Robin L. Kay, Ph.D.

Practice locations: Beverly Hills, California and Westwood, California

Primary Areas of Practice

  • Private Practice
  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Individuals
  • Couples

Specific Area of Focus:

  • Self-defeating habits
  • Relationship and Commitment Difficulties
  • Anxiety and Mood Disturbances

Professional Statement

Dr. Robin L. Kay is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 21 years of clinical experience. Dr. Kay maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, California where she treats individuals and couples and supervises mental health practitioners. She maintains an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition, she teaches and conducts clinical training groups for mental health professionals interested in learning Attachment-based Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Kay conducts weekly psychotherapy sessions and block treatment for out of town patients. Dr. Kay's work is active and based on full collaboration between herself and her patients. Her aim is to remove psychiatric symptoms and to help patients regain or achieve their highest level of functioning as quickly as possible.

ISTDP Professional Development / Training Status

Dr. Kay obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she was a University Merit Scholar and a recipient of a Presidential Undergraduate Fellowship. Dr. Kay graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and was awarded Psi Chi honors. She subsequently obtained a Masters degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Kay's post-degree professional training includes 18 years of clinical experience (post-doc). Dr. Kay has been practicing ISTDP since l998. She studied Attachment Based IS-TDP in the core training program of Dr. Robert Neborsky from 1998-2001. Subsequently, she studied in an advanced ISTDP training program led by Dr. Habib Davanloo. From 2002-2004, she studied Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment-based Mindful Parenting in Dr. Daniel J. Siegel's advanced study group. Dr. Kay served as the Assistant-Director of Clinical Training for the Southern California Society for ISTDP from 2003-2008. She currently serves as a Vice President of the Southern California Society for ISTDP.

Publications, Presentations and Professional Affiliations

Dr. Kay's thirty-six hour course on Attachment-based Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy has been offered to mental health and medical professionals at UCLA since 2004. In 2008, she was asked to design a 72-hour AB-ISTDP course for the psychiatry residents at UCLA. In 2009, her AB-ISTDP course was expanded into a ninety-six hour AB-ISTDP Clinic for fourth year psychiatry residents at UCLA. She continues today in her capacity as Director of the AB-ISTDP & Accelerated Psychotherapy Clinic in UCLA's Department of Psychiatry. In 2010, Dr. Kay was honored with a distinguished teaching award by UCLA's Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences for her "Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching." In addition to teaching in UCLA's Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Kay has lectured and presented her clinical work to psychiatry residents and medical professionals locally and internationally at locations including Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, the VA Hospital in Brentwood, CA, the VKDP conference in Amsterdam, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and at IEDTA conferences in Los Angeles, California and Oxford, England. Dr. Kay is the coordinator of the Los Angeles Attachment-based ISTDP Core Training Programs for the Southern California Society for IS-TDP.

Articles & Publications:

  • Kay, R. “Burying the Dead & Loving the Living”. In: Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy-Practice and Theory, 7 (3), 5-33.
  • Kay, R. “The Chameleon Chronicles: From Background to Foreground,” Natura Artis Magistra: (Un)conscious Animals as Teachers of STDP. Proceedings of the Conference (pp. 6-18). Amsterdam: VKDP.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member American Psychological Association
  • Member California Psychological Association
  • Member GAINS (Global Association Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies)
  • Member IEDTA (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association)
  • Member Los Angeles County Psychological Association
  • Member Phi Beta Kappa (National Honor Society)
  • Founding Member Southern CA Society for IS-TDP


P.O. Box 10508
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
Phone: (310) 474-3020

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