Kelsey M. Smoker Baker, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow & Registered Psychological Assistant PSB94024504
Supervised by Jessica Farber, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist PSY 22360 

Christian Counseling Center San Jose
3880 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 202
San Jose, CA 95124

Voicemail: (408) 508-6243



Since 2018, I have had the pleasure of supervising Dr. Kelsey Smoker Baker.  Dr. Smoker Baker is a Post Doctoral Fellow and Registered Psychological Assistant specializing in trauma, anxiety, and stress for adolescents and adults.  In 2018, Dr. Smoker Baker completed her pre-doctoral residency at Clifford Beers Clinic, a designated trauma treatment center located in New Haven, Connecticut. She brings with her to the Bay Area over 8 years of experience providing specialized therapy to individuals in the middle of stressful circumstances, life transitions, and traumatic events. Dr. Smoker Baker is currently in the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California and is operating under the supervision of me, Dr. Jessica Farber.  I have every confidence in the exceptional nature of her clinical work and feel that she has a unique way of connecting to and helping her clients. 

Dr. Smoker Baker is an east coast native and she enjoys spending time in the sunshine, growing her patio garden, and browsing the subreddit r/aww. She currently lives in San Jose with her husband and senior rescue dog, Crouton.

  • 2008 - 2010: Held internships at The Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Wellspan/Philhaven Day Hospital (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Comprehensive Care Medicine: Lancaster General Hospital (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), and Umtha Welanga (Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa). 
  • 2010 - 2011: Provided therapeutic and behavioral support for pre-adolescent youth at Catholic Charities Lancaster Intensive Day Treatment Program, a multidisciplinary intensive day treatment facility located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 
  • 2011 - 2013: Worked as a Sexual Assault Therapist at the YWCA Lancaster: Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania providing individual and group psyhotherapy with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual abuse and sexual trauma. Provided therapeutic support to adults and children during SAFE exams, accompaniment to court proceedings, and presented numerous workshops and trainings to the community and staff members on various topics related to sexual abuse, assault, and violence.  
  • 2013 - 2014: Provided individual therapy services at Fuller Psychological and Family Services in Pasadena, California.  
  • 2014 - 2015: Worked at Oakwood Family Treatment Centers, a private practice therapy center, in Pasadena, California, providing 1:1 therapeutic mentoring and individual psychotherapy to adolescents and their families.  
  • 2014 - 2015: Provided individual, parent-child dyad, group, and DIR/Floortime psychotherapy at Elizabeth House, a residential housing facility, in Pasadena California.  
  • 2015 - 2016: Provided intensive individual and group therapy at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California, a multidisciplinary inpatient psychiatric hospital and drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. 
  • 2016 - 2017: Worked as a Floortime Specialist providing attachment based DIR/Floortime therapeutic interventions with children and families at Greenhouse Therapy Center in Pasadena, California.  
  • 2016 - 2017: Conducted psychological assessments for children and adolescents at Hathaway Sycamores Child and Family Services located in Los Angeles, California.    
  • 2017 -2018: Completed my Pre-Doctoral Psychology Residency at Clifford Beers Clinic, located in New Haven, Connecticut, providing individual and family therapy, as well as psychological evaluations, with children, adolescents, and adults impacted by significant environmental and traumatic stress. 
  • 2018 - Present:  In the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Psychologist providing psychotherapy in Private Practice working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow & Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94024504) at Christian Counseling Center San Jose in San Jose, California, under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Farber, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist (PSY 22360). 


Introducing Dr. Smoker Baker

A note from Dr. Smoker Baker:

Additional Trainings:

  • 2010: Graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in Social Work and International Studies 
  • 2013: Graduated from Missio Seminary with a M.A. in Counseling
  • 2015: Graduated from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology with a M.A. in Psychology
  • 2018: Graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a M.A. in Intercultural Studies 
  • 2018: Graduated from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 
  • 2018: Completed EMDR Part I & II trainings through EMDR Consulting in San Jose, California
  • 2015: Completed trainings and certifications in Evidenced Based Treatments including Crisis Prevention Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, and Seeking Safety at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California
  • 2013: Completed a specialized training course entitled International Trauma Recovery: Global Institute of Trauma through The Global Trauma Institute in Hatfield, Pennsylvania
  • 2013: Completed a comprehensive training program targeting and responding to sexual abuse and victimization in religious communities entitled Responding to Sexual Abuse in the Church in Hatfield, Pennsylvania
  • 2012 & 2017: Completed training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • 2012: Completed the 40-Hour Sexual Assault Certification through the YWCA Lancaster in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 2012: Attended Racial Justice Institute conducted by the YWCA Lancaster in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 2012 - 2013: Completed trainings on Cultural Diversity in the Clinical Setting, Human Sexuality, Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Persons with Disabilities, The LGBTQ Community and Sexual Violence, and Vicarious Trauma presented by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 2011 & 2012: Attended the National Sexual Assault Conference in Boston, Massachusetts (2011) and Chicago, Illinois (2012)

​Work and Clinical Experience:

I genuinely seek to build an authentic therapy relationship with each of my clients, as research shows that therapy works best when there is a strong connection between the therapist and client. While the treatment I provide is rooted in scientific research and guided by relevant theoretical principles, I strongly believe in meeting you where you’re at in your journey - judgement free - with empathy, warmth, safety, and a sense of humor. No blank stares or endless “and how does that make you feels” here - which can sometimes feel cold, sterile, or stuffy. I am eager to help you build your goals for therapy, and have extensive expertise in assessing, diagnosing, and treating trauma, anxiety, and stress (including general life stress, school stress, health stress, or social stress) with teens and adults across all walks of life.

Whether you are coming to therapy for the first time, or have attended therapy before, my hope is to facilitate lasting change, growth, and healing for past wounds or emerging stressful or overwhelming symptoms. More specifically, I tailor your therapy treatment to meet your goals using a variety of evidenced based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). In our work together I primarily use a Psychodynamic Therapy framework to build insight into how past wounds impact your current symptoms.