Kavita Desai Dakoji
Kavita Desai Dakoji, PhD, considers herself lucky to have a profession that she loves: Being a psychologist. Self-proclaimed psychology superfan, Dr. Kavita's mission is to tailor psychological science to people in an authentic and unique way to help them get unstuck so they can live and enjoy their life.
Dr. Kavita specializes in tailoring psychological science for each person's unique needs and situations. With intentional listening, she weaves psychology, education, and skills into each conversation drawing from the individual's interests, hobbies, and values. She especially loves working with youth, young adults, and adults who have complex health concerns and those individuals who have felt dismissed, judged, or "gaslit" by other (usually) well intentioned medical specialists.
People who benefit from working with Dr. Kavita are typically high-achieving, balancing a lot of life, strive to do great things, and/or are mired down with distressing physical symptoms (like chronic pain/primary pain disorder, POTS, Ehlers-Danlos, headaches, migraines, Disorders of the Gut-Brain Interaction, to name a few). She is a direct, eduation-based therapist who weaves teaching and clinician work together seamlessly.
Dr. Kavita has extensive training in CBT, ACT, clinical hypnosis, and biofeedback. She fuses humor, practicality, meaning-making into sessions that are direct, symptom focused, and educational.
Dr. Kavita is excited to provide telehealth services in 33+ states as well as in person for the greater Minneapolis (Minnesota) metro area. Adept at telehealth, Dr. Kavita has found ways to engage even young kids (5+) virtually.
Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Concussions - Support after a head injury, monitoring symptoms, and implementing strategies for recovery and healing
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally
Somatization - Learning about how one’s emotions impact the body, including becoming aware of what physical symptoms are a result of an emotional manifestation; practicing coping skills to decrease both the physical and emotional discomfort
Kavita Desai Dakoji is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Years of Experience: 14 years
Children's Minnesota, Psychologist, 2011 - 2021
University of Michigan Health System, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009 - 2011
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Psychology Pre-Doctoral Intern, 2008 - 2009
Bowling Green Sate University, PhD, 2009
University of Michigan, BA, 2002
Washington DC: 11780
New Hampshire: 11780
New Jersey: 11780
North Carolina: 11780
Northern Mariana Islands: 11780
West Virginia: 11780