Katharine (Kitty) B. Fitzhugh, Ph.D.

Katharine B. FitzhughDr. Fitzhugh

has 30 years' experience as a licensed mental health professional. After completing her master's in 1979 from Florida International University, with extensive training and supervision in family therapy, she worked as therapist and supervisor at the Family Life Center until starting her doctoral studies at the University of Miami.

Since 1982 she has completed extensive training in hypnotherapy from the Florida Society for Clinical Hypnosis and the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, becoming an Approved Consultant for ASCH since 1994. While completing her doctorate, she treated children, adolescents, adults, couples and families as well as starting a play therapy group for sexually abused children.

After receiving her Ph.D. in 1989, she continued seeing a culturally diverse population in private practice, while working with groups of adult incest survivors, teaching courses in counseling and family therapy at the University of Miami, and supervising graduate students in the UM Marriage and Family Counseling Program.

After her move to Virginia (where she grew up) in late 1998, she worked for four years with disabled and geriatric adults in nursing homes, doing evaluations as well as individual, family and group psychotherapy. She received training and experience in evaluating and treating morbidly obese adults considering bariatric surgery, and conducted debriefings with the Crisis Care Network prior to joining The Westwood Group in 2003. Although Dr. Fitzhugh now treats adults of all ages in a general psychotherapy practice, she continues to provide relational treatment, trauma recovery, evaluation prior to bariatric surgery as well as treatment of compulsive eating, and hypnotherapy in a number of symptom areas when appropriate.

After years of experience listening to and helping stressed human beings, she supports empowering, collaborative approaches to recovery from a biopsychosocial perspective. While clients set their goals, she emphasizes the practice of holistic self-care.

  • Specialties:
  • Aging with integrity
  • Focus on self-care
  • Relationship building
  • Successful bariatric surgery
  • Symptom change with hypnotherapy
  • Trauma recovery


  • Ph.D. University of Miami 1989
  • M.S. Florida International University 1979
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1991
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1982
  • Approved Consultant, American Society for Clinical Hypnosis since 1994

Contact & Hours

  • Northside/West End office, 5821 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228-5427, (map it)
  • Contact, phone (804) 264-0966, ext. 57, email drkittyfitzhugh@ thewestwoodgroup.org
  • Office hours, 12 to 5 pm, Monday; 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Thursday; 9 am to 2 pm, Friday