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Dr. Catherine Shaw

Clinical Psychology
Westlake Village, CA
37 years experience female

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Catherine shaw, Ph.D Clinical Psychology

Westlake Village, CA

Address

574 Via Colinas, Westlake Village, CA, US
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About

Bio

Originally from Scotland. Came here to attend Columbia University. Graduated, BA. in Psychology (cum laude). My graduate school was CSPP-Los Angeles where I received my Ph.D. Clinical Psychology in 1984. During my pre-doctoral studies, I interned at the Suicide Prevention Center.. I also interned at Cedar-Sinai Dept. of Child Psychiatry, where my emphasis was on autism and early childhood development. My final internship was the med-psych department of the West Los Angeles V. A. Hospital. I attended to veteran problems: PTSD, depression and impact of diabetic- related limb amputation. Post-Doctoral internship was at Woodland Hills Psychiatric Medical Group where I participated in a group practice. I'm a mom and G'mom who loves all.

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Clinical Psychology

Doctor Q&A

134 Answers
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Please clarify: I can't really help you unless you want to be more specific re bad memory/event? Also doubtful that brain pain is associated with the above. Was the e... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Million $ question: Insomnia has many causes: bad sleep hygiene; side effects of certain meds; depression; anxiety; medical illness et al. Please see you dr for evaluatio... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
You are lucky: Seriously, Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) is an " upper" and has the ability to enhance your mood. Be cautious of it's addictive qualities.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Clarify question plz: If the stimulus is negative, it usually will elicit negative response, in your case anxiety. You give examples of "i may be dying etc" are you asking... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Early labor?: Yes, it certainly could.Be. Why not check with your ob/gyn to get a definitive answer. Good luck to you and baby.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Normal: Discuss with therapist who is a trained professional and is used to dealing with this normal phenomenon. Should be no problem unless it becomes obsess... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Difficult to Dx here: This could certainly be a virus. But, too difficult to diagnose online. Since its been 3 weeks now, best you seek medical evaluation. This should alle... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Possible: If you had unprotected sex, you could be pregnant. Why not take a hpt if symptoms don't clear up in a few days. You may just have a virus. Hope you fe... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Possible: You need to seek medical attention for yourself mamma. Baby is probably doing ok. But i'm concerned about your all-night coughing and throwing up clea... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
See a neurologist: Could be something simple, inner ear infection, or even your anxiety. However, in order to rule out anything more serious, check with your primary car... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Abortion by pill: You should eat what you want, but best to eat lightly to gage if you are nauseous or not. Make sure you remain hydrated. If any severe symptoms, conta... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Sounds like the flu: Your signs and symptoms sound like the flu. When did you have abortion? If just recently, call dr or clinic right away. If not, then stay hydrated and... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Probably not: These could be signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder. For peace of mind best talk to your md.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Yes, PMS.: Pms sucks! check with your dr to see if he can prescribe something to help for these difficult days.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Toothpaste?: Could be from toothpaste but is unusual. Do you think you might have been exposed to herpes simplex virus. Kissed a boy with a cold sore recently? Or ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Of course: Dont want to alarm you, but persistent diarrhea for 2 years needs medical check asap. May be nothing serious, but for your own peace of mind, best to ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Most likely: Massage the area well . I think its anxiety, but if it persists check with your md.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Symptoms: Physical symptoms of depression: insomnia or hypersomnia; inability to concentrate ; lack of motivation; lack of appetite or over-eating. Emotional: a... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
You'll be OK.: Sorry you are taking this so hard. If libido and erections ok. Before attempted sexual experience, then all should be well. It's a mind game that many... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Best to taper: You are on relatively low dosage. However, to reduce untoward side effects reduce by 25mg every 2nd day. I am not a psychiatrist so its best if you co... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Right? Wrong!: This is a very high dose. How many mgs do you normally take daily? If you have high tolerance for drug, you may be ok. But you are really playing with... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Hope you're lucky: I wouldn't worry too much about contacting herpes through your hands. However, your mouth is warm and moist making it the perfect milieu to incubate h... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Yes visceral pain: Yes stress can certainly cause pelvic pain which might be interpreted as ovarian pain. More importantly, what is stressing you out so much. You don&#x... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
