My Approach

I blend principles from cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness and acceptance based approaches to foster stress resilience. The skills I teach are evidence-based, present focused, and promote a balance between acceptance and change. I exhaustively studied the most empirically supported mindfulness-based treatments. For my dissertation, I replicated and extended a study on the common elements of the mindfulness-based treatments, which earned me the award for outstanding dissertation in the Azusa Pacific University Department of Graduate Psychology.

In regards to my clinical experience, I have worked with leading experts in the field on anxiety, OCD, trauma, and emotion dysregation. I am intensively trained in treatments, such as CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety and OCD, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for emotion dysregulation, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for individuals coping with the effects of stressful life experiences, such as trauma, medical illness, academic and career pressure, and psychosis.

I carefully assess clinical problems using validated symptom measures and deliver targeted interventions with the ultimate goal of helping clients overcome barriers to rich and fulfilling lives.

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About me

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Azusa Pacific University
Doctor of Psychology (APA Accredited), Family Psychology, 2017, Outstanding Dissertation Award

University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, 2011, Magna Cum Laude

Licensed clinical psychologist

Kristen Kochamba-Lisson, PsyD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. I work with adolescents and adults using the most empirically supported mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies. My approach is compassionate, client centered, and evidence-based.

I have trained and worked at top academic institutions such as UCLA Semel Institute of Neuropsychiatric Behavior, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, CBT/DBT California, and Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. I am truly passionate about helping others and serving as a guide through difficult times. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about my practice, availability, or how I may be of support to you!

Activities & Affiliations

  • Diplomate & Certified CBT Therapist, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

  • Treasurer-Secretary, Association of Contextual and Behavioral Psychology, Southern California Chapter

Clinical experience

  • Dual Diagnosis Residential Psychologist and Outpatient Group Facilitator, Clearview Treatment Programs

  • Detox Program Group Facilitator, Forward Recovery

  • Postdoctoral Resident, CBT/DBT California & Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

  • Predoctoral Intern, Loma Linda University School of Medicine (APA Accredited)

  • Chief Extern/Staff Research Associate, UCLA Adult Anxiety Disorders Clinic & OCD Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Programs, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior

  • Adult CBT Extern, Harbor-UCLA Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, California PSY 30345

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