Dr. Kunimatsu’s waitlist is currently CLOSED

September 2021 Update: My  practice and waitlist are currently full through January 2022, so I am unfortunately not able to accept additional client inquires for the foreseeable future. At this time, I will only be able to respond to any potential new client inquiries with referrals to other mental health providers and I recommend checking the Resources section of the website for other mental health service options.

Melissa M. Kunimatsu, PhD, LP
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I am a licensed developmental psychologist in private practice in New Orleans, LA. I hold master’s and doctoral degrees in applied developmental psychology from the University of New Orleans where I also served as an instructor for multiple undergraduate classes including General Psychology and Human Sexual Behavior. I completed my postdoctoral training at Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority and UNO’s Counseling Services in addition to being employed as a psychometrist at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

I’ve worked with clients experiencing a wide array of psychological concerns including anxiety, depression, anger management, behavioral issues, problems in peer relationships, and family conflict. My clinical experience includes individual therapy, family therapy, community mental health, juvenile justice, psychoeducation, and psychometric assessment. I utilize primarily cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and functional family therapy (FFT) techniques in providing services for a range of clients, including preteens, teenagers, college students, adults, and families. I have also participated in a variety of outreach activities, including parent and teacher education talks at local schools, stress management seminars for college students and staff, and informational didactics and role-plays for mental health clinicians in training.

I’m a proud member of the Louisiana Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association, and I have presented research findings at conferences for both the Society for Research on Child Development and the Society for Research on Adolescence. I have published articles in various academic journals, including Child and Youth Care Forum, the International Journal of Forensic and Mental Health, and Psychological Assessment, and I have reviewed publication submissions for the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Child and Youth Care Forum, and the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

When I’m not working with my clients or conducting outreach, I enjoy spending time with friends & family, knitting, reading fiction, and listening to podcasts.

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