Dr. Kiran Syed

(Psy.D.)

About Me

Proverb: Pū‘ali kalo i ka we ‘ole.
Translation: Taro, for lack of water, grows misshapen.
Meaning: For lack of care one may become ill.

Aloha, and welcome to my page! I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of counseling experience. I completed my degree at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. My pre-doctoral internship was at Asian Americans for Community Involvement in the Bay Area, and I subsequently completed my post-doctoral fellowship at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am licensed at the doctoral level in Hawaii and Texas.

The Hawaiian proverb above reflects my personal philosophy regarding human health and well-being. I have treated an array of clients from different ethnic backgrounds, religions, and all walks of life. My areas of interest include men and women's health, fertility stress management, grief counseling, postpartum depression, treating people in the "helping professions" who may be experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout, guiding clients through quarter and mid-life crises, pre-marital counseling, and counseling LGBTQIA populations.

My long-term therapy approach is integrative, leaning more towards existential/humanistic psychotherapy. I have also been formally trained in short term evidence based practices often used in primary care settings including Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, and Problem Solving Therapy-Primary Care. I am a National Register Health Service Provider and speak English, Urdu, and Hindi fluently.

Mahalo for stopping by, and I look forward to guiding you through your healing journey!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Coaching , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Expats , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #PSY-1591 (Expires: 2022-06-30)

Psychologist #36195 (Expires: 2022-06-30)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Jun 07, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Syed is a wonderful listener. She is very kind and compassionate and easy to talk to. I feel comfortable telling her things because I know she will not judge me. She knows a lot about being an empath and I feel that we connect well. She also makes great suggestions. I am very satisfied with her care and wish I had tried better help sooner!

Written by C.I. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Very grateful to have met such a personable and honest therapist. Those are hard to find! She is blunt and real and I need that!

Written by K.A. on Apr 25, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Syed has been an amazing assist to me. Her expertise and advice has been tremendously helpful. I'm also very impressed with the usability of BetterHelp overall.

Written by B.R. on Apr 19, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

She’s great! Always a listening ear and super easy to talk to.

Written by P.U. on Apr 13, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 4 days on issues concerning depression, addictions, lgbt, and self esteem

Amazingly kind and true.

Written by B.R. on Apr 01, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes

Kiran is helpful!

Written by J.O. on Mar 20, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Syed is very honest and I that is what I like most about our sessions. I’m not comfortable talking with therapist or anything of that nature, but she somehow makes a way for you to be comfortable and find ways to express how you feel. I would definitely recommend her. She is absolutely amazing!!

Written by C.A. on Mar 11, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Great

Written by B.R. on Mar 09, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

She’s great!

Written by S.Y. on Mar 03, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Dr. K's ability to understand diverse backgrounds and how they affect us throughout life in different ways is amazing. Having someone who can understand different cultural customs and their ways of life whether good or bad really helps when trying to figure things out! She's understanding, compassionate and awesome!

Written by F.A. on Feb 25, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues

Dr. Syed is very attentive and real. She answers back quickly and gives great feedback and tips. She helped my overall being and when my anxiety was through the roof she offered great tips. She’s got good energy and is very relatable. She helped break down and problem solve when my emotions were taking over the best of me. I definitely would see Dr. Syed and recommend her to other clients.

Written by R.A. on Feb 20, 2020 after counseling with Kiran for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Dr. Syed has been extremely helpful in helping me through some major life transitions. She has taught me some really useful stress management techniques and is always there to help me through tough times.