Hello! I'm Sofia...
I'm a Certified Professional Behavioral & Mental Health Coach.
My job is to help individuals and their families overcome a variety of behavioral and mental health issues, including addictive disorders. I use a strengths-based approach tailored to each individual's unique needs to ensure am improvement in overall well-being and optimal recovery.
I specialize in working with:
Young adults (18-35)
Music & Film Industry professionals
English-speaking expats in Europe
Recovery Coach & Interventionist
Trained to support individuals with behavioral, mental health, and addictive disorders at various stages in the recovery process through a personalized treatment methodology, including Sober Companion and Sober Transport services. Also trained to implement Interventions with the assistance of concerned family members. Specialize in the treatment of addiction and eating disorders, working with adolescents and young adults, music industry professionals and executives.
Internationally Certified & Insured.
MARCH 2019-SEPTEMBER 2020
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADDICTION AND ASSOCIATED DISORDERS (iCAAD)
Assist in marketing and ticket sales for series of Global Conference on addiction and associated disorders. Role includes lead generation and relationship management. Also contribute to digital content, such as blog posts for online platform. Management of data via various CRMs.
MARCH 2019-MARCH 2020
CASTLE CRAIG HOSPITAL & SMARMORE CASTLE PRIVATE CLINIC
Worked in referral relations in the U.K. as a part of the Business Development, Outreach and Marketing team. Travelled to London monthly to meet with the professionals in the mental health and addiction treatment sector. Liaised between private referrers and the admissions team at CCH and Smarmore.
JUNE 2019-AUGUST 2019
THE KUSNACHT PRACTICE
Called upon on an as-needed basis for short-term assignments providing live-in sober companion services to executive clients at the Kusnacht Practice in Zurich, Swizerland and aftercare services when the client returns home. Role included case management and liaising with other members of the treatment and support staff.
JANUARY 2019-FEBRUARY 2019
Locum Addictions Therapist
CASTLE CRAIG HOSPITAL
Worked across Intensive Care Unit and Extended Care Unit as an Addiction Therapist on an interim basis. Managed a case load of up to five patients at a time. Conducted intake assessments on alcohol and drug use, physical and mental health, and family history. Developed initial and continued care plans for patients based on individual needs, as guided by a 12-step treatment methodology and disease model of addiction. Conducted individual therapy and facilitated group therapy. Managed case notes and treatment files for patients through KIPU software
SEPTEMBER 2016-MARCH 2017
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Worked as a research assistant in the Cambridge Neuroscience Department under Professor Jeff Dalley and Dr. Bianca Jupp. Projects focused on the analysis of dendritic spine morphology in addiction.
MAY 2015-AUGUST 2015
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG-FREE KIDS
Interned cross-departmentally between the Public Affairs and Social Media teams, as well as within Communications. Assisted in daily user interaction on the drugfree.org website, overall website maintenance, wrote blog posts on the topics of adolescent substance abuse and recovery, and created content to be used on Partnership social media platforms. Also helped to plan and execute projects, including Above The Influence and The Medicine Abuse Project, and company fundraising events.
JANUARY 2012-MAY 2012
PHOENIX HOUSE OF THE MID-ATLANTIC
Interned as a substance abuse counselor at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. Observed and interacted with clients in daily activities, helped conduct therapeutic treatment groups, and assisted primary counselors in preparing client case notes and treatment charts.
JANUARY 2009-MAY 2013
PHOENIX HOUSE ACADEMY AT DUBLIN
Worked as a part-time volunteer. Interacted with clients in daily activities, observed therapeutic treatment groups, assisted in client supervision, assumed duties as an expediter in the therapeutic community, and served as a positive peer role model for adolescents in recovery.
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Received a Master of Science degree in Addiction Studies. Graduated with Distinction. Completed a dissertation examining the effects of alcohol consumption on time-based prospective memory.
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Graduated with an overall GPA of 3.74, Cum Laude Honors. Received a High Honors award in the Department of Psychology.
High School Diploma
GREAT BAY eLEARNING CHARTER SCHOOL
Received a High School Diploma.
Coach & Companion
Music & Film Industry &
English-Speaking Expats in Europe
Languages: English, Swedish, Italian
COACH & COMPANION
Coaching is a dynamic discipline focused on action.
As a Certified Professional Recovery Coach and Sober Companion, I serve as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking to be, or already in recovery from a variety of behavioral and mental health or addictive disorders. I help teach my clients pragmatic, practical and person-centered tools to assist in their battle towards beating a debilitating habit or addiction.
My ultimate goal is to help individuals thrive in all areas of their lives, and I believe that meaningful human connection, emotional intelligence, and self-awareness are the keys to success in recovery.
I work both In-Person and Online via a number of platforms (Zoom, WhatsApp, by phone, text, and email). All of my clients are offered weekly 60-minute sessions as well as 24/7 emergency tele-support outside of session hours.
Contact me for Bespoke Packages.
Interventions are used as a form of Crisis Management for any destructive behavior. As an Interventionist, I work closely with families in order to initiate the recovery process for their loved one who is suffering. I employ an Invitational Model, which includes all members of the family as well as the afflicted individual and is a method that comes from a place of love and compassion rather than shame and blame. As a part of this, I liaise with other treatment providers and have the ability to provide assistance in transporting clients from their homes, if residential treatment is the necessary first step of their recovery process. This service is especially useful for those who may be considered at-risk to travel by themselves, and provides assurance to the family that their loved one will arrive safely at their destination.
I also provide Case Management services to those who require on-going support in navigating the treatment process. This may include providing a tailor-made care program, coordinating support from multiple different therapeutic and/or health professionals, or working with a whole family to identify and overcome dysfunctions.
Beyond my educational and professional background, I have a great deal of experience as a motivational speaker on the topics of behavioral and mental health, and overcoming addiction. I have served as keynote speaker at a number of fundraising events for the non-profit treatment organization Phoenix House Foundation, in which I shared stories of strength and hope in recovery. I currently offer motivational speaking engagement services to schools, businesses, and fundraising events in the mental health sector.
MUSIC & FILM INDSUSTRY
I have worked for a number of years in both the Music and Film industries and, as a result of this, am highly qualified as a specialist Coach and Companion for entertainment professionals and Executives. When working with these individuals, I ensure total discretion and privacy (as with all my clients).