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Biography

Linda Suriyakham Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist providing individual psychotherapy and counseling to adults. She maintains a private practice (Stonington Psychology LLC) in Stonington Connecticut, founded in 2012. 

Linda is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (William James College) where she earned a Post-Doctoral Certificate of Respecialization in Clinical Psychology. She received a Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience) from the University of Chicago in 2007, an MA in Social Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Chicago in 2003, and has a BA in Neuroscience, cum laude, phi beta kappa from Pomona College in 2001. 

Throughout four years of supervised clinical training she developed specialties in providing behavioral and psychotherapeutic interventions to families of children with special needs (infancy - adolescence), and providing outpatient psychotherapy to younger and older adults with a variety of presenting concerns from identity development, learning disorders, co-existing health conditions, trauma, sexual assault, substance use, relationship issues and psychiatric conditions.  Linda has received training and education in application of the most up-to-date evidence-based treatments.  These are the treatments that research has demonstrated as being effective for specific psychological disorders such as depression, other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and clients with health-interfering behaviors.

Linda has received training in Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices from Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, and uses these approaches to deepen awareness, reduce stress and lessen maladaptive reactions to suffering. She has continuing education training in nutritional psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and professional ethics, among other areas. In 2017 Linda completed the semester-long course (28 hours) Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, and Empathy: The Living Brave Continuing Education Course, taught by Brené Brown. 

In addition to her clinical experience, Linda has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on diverse topics such as Relationships in Young Adulthood, The Experience of College Students with Asperger's Disorder, Participation in Online Mental Health Communities, Sex in College Relationships, Language Development, The Development of Language Functions Following Neonatal Brain Lesions, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Nonverbal Communication in Learning Processes, and The Development of Number Perception in Infancy. She has published several psychological research papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented her academic research at international conferences in psychological sciences. 


Linda has taught graduate students at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology as Adjunct Faculty in the Clinical Psy.D. Program.  She researched parent-child interactions in preschool cognitive development for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago, where she received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences for her research. She was a winner of the John Dewey Prize Lectureship at the University of Chicago in 2005.

Linda is an interactive, solution-focused therapist.  She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. 

Education
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology: Post-Doctoral Certificate of Respecialization in Clinical Psychology, 2011
University of Chicago: Ph.D. Psychology, 2007
University of Chicago: M.A. Social Sciences 2003
Pomona College: B.A. Neuroscience, 2001, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude 

License
Connecticut Psychology License 003158

Rhode Island Psychology License 01299


Hobbies and Interests
Violin, Travel, Skiing, Gardening