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Dr. Laura Polhamus earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology in 2014 from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College). She concentrated in forensic psychology during the completion of her doctorate but also received training in the treatment, diagnosis, and evaluation of various other populations.

Dr. Polhamus prefers to utilize an integrative approach to treatment of psychological difficulties. In addition to the usage of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), her primary approach, Dr. Polhamus also uses methods stemming from Relapse Prevention, Family Systems, Humanistic theory, and Good Lives model. She believes in finding the best fit of modalities for each client.

In recent years, Dr. Polhamus’ primary area of practice has been working with sexual offenders in a residential setting. Prior to this experience, she worked in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, community mental health centers and other residential programs. At Somerset Psychological Group, P.A., her practice includes the treatment of adults with a variety of presenting concerns. Dr. Polhamus works with both self-referred clients and those referred through state agencies.

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Education

  • Psy.D.—Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), Clinical Psychology 2014
  • M.A.—Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), Professional Psychology, 2011
  • B.A.—Goucher College, Psychology, 2009

Professional Credentials

  • New Jersey Psychology License #5909

Experience

  • June 2018- present: Outpatient clinician Somerset Psychological Group, P.A., Somerville, NJ
  • July 2017- Present: Clinical Psychologist I NJ Department of Health, Rahway, NJ
  • September 2015- June 2017: Clinical Therapist Liberty Healthcare/Treatment and Detention Facility, Rushville, IL
  • September 2014- August 2015: Post-Doctoral Fellow Liberty Healthcare/Treatment and Detention Facility, Rushville, IL
  • August 2013- July 2014: Psychology Intern Heartland Behavioral Healthcare, Massillon, OH
  • August 2012- June 2013: Psychological Trainee Bridgewater State Hospital, Bridgewater, MA
  • September 2011- June 2012: Psychological Trainee Whitney Academy, East Freetown, MA
  • September 2010- June 2011: Advanced Practicum Trainee Community Counseling of Bristol County, Taunton, MA
  • September 2009- June 2011: Practicum Trainee The Psychological Center, Lawrence, MA