Creating transformational experiences

Dr. Russell K. Kawakami

Dr. Kawakami has been in the mental health and addiction field for nearly 20 years. He is a practicing licensed and National Board Certified Professional Counselor, a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, an author, an empowering media personality, and a veteran of the United States Army. 

You may have seen The Mind Doctor® on hit TV shows such as Bravo’s Married To Medicine, VH1’s Love and Hip Hop, WEtv’s Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta working with rapper, producer, actor, and superstar Bow Wow, and WEtv’s Brat Loves Judy with rapper, producer, actress, and Funkdafied super star, DaBrat! 

While Dr. Kawakami is now viewed by millions of people on television, his humble beginnings actually started on television as a six-month-old baby being placed for adoption and featured on the “Thursday’s Child of The Week” segment.  After being adopted in Los Angeles, California he grew up in East San Jose, California.

Prior to Dr. Kawakami earning his Ph.D. in an academic institution, he had already earned his Ph.D. on the streets of the Bay Area hustling the dope game. Dr. Kawakami credits a divine intervention and acknowledges, “Only God could have me go from being a neighborhood dope dealer where I ‘sold dope and destroyed lives’ to being a nationwide hope dealer where I now ‘offer hope and restore lives’.  Look at Gawwwwd!”

The Mind Doctor®
is not a “Life Coach”

Life coaches work on a lower level, the conscious mind, giving advice and encouragement.  Yet, “logical solutions will never resolve emotional issues™.” Instead, The Mind Doctor® operates in a higher dimension, the subconscious mind, where all of the emotions and beliefs that drive behaviors are stored.

The Mind Doctor® now specializes in a Mind, Body, & Spirit holistic approach, utilizing life-changing transformational hypnotherapy and other somatic techniques; in as little as 2-3 sessions, The Mind Doctor® quickly and painlessly resolves the adult drama that stems from unresolved childhood trauma.

Your Mind is the most powerful tool you have and everything starts in your Mind™  

Allow me to transform your Mind and change your Mindset™

license and Credentials


  • LPC State of Georgia
    Licensed Professional Counselor #005761


  • Ph.D. in Psychology
    Capella University
  • M.A. in Psychology, specializing in Professional Counseling
    Georgia School of Professional Psychology
  • B.S. in Theology and Christian Leadership 
    San Jose Christian College


  • (NBCCH) National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
  • Certified NLP Practitioner & Master Practitioner
    Global NLP Training
  • (NCC) National Certified Counselor #758470
    National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • (MAC) Master Addiction Counselor Credential #507980
    The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • (CPCS) Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
    Advanced Counselor Training
  • (CAMF) Certified Anger Management & Emotional Intelligence Facilitator


  • Global Neurolinguistics Programming
    60 hours, NLP Practitioner & Hypnosis Training (In Person)
  • Global Neurolinguistics Programming
    60 hours, NLP Master Practitioner & Hypnosis Training (In Person)
  • American Hypnosis Training Academy
    50 hours, Eriksonian Hypnosis and Brief Psychotherapy (In Person)
  • American Hypnosis Training Academy
    16 hours, Eye Movement Integration (EMI) (In Person)
  • The Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy
    50 hours, Rapid Resolution Therapy Training (RRT) (In Person)
  • Mindworks Psychology
    50 hours, Brain-Based Hypnotherapy (In Person)
  • Courtney Armstrong
    50 hours, Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy Levels 1 and 2 (In Person)
  • Andreas NLP Training
    24 hours, Core Transformation (In Person)
  • Competitive Edge Inc.
    16 hours, EQ-i 2.0™, EQ-i Leadership™ and EQ360™ Certification Training (In Person)
  • Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) International
    24 hours, EFT (Tapping) (In Person)
  • Hypnosis Training Academy Igor Ledochowski
    20 hours, Hypnotherapy Advanced Mind Bending Language Online Course
  • Hypnosis Training Academy Igor Ledochowski
    50 hours, Hypnosis Master Class Online Course
  • Hypnosis Training Academy Igor Ledochowski
    120 hours, Conversational Hypnosis Online Course


The Mind Doctor® transforms the impossible to ISpossible, when you believe I'Mpossible.

Hypnotherapy and other somatic techniques change and reprogram the subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is responsible for the programs that tell you what to do and how to act. Simple suggestions while in a hypnotic state can create powerful and lasting change in your behavior. Everything starts in your mind™.

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