Hi, I’m Dr. Kimberly Miller, a Sacramento psychologist and neuropsychologist. I’m a native of the Santa Cruz, CA area and love doing anything outdoors. I became a psychologist because I enjoy being with people, learning from them, and doing work that makes a difference. Life is too short to do otherwise!
In developing assessments for both kids and adults, I take a person-centered approach. This means that the goal of the assessment is to help you or your child grow and learn, not reduce abilities to a bunch of numbers. I take pride in explaining all results carefully in an easy-to-understand way. You will leave the assessment clear about what is going on and what steps you need to take next!
When I see a patient for therapy, my work is based on cognitive behavioral therapy principals. My therapy philosophy is twofold. First, as the patient, you are in the driver’s seat creating change in your life. I am like the coach on the sidelines guiding you and cheering you on, but you need to be willing to do the work. Second, the same cookie-cutter therapy is not going to work for everyone. I take time to get to know you, your personality style, and customize what we work on together to fit for you.
I completed my undergraduate studies in psychology at UC Berkeley, then earned my PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology at University of Florida. My training background is primarily in cognitive behavioral therapy. I specialized in neuropsychology in graduate school and also did a neuropsychology internship. While away in Florida I missed the Bay Area, and moved back to California to do a 2-year postdoctoral residency in Neuropsychology at VA Northern California Health Care System.
my work experience
I previously worked as staff Neuropsychologist at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA and was also in private practice in Walnut Creek.
I moved to Sacramento in 2013 to work at the VA Sacramento Medical Center. At the VA, I served as Associate Director of Clinical Training for the Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology.
Currently, I am on the Clinical Faculty at UC Davis Medical School Department of Neurology. I previously taught at UC Berkeley, Department of Clinical Science. I love teaching young minds and watching people learn and grow! I am currently Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology Co-Chair for Sacramento Valley Psychological Association.
how do you find the right psychologist for you in Sacramento?
I am a firm believer that it is important to “shop around” for a psychologist to assess you or your child or to be you or your child’s therapist. After all, it is a relationship. Did you enter into a relationship with the first person you ever went out on a date with? Most likely not (and if you did, ok then, bad example!). Feel free to give me a call, talk to me a bit, and ask any questions you may have. Then, if you feel comfortable and want to proceed, you can set up an appointment.