Kyra Mendoza-James, Psy.D.

Psychologist, Lic. No. PSY24649

Dr. Mendoza-James received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2009. She has more than nine years of training and practical experience in the mental health field where she has worked in a variety of settings including: residential, corrections, community mental health, in-patient, outpatient clinics and non-profit sectors.

Dr. Mendoza-James provides psychotherapy and crisis intervention to women incarcerated by the State of California. She prides herself on the growth and development of new clinicians entering the field and is currently a clinical supervisor for pre-doctoral interns. She is passionate about diversity issues and developed a training program; I’m Not Who You See: Increasing Clinician’s Awareness about the Impact of Negative Media Images on African Americans. She provides the training program as an educational instrument for trainees, interns, and experienced clinicians.

During the course of her career, Dr. Mendoza-James has continuously exhibited passion in working with underserve and at-risk populations such as: community mental health, victims of domestic violence, incarcerated youth, victims of trauma, and individuals with chronic mental illness. She has worked with survivors of Domestic Violence, LGBT community, children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Mendoza-James believes that treatment is unique to each individual thereby she uses an eclectic approach in treating the whole person.

Addiction, anxiety, codependency, ineffective coping skills, depression, divorce, domestic violence, dual diagnosis, family conflict, grief, marital and premarital issues, mood disorders, parenting issues, racial identity issues, low self-esteem, women’s issues

Treatment Preference

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Multiculturally Sensitive Intervention, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eclectic Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Systems Intervention, Narrative Therapy


Individuals, Couples

Age Specialty

Adolescents/teenagers (14-19), adults, elders (65+)