Sophia Kopelow

RCC

Sophia Kopelow

MCP, RCC Candidate*

A message from Sophia

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 candidate for registration with the British Columbia Association of Clinical
Counsellors (R.C.C).

Over the past couple years, I have had the privilege of working with 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 a therapist and fellow human being, I am also committed to appreciating individual diversity and understanding its impact on one’s identity. My practice includes individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities or impairments and all genders, ages,
race/ethnicities, sexual orientations, spiritual/religious backgrounds are appreciated and
accepted. 

My passion for mental health and supporting others in their path to healing is 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. 

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.

My Approach

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. I also incorporate 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.

If you have any questions or would like to book a free 15 minute consultation please contact me via email at skopelowcounselling@gmail.com. I would be happy to assist you in any way that I can, and look forward to meeting you.  For those that are unable to pay for the full cost of counselling, or do not have extended health benefits, please ask about my sliding scale.

Areas of Focus:


- Disordered Eating/body image
- Relationship Issues
- Trauma
- Substance Abuse & Addictions
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- Depression
- Chronic Pain/Illness
- Life Transitions
- Grief/loss