Caroline   Kalai
Zencare Vetted

Caroline Kalai

Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Santa Monica Accepting In-person
Updated November 25, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness

Professional statement

Dr. Caroline Kalai is a licensed psychologist. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, OCD, illness anxiety, separation anxiety, and GAD. Dr. Kalai also specializes in treating sexual trauma and has been certified as a crisis counselor through UCLA's Rape Treatment center where she worked as an on-call psychologist. Her primary treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with an emphasis in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for anxiety and OCD, Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma, Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy for couples, as well as parent training/support for child and adolescent patients' families.

Dr. Kalai earned a Doctorate of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Art degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, an APA-accredited institution. She also successfully completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital-Adult Outpatient Center, and served as chief intern to her clinical training cohort. Prior to her graduate work, she obtained a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from UCLA where she served on the board of the Psychology Society.

Dr. Kalai is currently accepting new patients in her private practice on the Westside of Los Angeles and Santa Monica.


Message to clients

Your choice to seek help is a strong measure of your self-love, open-mindedness, and courage. Seeking help requires accepting one's vulnerability in order to be able to acknowledge one's difficulties, learn to face those difficulties, and with treatment, become powerful enough to make necessary changes in one's life. This is, without a doubt, a great challenge, but the rewards are invaluable and endless. I commend you for taking this step.

My treatment philosophy is strength-based and is centered around providing adequate psychoeducation to equip you with the crucial knowledge and understanding necessary to foster your growth and empowerment. This way, together we can achieve sustained progress through treatment and the successful resolution of your symptoms.

I am a strong proponent of healthy living, balance, and self-care in conjunction with treatment because I have witnessed the numerous positive effects of these on one's overall wellbeing and how these help my patients respond to treatment. To this end, in addition to the treatment I provide, I strongly encourage and facilitate my patients' discovery and engagement in self-fulfilling activities of all kinds.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - A type of therapy in which negative thought patterns are challenged in order to modify problem behaviors in a short-term, skill-based manner

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Caroline Kalai is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $300 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $300
  • Initial session: $300 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $300 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Santa Monica practice
12400 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 230, Los Angeles, California 90025
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019 - Present
University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2015 - 2016

Pepperdine University, Psy.D., 2016


Languages

English