Working one-on-one with a therapist allows you the special opportunity to feel understood, valued, and empowered to move towards growth and healing. 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. Together we will explore your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and identities so you feel free to live a meaningful life aligned with your values and inner wisdom.
My approach is informed by Existential-Humanism, feminism, and multiculturalism. I integrate helpful interventions like mindfulness from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in our sessions.
Play Therapy (ages 3-10)
If your child is struggling in school, having trouble adjusting to changes in the family (like the birth of a new sibling, job loss, divorce, or death of a loved one), or you're feeling frustrated by discipline and behavior issues... I'm here for you!
Play is the language of childhood. Young children respond to stress and change differently than adults do, and they communicate differently, too. As a play therapist, I provide a safe environment where children can express their emotions, learn coping skills, develop self-control, and build self-esteem in a way that comes naturally to them. I love working with children, and would be honored to help support your family!
We can do play therapy online from your own home!
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy
Parenting is hard! And children don't come with a manual.
I love supporting parents because I know they are the most important people in their child's life. Child-Parent Relationship Therapy is an effective way to reduce behavioral, emotional, and social concerns in children age 3-10 and it decreases parental stress!
When we work together, I will help you strengthen your bond with your child, teach you developmentally-appropriate skills to make playtime more meaningful and discipline more effective, and provide you with emotional support along the way.
What would it feel like to visit a healing space every week and be supported by other women and femmes of color? How would your life and relationships be better if you could share your inner experiences with folks who understand you?
Group therapy is an effective and affordable way to cultivate resilience, improve your relationship skills, and find your voice. Group therapy is unique because you work with a therapist to heal from depression, anxiety, and trauma in community with others. Being part of a group is a beautiful way to know you're not alone in your pain.
Therapy groups meet weekly for 10 weeks. My next virtual therapy group for women and femmes of color begins spring 2021.
Hi, I'm Sofia!
I believe each client has the capacity for healing and self-actualization. I bring genuine empathy, acceptance, curiosity, and hope 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.
I hold a master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University with a focus in chronic illness and disability. I have additional training and experience in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Grief Counseling, Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.
I am a passionate advocate and community leader. I am the founding President of the Oregon Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, serve as the Secretary of the Oregon Counseling Association, and served on the American Counseling Association Anti-Racism Taskforce in 2020.
I am the proud daughter of Muslim immigrants and am a first-generation college student. My mission is to center the voices of Black, Indigenous, POC, Disabled, Queer, Trans, and Affectionally Diverse communities within the counseling profession and co-create a world in which ALL people can find “a counselor who looks like me.”
As a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I am supervised by Summer Brown, LMFT and Kimberly Jayne, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S.
Schedule a free 20-minute conversation so we can get to know one another and find out if we are a good fit!
For safety, I currently offer video counseling sessions due to COVID-19. We will meet via a secure teletherapy platform for our appointments.
I offer a FREE 20 minute video consultation to help us get to know one another and decide if we are a good fit. I look forward to talking with you soon!