Sophia Kaplan, LMSW
Sophia Armington is a Licensed Social Worker who specializes in mindfulness techniques for individuals with trauma-based anxiety and depression.
Life is full of transitions and challenges. When these obstacles become overwhelming, it can hinder work performance, relationships, happiness, and self-worth. Sophia works collaboratively in a safe, accepting, non-judgmental environment to empower clients to overcome those obstacles and experience greater joy and fulfillment.
Sophia utilizes an integrative approach tailored to her clients’ individual needs. And, utilizing her training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sophia works with clients to develop strengths and develop greater awareness about what is preventing clients from achieving their goals. Drawing from her experience as a yoga instructor, she specializes in mindfulness techniques for individuals with trauma-based anxiety and depression.
Like most people, Sophia came to the mental health field through her own lived experiences. Because of her passion and enthusiasm for mental health and yoga, she studied kinesiology and psychology. The same drive led her to earn her MSW in social work.
While studying theory, Sophia became enamored with trauma work around somatic experiencing and trauma held in the body. She immersed herself in the works of Bessel Van Der Kolk and Peter Levine. In many cases of anxiety, depression, and interpersonal struggles, the root cause is unresolved trauma that lies in both verbal and non-verbal parts of the brain, so she incorporates mindfulness and breathing exercises during sessions.
Sophia completed training around many different modalities and she’s leaned more toward those techniques which help her feel connected to clients and help her establish a safe environment. She incorporates breath and mindfulness work because they’re wonderful tools; however, she also focuses on fostering an environment of compassion, empathy, non-judgement, and understanding.
“I believe there is nothing more worthwhile than connecting with other people and working together to help them achieve the best versions of themselves. When I began working as a clinician, I learned that my strength is that I naturally see the strengths and positive attributes in others. Gradually, I began to understand that human connection is just as important (if not more important) as whatever modality is used.”
Sophia aims to create an environment where people feel safe enough to explore their own vulnerabilities and become more self aware about their own attempts at avoiding vulnerability and shame. She believes that shame dies when it meets honesty, self awareness, and compassion. From there, developing new patterns and engaging in therapeutic modalities becomes far more accessible and the path to healing and wholeness becomes more attainable.
Sophia knows how challenging it can be to reach out for support, and she stands in awe of the bravery people show by taking that first step.