Portland OR &Vancouver WA
Integrating psychotherapy, medication management, body work & mindfulness for an encompassing and empowering approach to healing.
Sophie Toolanen, LPC, Therapist
I have always been intrigued by people’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and how we come to be who we are. Pursuing a career in psychology and human services always felt like the right path for me. I love hearing people’s stories and helping them gain insight, find coping strategies and hope, and ultimately find their life worth living.
I started my career over a decade ago working with the intellectually disabled then continued my work with those affected by HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. As I transitioned into the world of psychotherapy, my focus has mainly been on trauma, attachment, mood and personality disorders.
I am a licensed professional counselor and received my Masters in Counseling from Eastern University in Pennsylvania in 2010. My Masters training focused on blending an insight oriented approach with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The last five years I have been extensively trained and immersed in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which has deepened my understanding of attachment and abuse trauma and how to effectively implement coping strategies. I am also trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). I use it as a tool for alleviating emotional distress, and loosening rigidly held core beliefs about ourselves and the world, related to traumatic experiences.
Coming from a multicultural upbringing and having lived in several different countries, I have a particular interest in multicultural experiences and its challenges. I love traveling, especially to places different from those I already know. Cooking, socializing with friends and family, watching films, and taking advantage of the diversity and excitement of city living are among my favorite interests.
I look forward to meeting with you and together finding the best approaches to you achieving improved and sustained emotional health.