Our Clinicians

True Thao

MSW, LICSW

True Thao is the principal therapist and founder of True Thao Counseling Services.  He is a well-respected and experienced clinician in the Twin Cities with nearly thirty years of clinical experience in community mental health, community-based organizations, and hospital trauma center/emergency setting, and with clients of many ethnics and cultural heritages, particularly with the Southeast Asian refugees.  He has significant experience in treating clients with anxiety, depression and trauma and is trained in trauma-focused evidence-based modalities.

He is also a well-known consultant and trainer in the Twin Cities.  Over the last twenty years, he has provided training on cross-cultural mental health to other mental health providers, the court system, companies in the private sector, manage-cared organizations, and specialty groups.  

Further, True has extensive supervision experience and is a MN Board of Social Work certified supervisor. True also speaks Hmong fluently and conversational Lao.

Sonam Lama

MA, MSW, LGSW, LADC

Sonam Lama is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She is currently in the third year of her doctorate program in psychology. Sonam has received intensive training on Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). In addition, she has received training in a client-centered approaches, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

Sonam has worked with ethnically and racially diverse clients providing psychotherapy and case management services since 2013. She employs culturally responsive client-centered approaches to empower clients via developing skills and strengthening of culturally specific support. Her interest in psychology grew after learning about how individuals with mental health illnesses were treated in her home country, Nepal. Thus, she entered this field with the hope to raise awareness of mental health and to provide mental health services to underserved populations, including immigrants and refugee communities. She believes in a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to help clients find meaning to their concerns. Sonam speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, and Tibetan.

Novia Josiah

MSW, LGSW

Novia Josiah-Isaac is a bicultural Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW).  In addition to her work at TTCS, she also has experience as a social worker and mental health case manager at The Center for Victims of Torture where she provided targeted case management services to refugees in primary care clinics through the Healing Hearts program.  She has professional experiences working with individuals and families affected by domestic violence, including refugees and immigrants.  She offers culturally responsive therapy in Karen and English to adults.

Novia speaks English, fluently in the Sgaw Karen dialect, Thai, and conversational Burmese.


TTCS is a mental health provider for UCare, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicaid, Medicare and Preferred One.

Referrals can be faxed to: 651-797-3061