No : Hi again. Cipralex will not harm your liver unless you take an overdose. I hope you feel better soon. Best regards, dr. Catherine shaw.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Pregnancy: When you sleep on your back, the increased weight of uterus presses on the major vein. That returns blood from your legs to your heart. By second trim... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Period: Usually, breasts are more tender and enlarged. Some women have slight cramping. Some have increased libido. Some women notice no changes. Emotionally... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Not likely: Citraplex or ciprolex generic escitalopram is a ssri antidepressant used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Recent research has sh... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Yes they are helpful: How long have you been taking cipralex? It sometimes takes about 2-3 weeks before you feel benefits. If after that you are still worried you might wan... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Not common: Hi again, cipralex does not cause seizures. It may exacerbate seizures in individuals with seizure disorder. Try to stop worrying about cipralex. Do y... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Unable to answer: I dont really know what is going on from limited details and history. It could be sleep apnea which is unusual in a 16 year old f., unless you are ove... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
No: You won't die. Dosage is too low and too much time elapsed between drug ingestion. However, who gave you such potent drugs? You need to be under medic... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Normal: Do you mean 2yrs 1 month, or 2yrs 11 months. It makes a difference developmentally. A female child approaching three will usually string simple words... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Seems OK.: Evion 400 is the uppermost dose an adult should use. Supradyne is popular, but be aware of the high sodium content. Anyone on salt-restricted diets s... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Complicated: Your signs and symptoms do not suggest ulcer? Could be many things. Sorry we are unable to diagnose online. Please see your doctor or clinic soon. Goo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Baby cries at 4am: Welcome to parenthood. Babies cry usually bc they are ready for a feeding. Could also be soiled diaper, or she wants to be close to mamma. First chang... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Insect bite: Some kind of insect bit you. Sorry but online there is no way to tell what bit you. If it worsens or doesn't go away, see your doctor or health clini... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Best have Dr check: It is probably nothing serious, but have a check with primary or gyn, to be sure.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
NF2: Hopefully it is related to your present condition. However, it could be additional nerve compression. Best to check with your dr. Good luck.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Risky: Melatonin is believed to down-regulate the activity of the thyroid gland. Therefore, not recommended in hypothyroidism. Best to discuss your insomnia ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
You have OCD: How long do you think you have had ocd. Have you had treatment-psychotherapy or medicine to help. What is troubling you-- your ocd or your obsession w... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
May be labor related: Have you experienced these symptoms during your other 4 pregnancies? Often these can be a sign of beginning labor. However, check with your obstetrici... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Yes: Pe is common problem that most men occasionally experience .Anxiety can make it worse. What your doc says is correct--decreasing sexual sensation will... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Little Angels?: If kids are old enough have them clean their mess. Otherwise, don't be a perfectionist. Regardless of what others say, a tidy house is not that import... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Need a gastric check: What you describe is certainly abnormal. If you believe that you really can smell feces through your skin etc, then you need to see a gastroenterologi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Not really: First off congrats on your pregnancy. i know its difficult with PCOS. You may be at a slightly higher risk of PPD, but try not to worry. Talk to your ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Cipralex: Cipralex is associated with tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Seizures or fainting while on this med should be reported to your doctor asap. Do not stop... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Perhaps not pregnant: Hi, it's unusual to be showing at 5 weeks. Did you do a home pregnancy test? Did you repeat it about 7 days later? Hpreg.T sometime show false positiv... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Shaw
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Clarify plz: How long have you been on duloxetine 60mg and prozac (fluoxetine)?You utneed to give these meds about 3-4 weeks to take effect. Usually we like you on... Read More

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Apr 27, 2014
I highly recommend Dr. Catherine Shaw! She approaches her work with caring professionalism and recommendations that will work. I'm very glad that she shares some of her expertise with HealthTap part...Read More
May 4, 2014
Dr. Shaw's answers are clear and helpful to patients, plus very useful for her HealthTap colleagues also. Both we and Westlake Village, CA are lucky to benefit from her expertise!
Apr 25, 2014
Best Clinical Psychologist for your family and friends in a beautiful Westlake Village CA.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This is very helpful to me. I wasn't really sure on weather to go to the doctor or wait a month longer. I am glad I came to this site to get help.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I believe it is stress. She's been going through a lot the past 3 yrs
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks mam..maybe stress was the reason and that was helpful.god bless

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

columbia university in the city of new york
Graduated 1976MD

Medical/Graduate school

alliant university/ Ca School Prof. Psychology/ Los Angeles
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

CSPP
Completed 1986

Awards

Columbia University BA Psychology (com laude) Multiple Honor List Student
Top Psychologist, First Place, Ventura Region - Summer
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Third Place, Ventura Region - Summer
2014
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