Robin L. Kay, Ph.D.

Robin L. Kay is a clinical psychologist who has utilized a shortterm empirically validated model of psychotherapy to treat a wide variety of patients over the last 25 years. Dr Kay began teaching in UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry in 2004 and remains active on the UCLA School of Medicine clinical faculty. In 2009, she became the Director of the AB-ISTDP and Accelerated Psychotherapy Clinic where she lectures and provides clinical training to third and fourth year psychiatry residents who are desirous of learning the theory and technique of ISTDP. Many residents refer to Dr. Kay’s course as the best course of their UCLA psychiatry residency. Dr. Kay is actively involved in delivering high quality medical education and has been the recipient of awards for her “Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching.”

Dr. Kay is a founding member of the California Society for ISTDP and she currently serves as their Vice President and the Director of the Los Angeles Core Training Program. She is an IEDTA certified clinical teacher and core training supervisor. Dr. Kay has published articles related to theory and technique in Attachment-Based Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (AB-ISTDP) and has presented her clinical work both nationally and internationally. Using the ISTDP model, attachment theory and brain science research to guide her approach, Dr. Kay focuses on utilizing specific, effective interventions which allow her to safely reach core affect and unlock the unconscious memory system in order to resolve trauma and ameliorate psychiatric symptoms.


UCLA: Doctorate (Ph.D. and M.A.)

--distinctions in Clinical Psychology & Organizational Behavior

UC Berkeley: B.A. in Psychology with Highest Honors


Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Self defeating behavior

Commitment phobia

High Net Worth and Low Self Worth

Intimacy Difficulties and Relationship Conflict

Resolving Attachment Trauma

ISTDP: Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy


2016 - Reclaiming Power: Replacing Passivity with Potency

Western Canada Institute for ISTDP

Calgary, Canada

2015 - Slave No More: The Man Who Formerly Lived to Serve

ISTDP International and Netherlands ISTDP Foundation

Berlin, Germany

2015 - Navigating the Roadmap to the Patient’s Unconscious

California Society for ISTDP and IEDTA

Del Mar, CA

2015 - Repairing Attachment Trauma with AB-ISTDP

Professional Psych Seminars

Los Angeles, CA

2014 - Restructuring Ego Fragility and Building Ego Adaptive


Western Canada Institute for ISTDP

Calgary, Canada

2013 - An Accelerated Approach to Healing Trauma

UCLA Psychiatry Department

Westwood, California

2012 - Attachment Trauma and the Development of Defenses

Los Angeles County Psychological Association

Los Angeles, CA

2012 - Resolving Attachment Trauma

International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association


Oxford, UK

2010 - Strengthening the Fragile Ego with ISTDP

New Center for Psychoanalysis

Los Angeles, California

2010 - Thwarting the Transmission of Trauma Through Deep

Affective Processing


Los Angeles, California


Abbass, A., Grantmyre, J., & Kay, R. L. (2013). Anxiety related to sexual abuse: A case of recurrent priapism. Canadian Urological Association Journal,7(1-2), 48–50.

Kay, R. (2003). “Burying the Dead & Loving the Living”. In: Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy—Practice and Theory, 7 (3), 5-33.

Kay, R. (2003). “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.