Hello and welcome! My name is Sophia (pronouns: she/her/hers). I hold a master’s degree in counselling from Adler University, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The University of Victoria and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Liana as part of my clinical practicum, and honoured to officially be a part of her practice. I also have previous experience working for a non-profit organization helping individuals, families and couples navigate a wide range of challenges including: substance abuse, disordered eating/body image, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, chronic pain, grief/loss, trauma and life transitions.
As I immerse myself in this profession, my fascination with the human mind, relationships and personal growth continues to deepen. My passion for mental health and supporting others in their path to healing is also rooted in personal experience. I’ve learned that with suffering/pain there often comes immense strength and resilience, and I’m constantly inspired by the opportunity that counselling gives both clients and therapists to grow and change into more authentic versions of themselves.
As a therapist and fellow human being, I am also committed to appreciating individual diversity and understanding its impact on one’s identity. My work includes individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities or impairments, and all genders, ages, race/ethnicities, sexual orientations, spiritual/religious backgrounds are appreciated and accepted.
When I’m not working with clients, I love spending time with my friends and family, moving my body and exploring the outdoors as much as possible. I also enjoy slowing down by making homemade cards and other crafts, listening to a wide selection of music and reading in the sun.
Having gone through my own journey as a client, I know that it takes courage to reach out for help, particularly when feeling vulnerable, anxious, overwhelmed, or wrought with emotion. I strongly believe that everyone is capable of making lasting changes at a time and pace that is fitting for them. While I have the knowledge and training to help guide the therapeutic process, I trust that you are the expert of your own life and inner experience. Using a collaborative, holistic approach, I will meet you where you’re at with respect to your unique concerns, strengths, and therapeutic goals. My counselling experience has also shown me that healing occurs through connection and relationships, starting with the one you have with yourself. My mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which you are able to reconnect with who you truly are.
In my practice, I bring genuineness, compassion, creativity and curiosity into each session. Focusing on the here and now experience, I primarily draw from person-centered, somatic (body oriented), and mindfulness based methods and interventions. I also incorporate a variety of other evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to explore barriers and limiting beliefs that may be keeping you stuck.
Fancy words aside, the essence of my approach involves viewing you as a whole person rather than only focusing on specific symptoms. Together, we will work with all aspects of the self — considering the body, mind, spirit and emotions. My aim is to help you connect with your inner resources and true values, and to address the obstacles preventing you from living your most fulfilling life.
I?m currently offering sliding scale rates both in person and online. If you have any questions please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org I would be happy to assist you in any way that I can, and look forward to meeting you.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” -Carl Rogers