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J. Sophia Nam
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Clinical Psychotherapist
Ph.D.

I am a licensed psychologist in the United States and Korea. Drawing on more than 10 years of clinical experience, I help children, adolescents, and adults navigate life complexities and address their psychological concerns (from mood and identity issues to complex trauma). I have worked across hospital, university, residential treatment, community mental health center, and school settings.

I specialize in providing culturally competent integrative psychotherapy, as well as neuropsychological assessment, consultation, crisis intervention, case management, and advocacy. Previously, I held academic positions at two Korean universities as an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Counseling Psychology.

I also received clinical training through various teaching hospitals of the Harvard and Boston University Medical Schools, including the Cambridge Health Alliance, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and Boston Medical Center. I obtained my B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College, an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. With my roots in three different continents, I have a special interest in global diaspora issues, as well as global mobility, work and career, holistic well-being, trauma, and chronic mental illnesses.

I focus on creating an empathetic, predictable, and safe therapeutic environment through the use of evidence-based techniques, including psychodynamic therapy (PDT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

Education and Training
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Boston College; APA Accredited
M.Ed., Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard University, Specialization: Adolescent Mental Health
B.A., Psychology, Wellesley College
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Services (Specialty areas: international students, chronic medical and mental health issues, depression, anxiety, panic, gender and cultural identity)
Clinical Fellowship/APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School (Specialty areas: complex trauma, global refugee mental health; Asian/Middle Eastern mental health; emergency consultation-liaison services)
Specialty Interests
Individual and group psychotherapy using psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior therapy, and integrative approaches
Mood and anxiety disorders, complex trauma/PTSD, self-esteem, cultural and gender identity, interpersonal relationships, chronic medical and psychological health issues, work and career, academic stress, adoption, forensic psychology
Neuropsychological, personality, and psychoeducational assessments for learning and memory
Psychology-related training and supervision
Certifications
Licensed psychologist (#IN 20043070A) – State of Indiana, USA
Nationally certified clinical psychologist (#1583) – Republic of Korea (South)
Professional counselor (#756) – Republic of Korea
Criminal psychologist (#19-00-008) – Republic of Korea
Professional Memberships
Korean Psychological Association; Korean Counseling Association
American Psychological Association, Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), Division 52 (International Psychology)
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