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Kayoko Yokoyama


Dr. Kayoko Yokoyama is a member of the faculty of JFK University’s APA-approved doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University and holds a Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College.  She completed her APA-approved internship at UC Davis Counseling Center and her postdoctoral training at University of San Francisco.

In addition to her work teaching doctoral students at JFK University, Dr. Yokoyama is a licensed psychologist in California with specialized training in multicultural identity and women’s issues such as body image and eating disorders. She has a private practice where she provides psychotherapy to a diverse range of individual adults.  She has been named a fellow in the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program and is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association.

Born in Japan, Dr. Yokoyama utilizes her bilingual and bicultural perspectives to inform her work with clients. For example, she considers the Daruma doll - a traditional Japanese doll made of paper mache that is round, hollow, and weighted at the bottom so that it will always return to an upright position when tilted over – a metaphor of the strengths and resiliencies of individuals. 

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. Everyone has the experience of being knocked down by life, but like the Daruma doll, we can “bounce back” by finding support through connection with others and through psychotherapy.

Drawing from her teaching experience, Dr. Yokoyama has various publications.  She co-authored a chapter on gender dynamics in psychotherapy for the Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender, along with various training exercises in “Experiential Activities for Teaching Multicultural Competence in Counseling” published by the American Counseling Association.   She also enjoys mentoring students to engage in professional presentations and was recently at Stanford University’s Asian Pacific American student conference (Listen to the Silence) presenting with four doctoral students on the topic of racism and body image.

For information about JFK University’s Clinical Psychology program, click here.