administered psychological assessments used in business settings, created and presented training modules on emotional intelligence, and collaborated with team in writing the program evaluation.
  • Progressions Hospital, 2003-2004. Practicum student through Widener University
  • Widener University Counseling Center, 2002-2003. Practicum student through Widener University.
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