Hi, I’m Sofia and welcome to “Beneath The Layers.” I am a Transformational Coach specializing in codependency issues, sexual trauma, and personal development. A Transformational Coach is someone who integrates traditional psychotherapy with holistic therapy. I have a background on Behavioural Counselling, General Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Reiki and Tantra.
I have had the opportunity to work with people with a wide range of challenges including sexual/physical trauma, neglect, bullying, self harm, depression, low self esteem, PTSD. Having overcome extensive trauma and painful set backs during my childhood and adult life, I recognize the importance of supporting a healthy development in the context of a loving, safe, respectful, nurturing and accepting relationship with your own self first and then with others.
Through the years I hid many of my challenges, my fears, my struggles; feeling the need to hide my traumas, my anger, my emotions in general, until one day I could hide no more. Since then, I have learned to let go of a lot of the fear which was holding me back. Although at times the work was hard from easy, I also felt liberated as my perceptions on almost everything changed; as I explored and healed beneath the surface of my mind and soul.
I chose to submerge myself in psychotherapy with one of the best in the field; an experienced therapist who understood and believed in the power of talking and retraining the mind; not numbing it. Through the years it has been an honour to have met and worked with some of the most beautiful and experienced minds in the fields of Psychology, Metaphysics, Counselling, NLP and Tantra.
I came to understand many of the complexities and simplicities of the human mind and soul. Paradox?… maybe at first glance, but the more one discovers who the real “I” is, the more one comes to understand this “paradox”. A paradox which really is a beautiful dance of all which makes us human and unique.
Little by little through self search, personal development, therapy and coaching I started to discover what it meant to be me; the real me!. 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 other’s lives, to bring hope where there was a feeling of darkness, to help others rediscover themselves and perhaps for the first time ever to listen to their own voice.
Having found my calling in life, I submerged myself in research and studies on all subjects which I felt offer tremendous healing to the human psyche and the soul. I pursued further studies on both Psychology and Tantric Counselling (mind/soul/body). As I submerged myself on my studies while continuing to do my own self work, my soul kept growing and I started to discover beneath all the false layers who I really was!.
I decided to take a chance and follow my heart. I now follow my passion, which is to help others see that no matter what has happened in life, you have a voice, a choice, and the experience to make a difference. Along with my schooling comes years of real life experience overcoming challenges and discovering who I truly am!.
Life is a journey and although my journey towards healing isn’t over, I am certainly far from where I started. That is why I created Beneath The Layers; a place where I can share my interests, my own experiences, my struggles and my victories. It is my hope that through my writing and videos, you will find a little more peace and encouragement to keep moving forward on your path to reclaiming your authentic self!
I am a firm believer that 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 of you who may be hurting and who may feel lost that you are not alone. Perhaps you suffer silently, perhaps you feel you don’t have a voice, or you see yourself as damaged; let me remind you that the power to your healing is in you. 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 by 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 with you; if in any way my experiences and knowledge can help you to increase your self love, then my wish has been granted..remember you are PRECIOUS!
DISCOVER YOURSELF…EMBRACE YOURSELF…BE YOURSELF…LIVE AGAIN…