Sofia is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with over half a decade of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She has done drop-in wellness counseling for young adults, facilitated support groups for trauma survivors, supported students and their families at a Pre-K through 8 school. She has spent the last 3 years in San Francisco working with LGBTQI individual adults and couples helping them navigate difficult developmental milestones, career stressors, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance dependency, and much more.
One of Sofia’s greatest passions is helping her clients gain insight into how they can go from feeling like they’re just barely surviving to thriving. She firmly believes that her clients have everything they need to achieve their goals within themselves. In her work she helps her clients unlock their personal strengths and gain the necessary tools to create a life of both fulfillment and wellbeing. Her emphasis is on helping people improve their relationships with themselves and others, build self-confidence, overcome trauma, explore and learn healthier behavioral patterns, overcome depression and anxiety, create healthier and happier relationships with one’s body, connect with their sexuality and sexual practices, and create more room for joy in life.
Sofia received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz and later her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University. Her training was strength-based, Queer-friendly, trauma informed, and culturally-aware. This has allowed her to work with clients of all ages, and with a wide variety of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and spiritual backgrounds. She is adamant that she will never be a “one trick pony” therapist, or spend her sessions silently nodding along as her clients do all the talking. Because of this, Sofia approaches every case with individualized care. She utilizes whatever combination of therapeutic tools would best help her client. She builds strong and trusting relationships with her clients, allowing for there to be a safe and honest back-and-forth discussion.
Having grown up in the East Bay and spending much of her life in the general San Francisco Bay Area, she is overjoyed to be part of the Blackhawk Family Development Center’s team where she can give back to her beloved community. When not at work, Sofia loves to try out new recipes in her kitchen, taking care of her (possibly too many) house plants, going hiking with friends, cuddling with all of the cats and dogs she comes across, and helping make community art projects.
Her clients describe her as approachable, warm, funny, authentic, devoted, and insightful.