Sophie Schuyler,M.A.

Doctoral Intern

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My clinical work and research focus on identifying and reducing barriers to academic success and psychological wellbeing faced by undergraduate and graduate students who are part of marginalized groups. I have the most experience working with LGBTQ+ students, first-generation college students, and women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.

 

Another predominant area of focus for me is addressing clients’ substance use and addiction concerns. As an undergraduate, I designed my own interdisciplinary major in Human Behavior, Addiction, and Healing, learning about the psychological, biological, social, and spiritual aspects of addiction. Following my B.A., I worked as a residential counselor at an inpatient treatment center for women in addiction recovery. While earning my M.A. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, I studied and practiced mindfulness-based interventions for addiction, including DBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP).

 

Before starting my doctoral internship at the JHU Counseling Center, I gained further experience providing individual and group therapy to clients from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings in Massachusetts and California, including the Bedford VA Medical Center, the Brandeis University Counseling Center (BCC), and Haight Ashbury Psychological Services (HAPS). My approach to counseling is person-centered, warm, nonjudgmental, and collaborative. As Carl Rogers famously stated, “It’s the relationship that heals,” and I believe that each client needs to feel truly safe, seen, heard, and empowered within the therapeutic relationship for change to occur.

 

In addition to being a therapist I am a singer/songwriter and guitarist. I greatly enjoy performing and have a wide repertoire of popular song covers, earning me the nickname of Human Jukebox. My other favorite activities outside of work include taking walks in nature, watching films/television series, baking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.