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Kavita Desai Dakoji(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Chronic illness-Chronic pain-Concussions- Stress management-Mind-body connection-Somatization-

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Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

Finding the right clinician to work with is tricky and important (science says that the 'fit' is the most important part of seeing a clinician!). I want people who work with me to feel comfortable enough to tell me how to titrate my therapy style to fit what you need in THIS moment.

I bring humor and levity to facilitate talking about hard stuff. I focus on current distressing symptoms (physical and emotional) to help you get unstuck and into living the life you want.

I also LOVE psychology and education. I think our nervous system is the best- and is underutilized in clinical settings. With education and clinical skills, I help you understand how your thoughts, physiology, and actions (implicit and explicit) impact you - your health and your emotions. My goal is to help you leverage your nervous systems (thoughts, physiology, and all) so that you can live life and overcome distressing symptoms.

I am looking forward to chatting more (free virtual call!) and learning about how I can help you.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Psychology Pre-Doctoral Intern
University of Michigan Health System, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
Children's Minnesota, Psychologist

Bowling Green Sate University, PhD, 2009
University of Michigan, BA, 2002


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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


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

Locations & Hours


Kavita Desai Dakoji is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (60min)

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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