Kara Meyer, Ph.D. - Psychology Services
Services & Treatment

I can be reached at 360.402.6117 or via email at karameyerphd[at]gmail.com to schedule an appointment. I am happy to speak with you beforehand about your concerns in order to decide if my practice is a good fit for you.

Olympia PsychologistSERVICES:
The first few sessions will be dedicated to gathering a detailed history and assessing your current concerns. During this time, you may also be asked to complete some assessment measures to be included in the evaluation. We will then work together to determine what your needs and goals are.

I provide assessment and treatment for a variety of concerns including:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
  • Adjustment Disorders and coping with life changes
  • Sleep Problems
  • Concerns associated with chronic illness, such as diabetes

Psychology ServicesTREATMENT:
I am committed to providing effective treatments that are grounded in scientific research. As such, my therapeutic approach is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the role one's thoughts, feelings, and behavior on their well-being. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of negative thought patterns on one's emotional experiences and also how one's behavior choices work to reinforce those negative thought patterns. Studies have consistently demonstrated CBT is useful for a variety of problems.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a specific form of therapy used to treat OCD. In ERP, clients work with their therapist to develop a hierarchy of their feared situations. Then, individuals gradually face these feared situations in small steps (exposure), without performing their rituals (response prevention). Over time, ERP helps reduce anxiety and decrease symptoms. ERP is consistently shown to be effective in treating OCD and is generally considered to be the"gold standard" treatment for OCD.