There’s often a lot of excitement, anticipation and expectation about post-secondary school. It can be isolating and stressful when your experience is different.
If you’re struggling, we’re here to help.
Perhaps you’re living with an existing mental health issue like anxiety, depression or trauma, or perhaps you’re noticing emerging signs or symptoms. Things like perfectionism, imposter syndrome and self-doubt are all common issues for students. Working with a therapist can help address these issues and be an important part of your overall healthcare plan.
Learning and socializing in virtual, in-person and hybrid ways are our new reality. At the same time, pandemic fatigue and pandemic-related anxiety are increasingly normal. Exploring ways to meet your needs for learning, socializing and safety can be important work in therapy to set yourself up for success in this phase of your life.
Many students are navigating significant romantic relationships, sexual experiences and break-ups while in school. Friendships, workplace relationships and school connections are always developing, changing or falling away. Often these experiences can be draining or distracting. Debriefing and planning for healthy social interactions with a therapist can help you build self-confidence and improve your sense of well-being.
While there is a lot more freedom in post-secondary school to choose your courses and how you spend your time, many students find it stressful or overwhelming to make these choices and develop time management habits that work effectively. Exploring your values, priorities and workstyle preferences with an objective, trained therapist can help you navigate these decisions and build habits that work for you.
Your relationship with your family is changing as you move into adulthood. Even though this is normal, the transition can often include conflict, frustration, anger and grief. Exploring your connection with your parents, siblings and other family members in therapy can help you learn more about yourself and your situation, and develop healthy boundaries that reflect your values.
Homesickness, isolation, language and cultural barriers, and parental pressure are all factors in the international student experience. Sometimes, the intensity of these issues can take you by surprise, making them even more difficult. Working with a therapist for emotional and practical support can help you navigate life abroad.
Sophia has extra training and experience working with young adults as they navigate life, mental health crises and school. Sophia completed her Master's degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Wilfrid Laurier University, and she's a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Sophia lives at the cross-section of several cultures, and brings empathy, warmth and curiosity to her work with clients who are navigating new experiences in Canada. She recognizes how norms and pressures from different cultural backgrounds can influence family systems and create stress for younger generations.
Practicing client-centered therapy, Sophia draws on tools and resources from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Theory and Art Therapy in her practice.
Sophia sees clients in-person or virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays, and virtually on Thursdays. Her rate for post-secondary students is $100/hr (HST included).