Dr. Kimberly Tejada (PSB 94026579)

  • Adult Individual Therapy

  • Adolescent Individual Therapy

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 Dr. Tejada earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PhD) at Fuller Theological Seminary where she also earned dual master’s degrees—an MA in Psychology and a second MA in Christian Theology (which uniquely equips her to offer faith-based treatment if/as indicated).

 

Dr. Tejada has practiced therapy and/or offered clinical and neuropsychological testing continuously for going on eight years in diverse inpatient and outpatient settings. Most recently, Dr. Tejada completed a highly esteemed, APA-accredited internship at Sharp Healthcare’s Mesa Vista and McDonald Center hospitals here in San Diego. As a doctoral intern, she primarily provided individual, milieu, and group therapy to acute-care patients across the lifespan with wide-ranging diagnostic needs.

 

Dr. Tejada specializes in utilizing evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT orientation) and gravitates towards counseling adolescents, college students, and adults who are navigating depression, anxiety, loss, relationship/intimacy challenges, posttraumatic stress, and family/life transitions. Via a warm and empathic approach that is informed by the latest science, Dr. Tejada is passionate about equipping clients with coping strategies and resources for building resiliency.

 

Dr. Tejada completed her doctoral dissertation with a focus on the emotion regulation skill of (post-conflict) affective perspective-taking. Her grant-funded research investigated adolescents’ (peer and parental) conflicts and emotional recovery via their engagement on a novel smartphone app designed to promote character strengths. Dr. Tejada’s broader areas of research interests and expertise include virtue strengths such as gratitude.

 

In her personal time, Dr. Tejada enjoys the chaos and beauty of raising a young family with her husband, Moisés, and passing quality time with her extended (multicultural) family when possible. She is passionate about staying active—both physically and through community service. Dr. Tejada is also sister to a brother who navigates total blindness and cognitive challenges as a brain cancer survivor. That journey (during which she also functioned as a caregiver for years) catalyzed deep empathy for families on similar journeys and advocacy for people with dis- (or different) abilities.