Dr. Kim Aberle is a psychological assistant at Healing Pathways Psychological Services. She is currently gaining hours towards licensure under Dr. Kashersky’s direct supervision.
Kim attended Crandall University in Eastern Canada for her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. For graduate school, she attended Trinity Western University in British Columbia. In 2020, she earned her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from California Southern University, graduating magna cum laude.
Kim has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. She began working in residential treatment with adolescent boys struggling with substance abuse issues. Her Master’s thesis addressed recidivism and protective factors in this population.
Upon moving to California in 2000, she was hired by Placer County Health and Human Services and has served in a variety of roles in the public sector, including helping clients in the child welfare system work towards family reunification. She has also helped foster youth learn coping skills and emotional regulation while processing their often difficult and traumatic backgrounds.
Most recently, Kim has been sharpening her clinical skills by managing specialty mental health service delivery to youth in group home placements. She has been tasked with following some of the county’s most mentally challenged youth throughout their placements to provide continuity of care.
Kim’s doctoral dissertation involved in-depth research on commercially sexually exploited youth and how treatment providers can best serve them. Her clinical interests include helping clients process intense feelings, develop emotional regulation skills, and navigate trauma.
Though Kim loves working with youth, she enjoys working with adults and couples as well. Her approach to therapy is client-centered and trauma-informed. She uses active listening, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and mindfulness with her clients. She is interested in EMDR and has honed clinical skills in working with clients struggling with trauma, grief, relationship issues, loss, depression, anxiety, sexual exploitation, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.
The client-therapist relationship is vital, and Kim prides herself on her ability to connect with others in meaningful ways to promote change and help clients meet their goals.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys the outdoors with her husband, son, and dog. She also loves to travel, cook and quilt.