Dr. Bryan Gaviria-Jimenez is a post-doctoral fellow who joined Spectrum after completing his pre-doctoral internship with Child & Family Guidance Center in Los Angeles, California. In terms of educational background, Bryan completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Bryan sought out a dual doctorate/master’s program in clinical psychology (PsyD) from Adler University in Chicago, IL. During his doctorate program, Bryan specialized in his clinical training in child and adolescent clinical psychology.
During graduate school, Bryan’s clinical training experience was intensive and fulfilling as he worked predominately with underserved youth and families. He completed his diagnostic assessment training with Riveredge Hospital in Illinois, where he served as the only Spanish speaking practicum extern for his cohort class. Subsequently, Bryan completed his therapy practicum experience with Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center, where he expanded his behavioral therapeutic approach with children and adolescents presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders, mood-related disorders, and medical diagnoses. Lastly, he completed his advanced practicum training dedicating his clinical expertise to both therapy and diagnostic assessment for a community mental health center that provides mental health services to underserved children within selected catholic schools in the archdiocese of Chicago.
Bryan specializes in working with clients 18 and younger and aims to provide his clients and families with a therapeutic space that embodies inclusivity, sensitivity, non-judgment, and unconditional positive regard. The exploration of childhood and family history is crucial to Bryan’s understanding of a client’s presenting problem and conceptualization within the treatment. Bryan ascribes to the ADDRESSING Model, by Pamela Hays who believes in the importance of integrating cultural dynamics to therapy, as it provides the therapeutic relationship to flow with authenticity and care for the client’s lived experience. Working with clients and families from a person-centered therapeutic style, Bryan focuses on assisting clients and families to develop their insight skills to be able to be their own active agent for change within the therapeutic setting. He focuses on bringing awareness to strengths the client and family identify in order to collaboratively guide an individual towards a process of understanding, challenge, growth, and change.
Bryan encourages his client to bring their authenticity into the therapeutic space in order to allow for the process of therapy to develop both organically and comfortably. Bryan’s clinical interests in other areas/population he has specialized his research in include the following: Mood, Adjustment, and Behavior Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Eating Disorders, Body Image Issues, LGBTQ+ individuals, and the inclusion of both Cultural Competency and Cultural Humility in the work psychologists provide to clients.
Professionally, Bryan is actively involved with the American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association, and National Latinx Psychological Association.