Sofia F

Sofia F
Position
Doctoral intern
Student Wellness Centre

Doctoral intern

Education:

  • The Wright Institute (Doctor of Psychology - PsyD Candidate)
  • Columbia University (MA, Clinical Psychology)

About 

I was born and raised in Toronto; a visitor on the unceded land of the Haudenosaunee, Ojiway/Chippeway, Quandat, and Anishanabek people. My ancestors are Irish settlers and I am Ashkenazi. I now work, live and play on unceded Lekwungen territories, home to the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱ŚANÉC peoples. I identify as bisexual, I am feminine and identify as a woman. My pronouns are she and her.

I have worked in community mental health with young adults, elders, children and families on the topics of grief, loss, depression/anxiety, and sexual identity among others. I am especially interested in how these issues show up in the body as fatigue, chronic pain, illness, work-related stress, relational strains, and ongoing anxiety. My background as a yoga teacher, meditation instructor, and artist inform my approach to counseling, which is holistic by nature.  

Counselling approach

My training and approach is psychodynamic, insight-oriented and mindfulness-based. I prescribe to an existential-humanistic lens that invites the client to express their unique struggle in a safe space. Together we explore alternative perspectives to that struggles that might make life a little more manageable.

Areas of interest

  • Death/Loss/Grief
  • Mind/Body Connection
  • Spirituality
  • Sexual Identity
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Relational challenges

Personal

Dancing, painting, and meditation.