Dr. J. Sophia Nam

Biography

Dr. Sophia is a licensed psychologist both in the United States and Korea. She has more than a decade of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults from vastly diverse backgrounds across hospital, university, residential treatment, community mental health center, and school settings. Dr. Nam specializes in providing culturally-competent integrative psychotherapy, as well as neuropsychological assessment, consultation, crisis intervention, case management, and advocacy.

Working through psychodynamically informed CBT/DBT modalities, Dr. Nam infuses systemic perspectives from multicultural psychology to provide a warm, structured, and safe therapeutic environment. She places tremendous importance in contextualized work that empowers her clients to adapt and masterfully navigate their complex lives. With her own roots in three different continents, Dr. Nam enjoys working with issues related to the global diaspora. Her clinical and research interests pertain to international mobility, work and career, holistic well-being, trauma and chronic mental illness, topics on which she has presented internationally.

Previously, Dr. Nam held academic positions at two Korean universities as an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, while maintaining a practice in therapy and supervision. She 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. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College, an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.

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 psycho-educational assessments for learning and memory
  • Training and supervision in psychology
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 Membership
  • Korean Psychological Association; Korean Counseling Association
  • American Psychological Association, Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), Division 52 (International Psychology)

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