Ashley Sovereign Psy.D.

Ashley Sovereign, Psy.D.

Program Director and Core Professor, Doctor of Psychology Program

Brother Louis Hall, BLH137    |    Campus Box: # 28
(612) 238-4557   |   asoverei@smumn.edu


Dr. Sovereign is the Program Director for the PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology, after serving five years as the Director of Clinical Training. 

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Research interests include qualitative methods, particularly Consensual Qualitative Research methodology, and qualitative meta-analysis. Other teaching and clinical interests include existential approaches to psychotherapy, group therapy, clinical supervision, counselor development, gender issues, healthy sexuality, social justice, and personal values. 

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    Qualitative Research Methods; Supervision and Consultation; Vocational Assessment and Career Counseling, Dissertation Proposal Seminar; Counseling with Diverse Sexual and Gender Identities, Practicum Seminar, Proseminar.

  • Professional Organizations

    LGBT Therapists: Minnesota's lesbian gay bisexual transgender & allied mental health providers' network; 2013-present.

  • Education

    University of St. Thomas, Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology; Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services; University of Iowa, B.A. in Theatre Arts, minor in Women's Studies. 

    Doctoral Project: Psychotherapists’ personal values: Training strategies for self-awareness. Committee: Len Jennings, Ph.D., L.P., and Melissa Pederson Mussell, Ph.D., L.P.

  • Experience

    Dr. Sovereign has been teaching at the graduate level since 2004 and is a licensed psychologist with a private psychotherapy and consultation practice with a focus on grief and loss, as well as sexuality and relationships. Dr. Sovereign is involved in ongoing qualitative research and is an item writer in the research domain for the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).

  • Links

    Psychology Today: Therapist list - Ashley Sovereign