Dr. Kaoru “Ka” Powell (they/them) received their BA in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and subsequently received their MA/PhD in clinical psychology with a child and family emphasis from the University of Montana. Dr. Powell completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Throughout their training, Dr. Powell has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of care settings, including hospitals, community mental health clinics, and acute psychiatric inpatient units. Dr. Powell is joining the Counseling Center of New England as a postdoctoral fellow, and will continue their emphasis in child and adolescent psychotherapy and psychological testing.
Dr. Powell uses evidence-based practices, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), within a modular framework that is responsive to their clients’ values and priorities. In this way, they work collaboratively with their clients to determine targets for treatment, and flexibly apply the research-backed skills and exercises that have been shown to improve those target areas. Dr. Powell values the diverse backgrounds and belief systems that their clients bring to therapy, and will work diligently to adapt treatment to the unique needs of each family. Often, involving parents and caregivers in their child’s therapy produces more effective results; with this in mind, Dr. Powell routinely brings parents and caregivers into the therapy process with the goal of empowering the family unit to address issues as they arise in the home and school settings. Dr. Powell has specific training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), as well as in a modular application of cognitive behavioral interventions for anxiety, depression, trauma, and conduct problems (MATCH-ADTC).
Though Dr. Powell has worked with clients across the lifespan, they work predominantly with children and adolescents. Dr. Powell specializes in the treatment of a variety of emotional concerns and conduct problems; in particular, they value the opportunity to work with children who have experienced traumatic events. Dr. Powell also has a special interest in working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families, and has received specialized training working with gender diverse youth as they navigate issues of identity, stigma, and community.
Types of service I offer: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing
What I specialize in: Anger, Anxiety, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Problems/Disruptive Behavior, Depression, Gender Identity, Imagery/Relaxation Techniques, LGBTQ+, Minority Issues, PTSD/Trauma
Locations where I practice: Manchester, Portsmouth, Dover
Patient ages I work with: 5-18
539 Islington Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801