Dr. Soderstrom, Psychology Resident, was born in Fargo, ND and lived in New Rockford and Minot before she moved with her family to Devils Lake in 1979. She graduated from Devils Lake High School and received a BA in Political Science with minors in English and Women's Studies and a BS in Psychology from North Dakota State University in Fargo. She attended Argosy University-Minnesota School of Professional Psychology/Twin Cities where she earned her Doctor of Psychology Degree, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. She completed a clinical internship at Statevill and Dwight Correction Centers, a men's and womens' maximum security prison, in the Chicago area. Her postdoctoral residency has been with Lake Region Law Enforcement Center and Blooming Prairie Assessment and Therapy Center, both in Devils Lake.
While at LRLEC, Dr. Soderstrom worked with juvenile inmates sentenced federally and tribally, as well as adults from time to time. She employs a mix of theories; client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused; whatever fits best for the client. Dr. Soderstrom developed a juvenile sex offender program at LRLEC, facilitated cognitive restructuring and anger management groups, and worked with individuals with many different issues, such as grief and loss, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse vicitimization, parenting, and social skills. Dr. Soderstrom provides individual, couples, and family therapy. She also provides psychological evaluations and is a psychology consultant for Four Winds School. Dr. Soderstrom also has Level I training in couples therapy from the Gottman Institute.
Dr. Soderstrom's hope in working with clients is that they are able to make changes in their life so they are happier and more productive. She wants her clients to look at their past and learn from it and then be able to move forward.