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Sofia Forman

Sofia Forman, Psy.D., C.Psych (Supervised Practice) (She/Her)

I obtained my Masters from Columbia University and my PsyD from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. I  have been ordained in the Soto Zen tradition and enjoy facilitating meditation, breathwork and restorative yoga. My doctoral dissertation focused on what Zen Hospice workers can teach psychologists. I completed my clinical residency year at the University of Victoria as a counsellor working directly with students.  

 

I am passionate about helping clients with challenges related to fertility, alternative family structures, and challenges specific to same-sex couples. My goal is to build therapeutic relationships that allow clients to feel safe, express unique struggles, and explore perspectives that might make life more manageable.

MY APPROACH

I strive to help clients locate the connection between the internal experiences of the mind and the lived experience of the body.  I believe a body-based approach to psychotherapy is a great way to work with the fatigue and hopelessness of chronic pain, illness, work-related stress, relational strains, and ongoing anxiety.  My therapy is psychodynamic, relational, insight-oriented, and incorporates cognitive-behavioural strategies. 

AREAS OF FOCUS

I provide therapy to adults in an individual therapy setting. My areas of clinical interest include: 

  • Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Maternal mental health 
  • Perinatal and postpartum therapy 
  • Stress management
  • Life transition
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Relationship and attachment difficulties
  • Assertiveness & Boundary setting
  • Down regulation & increase distress tolerance skills

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Approach
  • Insight-Oriented Therapy/Humanistic
  • Dance and Movement Therapy