Kimberly Javier, PhD
Alliant International University
University of California Riverside
I am currently a registered psychological assistant who is predominantly psychodynamically trained, but I am hoping to be more eclectic in my therapeutic approach by incorporating cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques. I am accumulating postdoctoral licensure hours at BACA under my supervisor Dr. Thomas Tarshis.
I am experienced in the intake and admissions process, having been an intake specialist at College Hospital in Cerritos for over five years prior to the start of graduate school. Over the course of my PhD program at Alliant, I completed practicum hours in the East Bay at Psychological Services Center where I was an in-school therapist for elementary school children as well as a therapist for adults in a community clinic setting. For Head Start - Child Start, I supervised practicum-level therapists who were conducting therapy with preschool children in the milieu. Finally, I completed my predoctoral internship at Access Institute for Psychological Services in San Francisco where I was trained in and conducted psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy with adults. During this time, I was also an assessment teaching assistant who evaluated adolescents and adults through the use of psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessment batteries.
I am most passionate about and take pleasure in helping others understand themselves and the world around them, as well as putting in my own work of self-discovery. I believe that BACA offers a wonderful place for this work to begin for young folks, and I am very happy to be a part of the BACA team as the Lead Needs Assessment Counselor. My particular areas of interest include the development of young adult identity across intersections, multicultural issues (especially Asian American issues), the effects of social media on relationships, and interpersonal/romantic relationships. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my dog Cherry, cooking, and traveling.