I truly love therapy! I have dedicated my life to learning the best ways to help people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. I have over 9 years of advanced education, formal training, and professional experience in the field of psychology. I am originally from a small town in southern Nevada, but began my psychology training in the Las Vegas area by working with children and adolescents who had experienced traumatic events while I attended UNLV. It was during this time that my love of therapy flourished, particularly my passion for working with survivors of trauma. During my graduate training at the University of Indianapolis, I specialized in adult psychopathology and psychotherapy during which time I worked in a community mental health clinic, private practice, and VA Medical Centers providing general mental health care to adults, couples, and families. My specialized training and experience provided a solid foundation for my internship and residency where I treated Veterans who experienced traumatic events, including combat and sexual assault, and other anxiety disorders. Over the years, I have developed numerous clinical and administrative projects such as helping survivors of sexual assault regain control over their sexual functioning and developing a comprehensive framework for providing services to many diverse cultural and racial groups. My theoretical orientation, education, research experiences, and clinical experiences provide me with a unique skill set for understanding and addressing the many needs of adults experiencing mental health concerns. Some of my favorite things in therapy include exposure-based interventions for anxiety and trauma disorders, working with individuals who identify as transgender, and providing sex therapy to individuals and couples.
I continue to regularly attend classes and workshops because I am always looking for more ways to understand and help my clients as well as advocate for those who are often unable to advocate for themselves. For example, I am currently in the process of completing my sex therapist certification through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Additionally, I serve as the Secretary for the Executive Board of the Nevada Psychological Association as well as the APA Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the state of Nevada. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in both Washington and Nevada and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Nevada Psychological Association, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. I truly look forward to meeting new individuals, learning about their past and present, and developing a collaborative way to help them recover and take back control of their future. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, trying new sushi locations in the area, playing with my puppy, and practicing my nail art skills (my polish collection is bordering on unhealthy at this point).
VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division, Postdoctoral Psychology Residency, PTSD Specialty
Hefner VA Medical Center, Pre-Doctoral Internship
University of Indianapolis, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Adult Psychopathology and Psychotherapy
- Dissertation: Effects of Gender on Peritraumatic Affective, Dissociative, and Trauma-like Responses: A Rape Analogue
University of Indianapolis, M.A. in Clinical Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A. in Psychology with minor in Marriage and Family Therapy
Select Publications & Presentations
Soper, J. (October, 2016). Professional Growth: Finances, Job Options, and Future Directions. Presented at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division, Seattle, WA.
Soper, J. (September, 2015). An Introduction to Sex Therapy. Presented at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division, Tacoma, WA.
Elwood, L., Soper, J., and Olatunji, B. (January, 2015). Anger Management Techniques. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
Naydenov, C., Elwood, L., and Soper, J. (November, 2015). An Examination of Rape Myth Acceptance, Sex Differences, and Distress in a Rape Film Analogue Study. Poster accepted for presentation at the Indiana Psychological Association Conference, Merrillville, IN.
Allmond, J., Emsley, S., and Soper, J. (February, 2015). Sexually Problematic Behavior. Presented at the Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, NC.
Soper, J. & Elwood, L. (November, 2013). Effects of Gender on Peritraumatic Affective, Dissociative, and Trauma-Like Responses: A Rape Analogue. Poster accepted for presentation at the Indiana Psychological Association Conference, Merrillville, IN.
Soper, J., Duckworth, H., Nabors, L., Lewis, D., and Mabrey, T. (October, 2013). Education, Utility, and Application of Psychological Training with First Responders. Paper presented at the Indiana Academy of Social Science Conference, Muncie, IN
Elster, J., & Soper, J. (July, 2013). Evidence-Based Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse Disorders. Presented at the Susan Li Conference, Indianapolis, IN
“They have stolen the heart from inside you, but this does not define you. This is not who you are. You know who you are”