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Kayla Abbatello

Doctoral Intern in Psychology


I believe that much of who we are and how we view ourselves is shaped by those around us. I strive to build a genuine relationship with students as they develop their own identities and interpersonal patterns and explore how they are impacted by past experiences and current stressors.

Kayla is a Doctoral Intern in Health Service Psychology at Vanderbilt University’s Counseling Center. She is in her final year of Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University. Kayla has worked with diverse client populations in a variety of clinical settings including university counseling centers, outpatient clinics, and intensive-outpatient programs. She currently provides individual and group therapy as well as psychological assessment. To meet the unique needs of each client, Kayla works from an integrated lens that incorporates various approaches and techniques including interpersonal/relational, psychodynamic, CBT, and DBT. Her clinical interests include relationship concerns, personality structures, trauma, identity development, and psychological assessment of intelligence, personality, and ADHD/LD concerns. When she is not in the office, Kayla enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, attempting to train her very independent kitten, listening to true crime podcasts, and working her way through what Netflix and HBO has to offer.