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

Katharine B. FitzhughDr. Fitzhugh

has over 35 years' experience as a licensed mental health professional. After becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist in Miami, Florida, she enjoyed working with culturally diverse people as a couples and family therapist and play therapist while completing her doctorate at the University of Miami. In addition to her role as adjunct professor and graduate student supervisor at the U of M, she began a part time private practice with a specialty in trauma recovery, while facilitating groups of adult sexual abuse survivors and beginning extensive training in clinical hypnosis with the Florida component of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

After moving "back home" to Virginia in late 1998, she obtained training and experience in working with disabled and geriatric adults in nursing homes, as well as evaluating and treating adults considering bariatric surgery, while continuing ASCH training and furthering her interest in mind/body research and practice.

In 2003 she joined the Westwood Group in a general practice of psychotherapy including couples, and families. She currently treats adults only.

Dr. Fitzhugh supports empowering, collaborative approaches to recovery from a biopsychosocial perspective. While clients set their goals, she emphasizes the practice of holistic self-care.

  • Specialties:
  • Facilitating mind-body connections
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Using clinical hypnosis when appropriate
  • Encouraging healthy weight loss which can include bariatric surgery
  • Supporting aging with integrity


  • Ph.D. University of Miami 1989
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1991
  • M.S. Florida International University 1979
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 1982-2017
  • 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:
    Tuesday and Thursday 9-6
    Wednesday and Friday 9-1