Who is Sophie?
Since a young age, I was drawn to ponder existential questions around what makes for a “good life” in my desire to create that for myself and for others. After much research, travel, and contemplation, I found that mental wellness allows for people to live a “good life”; so, I made it my life’s mission to enable others to discover and rediscover their own joy in life.
I was born and raised in Texas and am an alumni of the University of Notre Dame. I've completed volunteer work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp as a case manager and translator for home visiting therapists in Yakima Neighborhood Health’s Maternity Support Services. Shortly after, I completed my MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin having had internships in Austin at Con Mi Madre, Austin State Hospital, and Seton Shoal Creek. I worked as a therapist and social worker with Growing Roots, KIPP Austin Comunidad, AustinISD, and Any Baby Can. At Any Baby Can, I was the postpartum specialist, helping run support groups and developing a home visiting program to identify and serve at-risk postpartum mothers. Though I’ve worked in community, school, and hospital mental health settings for the past 10 years, I have been in private practice for the past three years and enjoy the opportunity to thoroughly address the unique needs of each of my clients whether they are short or long term. For the 2018-2020 period, I am serving as Secretary on the Board of Austin Psychoanalytic (formerly, Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy).
It’s important to have a good therapeutic bond. What this may mean for you is recognizing the style of therapist you would feel most comfortable with given your own personality traits. You want to feel safe, challenged, understood, respected, and respectful. A first session (or first sessions) can help to see more concretely if we would work well together. I would love to meet you myself, but other clients have described me as insightful, curious, and warm.