Sofia Aguilera, LPC - Staff Psychotherapist
Who we are, and how we operate in the relationships we form so often depends on our basic need in feeling safe and secure. So much of our existence has thrived because of the nurturance, love, and connection with others. When we feel supported, we feel strong, capable, and confident.
So often, clients, and especially “little” clients need this support the most. Big feelings, along with changing and challenging times in the lives of children and families, must be met with compassion and encouragement.
Hello, I’m Sofia Aguilera and I am an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) currently pursuing an RPT (Registered Play Therapist) credential! I earned my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health: Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling/Therapy at the University of Northern Colorado in August of 2018.
In my work with children and families, I seek to understand not only the sources of struggle; I also invite exploration of resources and resiliency often found in such stressors. My approach to my work with children and their families includes empathy, encouragement, and empowerment.
Children operate in many systems--namely the school system and family system. Attention to systems work is my passion and area of expertise, and in my experiences in the field of education and counseling specifically; I encourage systemic collaboration and skill-building. I believe there is a power found within your family, and my goals include magnifying these inherent strengths and qualities.
My approach and therapeutic lens is integrative, and may include the following:
- Play Therapy
- Attachment-based theory
- Family Systems
- Trauma Informed
Aside from work, I enjoy quality time with my family, cooking and learning new recipes (especially New Mexican cuisines), and being out in the beautiful Colorado outdoors!
Additional information of my background includes:
- North Range Behavioral Health, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
- North Range Behavioral Health, Youth and Family Outpatient Intern
- Pathfinders Counseling, therapy offered: Individual, Couples, Family, and Therapeutic Play
- Child and Adolescent Certificate Program at the University of Northern Colorado
- This sequence of courses provides foundational preparation for mental health professionals who work with children and youth. The certificate program is designed for pre-service and inservice mental health professionals who desire endorsement for specialization, or completion of academic requirements for registration through the Association for Play Therapy.
- Individual, couples, and family counseling at Psychological Services Clinic at the University of Northern Colorado
- Provided therapeutic mentoring through Weld County community partners for youth (11-18).