Xiaoxia Song

Title: Senior Staff Psychologist 

Alma Mater: Ohio University (2017)

Professional Interests: My approach to therapy is an integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal process, cultural-relational, and cognitive-behavioral therapies as well as overarching multicultural approach. I identify myself as a generalist who enjoys working with clients with a wide range of concerns. My primary clinical interests include working with mood disorders, trauma, interpersonal concerns, spirituality, identity development, and cultural adjustment.

Personal Interests: I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my loved ones.

Professional Interests

I have experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, community mental health clinics, a substance abuse residential program, and now university counseling center. I have been exposed to a broad range of presenting concerns, including severe mental illness, and enjoy working with various clinical concerns. Therefore, I strongly identify as a generalist. However, I am particularly drawn to working with and have sought opportunities to build additional knowledge in certain areas. My clinical areas of interest include: mood disorders, trauma, family of origin, eating disorders, grief and loss, personality disorders (i.e., borderline personality disorder), international student adjustment, and cultural identities.

In addition to my clinical interests, I also have strong research interests and value a scientist-practitioner model. My research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, therapeutic alliance, therapist and client matching, cross-cultural issues in psychotherapy, and help-seeking behaviors. I value the integration of research and clinical practice.

Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach

I strongly believe in the dignity and resilience in each individual. I think each of my client brings their uniqueness and I embrace the richness of diversity in each of them. I approach my clinical work from an integrative perspective that pulls together cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal process therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, dialectic behavior therapy etc. I try to match treatment interventions with client’s needs, characteristics, readiness to change, and cultural backgrounds. I am mindful of providing evidence-based treatments, and try to be flexible and adapt my interventions based on each individual client’s unique situation.

I believe each individual has their own inner wisdom. As a therapist, I view my role as one of the many factors that helps client to remove barriers from connecting with their within, or the fragmented parts of self. To facilitate a self-exploration process, I acknowledge the centrality of having a safe environment in treatment. I find it invigorating to develop a genuine and transformative connection with clients that will serve to be a corrective experience. I also strive to understand how the cultural surroundings contribute to the disconnectedness of self and with others, which is what often causes emotional distress.

Supervision Approach and Model

I primarily use a developmental model in supervision and tailor my approach to the interests and developmental stage of my supervisees. I strive to create a safe environment in which my supervisees feel comfortable to explore and develop their own unique perspectives and clinical styles. I tend to implement the use of self in supervision to facilitate supervisee in processing both clinically-related issues and professional development issues. I also facilitate supervisee to reflect on how diversity issues may affect our supervisory relationship or clinical work with their clients.