Hi, I’m Sofia and welcome to “Beneath The Layers.”
I am a Holistic Counselor and Writer. If you have never heard of the term Holistic Counselor, let me be the first to explain it to you. A Holistic Counselor or guide is someone who integrates traditional psychotherapy with holistic therapy.
I have a background on Criminology, Behavioral Counselling, General Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Reiki and Tantra
Simon Fraser University
Somananda Tantra School
Tantric Counselor/ Educator
Holistic Massage Therapist
Vancouver College of Counselling Training
Professional Counselling/ Counselling for Intimacy in Relationships
International Institute for Complimentary Therapists
I have Degrees and Certifications but my best credentials come from the wisdom developed through life’s experiences, the exploring of my talents and my eager studying of individuals and the world; always desiring to find out what lies beneath the surface, beneath the shells most people develop in an attempt to survive and fit in.
For many years I felt the need to suppress my own challenges and struggles. I suppressed my pain and with it a good deal of other emotions; paying too high of a price in an attempt to shed the things that make me unique, all so I could hide the traumas imposed on my soul…I hid the raw me until I could hide no more. Since then I have learned to let go of a lot of the fear which was holding me back and found my own voice, which I share with all of you through my poetry and other writings. Although at times the work has been far from easy, with it has come a feeling of liberation. My perceptions on almost everything changed as I continued to explore and work on meeting and healing my shadow.
Little by little through self search, personal development, therapy and coaching I started to discover what it meant to be me… the real me. Although, my journey is far from over, I am certainly far from where I started. With self discovery came the strength to forge my own path. The more I worked on myself, the more I knew what it was I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to help others, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and to share the verses which are alive within my soul.
I want to bring hope where there might be a feeling of empty darkness, to help you rediscover yourself and perhaps for the first time ever, pay attention to your own voice.
I’ve been blessed by life to be born with an inquisitive mind and a rebellious spirit. It has been a blessing and an honor to have had the opportunity to experience a unique well rounded education which inspired me to always keep seeking to explore and discover what lies beneath; seeking to develop a more substantive and meaningful life.
Through the years it has been an honor to have met and learned from some of the most beautiful and experienced minds in the fields of Psychology, Metaphysics, Counselling, NLP and Tantra. I learned from someone I personally considered one of the best in the field of Psychotherapy, that in order to help a person heal, one shouldn’t focus on the symptom but on the root of the problem; in doing so one can help retrain the mind instead of numbing it. That is what I hope to help you achieve here--INTROSPECTION--for only you have the power to heal yourself.
I am a firm believer one person can make a difference in more ways than can be imagined, so long as you find it in your heart to take courage and embark on the biggest journey you will ever make….the journey within yourself!
I am here to remind all those who may be hurting and who may feel lost that you are not alone. YOU are worth so much. You CAN and HAVE the right to shine without fears or apologies for being your authentic self.
Gold is refined by fire. Diamonds are created under pressure. Soil becomes fertile and plants grow more beautiful after they have had manure spread on them; just like these things, you are more valuable than you think and you deserve to live a fulfilling life… You have the power to recreate your world.
I consider it a privilege to share my work and to work with you. If in any way my experiences, knowledge and learnings, can help increase your self love, then my wish has been granted. Remember YOU are PRECIOUS!
DISCOVER YOURSELF…EMBRACE YOURSELF…BE YOURSELF…LIVE AGAIN…