Julie E. Kobayashi-Newberg, PsyD
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I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born and raised in Hawaii and still refer to Hawaii as my home. I graduated from the University of Hawaii and majored in psychology. I then left the islands and received my master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1993. I completed my internship at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a minor rotation in neuropsychology. My first job landed me in upstate New York at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I enjoyed working with college students and relocated to Loyola College in Maryland and then to Towson University. In addition, I had a small private practice in Maryland and conducted police evaluations for the Baltimore City Police Department and the Maryland State Troopers.
I moved to Colorado in 2003, and initially worked at nursing homes before joining Kaiser Permanente. At Kaiser Permanente, I started out as a therapist, moved to a crisis position, and then transferred to the Intensive Outpatient Program before returning to a therapist position at the Baseline Medical Offices.
I am married and have a daughter who attends Regis University. Our family also includes a Bernese Mountain dog, Siberian cat, and Norwegian Forest cat.
About my practice
A Behavior Medicine Specialist or BMS is a licensed psychologist or licensed clinical social worker who works in the medical office alongside Primary Care physicians to support your total health. Having Behavioral Health support in Primary Care is a unique service that is available to you at you Kaiser Permanente. You no longer have to schedule a separate visit in one of our Behavioral Health locations simply to ask questions and determine what you might need. This model of care allows Primary Care and Behavioral Health providers to work hand-in-hand as a team to care for you. It also offers increased convenience because you can visit the same location to receive Primary Care and Behavioral Health care. If you need specialty care, your Behavior Medicine Specialist or Primary Care physician will discuss this with you and help you get connected to the services that are best for you.
The role of the BMS varies depending on your individual needs. In general, the BMS can screen for mental health and substance use issues, as well as provide short-term appointments to reduce symptoms which may be causing you distress and improve your daily functioning. They are also a great resource to connect you with appropriate specialized services, and they will help to coordinate your care so your Primary Care team members and Specialty Care providers are working together to provide your care. In many cases, a few brief appointments with a BMS in your Primary Care medical office is all that is required, but if longer-term services are needed, the BMS can assist with the scheduling of an appointment in one of our specialty Behavioral Health centers.
How I thrive
I practice yoga, which I have found very centering. I also have a personal trainer and meet with her weekly. I enjoy massages and have tried various types of massages. I enjoy watching the Broncos!
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