Sophia Rath, PhD
I identify strongly as an advocate of multiculturalism and social justice. My personal experiences as a woman of color and child of Cambodian refugees have made me starkly aware of how abuses of power contribute to oppression. The celebration of diversity and the promotion of social justice are central to my approach to therapeutic work. My goal is to empower individuals representing diversity in race, ethnicity, immigration status, age, gender expression, socioeconomic status, ability, religious/spiritual, and LGBTQ+ identities to reach their fullest potential.
How I Help
My philosophy about counseling is rooted in the idea that our lives are heavily influenced by relationships. Whether we are talking about the relationship with ourselves, a parent, or a significant other, I believe that many of our struggles are connected to meaningful experiences we have had with others. As a counseling psychologist, I strive to understand my clients from a holistic point of view that is sensitive to our unique identities and backgrounds. Although I conceptualize my work with clients from a primary framework, I do not practice "one size fits all" therapy and customize therapeutic work to complement each client's needs and multicultural identity.
My dog, Coco, often accompanies me to work. Please keep this in mind if you have allergies and/or aversions to animals.
I completed my Master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from the California State University in Fullerton. After spending some time working in a community mental health agency and a psychiatric hospital for older adults, it became clear that there was so much more to learn. I returned to graduate school and earned the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. During my time in the Midwest I completed a doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association at the Michigan State University Counseling Center. This experience included intensive training working with university students, couples, psychological testing and evaluation, and completion of the Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance (MECCA) certificate in multicultural counseling. I completed my postdoctoral residency at Washington State University's Counseling and Psychological Services specializing in psychological testing and evaluation, as well as a fellowship at the WSU Psychology Clinic focusing on couples counseling.
Other past professional experiences include providing therapy and crisis intervention in various settings. Thise include K-12 public schools, residential treatment, and hospitals. I also have extensive experience in community outreach and providing clinical supervision to Master's and doctoral students training to be counselors.