Hi, I'm Sofia!
Wellness naturally arises when we experience empathy, acceptance, curiosity, and hope in relationships. I aim to bring these qualities to our therapeutic relationship, and support you in creating this kind of relationship with the important people in your life.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold a master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling from Portland State University. I have advanced training and experience in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, grief counseling, Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, and participate in continuing education regularly to stay up-to-date about best practices in the profession.
I have 5 years of experience as a therapist, and 3 years of experience in private practice. I love this work!
I offer Child-Centered Play Therapy to children ages 3-10 experiencing loss and change in the family (including grief, divorce, and new siblings), problems at school and with peer relationships, anger, and anxiety.
I offer Person-Centered Therapy to adolescents and adults navigating racial identity development, racial stress, parenting, intergenerational trauma, family dynamics, grief, anxiety, adjustment to chronic illness and disability, and those longing to find meaning, balance, and satisfaction in career and relationships.
I primarily serve Asian, Black, Native, Latiné, and Muslim clients, children of immigrants, and folks in the queer, trans, and nonbinary community.
My approach draws from Person-Centered Therapy and Existential Humanism, and is informed by a Multicultural, Feminist, and trauma-informed lens.
I believe each client has the capacity for healing and self-actualization. I bring my full authentic self into my relationship with clients so they may feel understood, valued, and empowered to move towards growth at every point in the lifespan. I celebrate my clients’ unique culture, wisdom, strengths, and identities. I collaborate with clients to explore how systems of power and oppression impact their well-being. I support clients in making meaning in their lives and relationships.
My Locations of Self
I am a South Asian, cisgender woman of color. My parents are Muslim immigrants to the United States from Tanzania and India. I am a first-generation college student and a highly educated, middle class, married adult. I am currently able-bodied, currently in a smaller body. My role as a counselor educator, supervisor, and board member of the Oregon Board of Psychology means that I serve as a gatekeeper to the profession.
My Professional Identity
Service and leadership are a rewarding part of my professional identity. I currently hold a Governor-appointed, Senate-confirmed position on the Oregon Board of Psychology. I am the Past President of the Oregon Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, served as the Secretary of the Oregon Counseling Association, and served on the American Counseling Association Anti-Racism Taskforce in 2020.
I received the Human Rights Award from the Oregon Counseling Association in 2020; the Distinguished Graduate Student Award from Portland State University in 2020; the Emerging Graduate Student Leader Award from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development in 2020; and was named a National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellow in 2019.
I am the proud daughter of Muslim immigrants and am a first-generation college student. I have been an adjunct instructor in Portland State University's Counselor Education Department since 2020.
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