Sofia Alvarez, M.A.
Clinical work supervised by Robert Carter Ph.D.
- Psy.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania (anticipated 2020)
- M.A., Clinical Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- B.S., Psychology Neuroscience Focus, Penn State University
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
I would describe my approach to therapy as dynamic therapy, intentionally integrated within humanist and multicultural foundations. I view my clients’ identities, internal processes, concerns, and worldviews as a function their socio-cultural contexts and object relations
I think the ability to build relationships, while also understanding one’s needs, defenses, and drives, are critical to exploring how people develop and function. I utilize my multicultural lens to build relationships, as I understand how one’s culture, identity, needs, defenses, and strengths impact all relationships, including ours. I rely on the relationship, here and now processing, and corrective emotional experiences to promote change in a client. I also love to explore how one’s symptoms and interpersonal relationships have come to fruition, given one’s early experiences and defenses.
I am trained as a generalist, and love to see clients from all walks of life. I am particularly interested in identity work, especially how sexuality and gender identity intersect with other aspects of one’s life. I am also passionate about working with victims/survivors of trauma. My previous research has largely focused on victimization, sexuality, childhood trauma, and LGBTQ experiences of sexual violence.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
I am committed to celebrating and embracing those from all backgrounds. I am deeply devoted to helping those from marginalized groups. I believe that the political is personal and identify as an activist advocate for oppressed groups. I acknowledge systems of privilege and oppression and actively work to dismantle injustice. I also diligently work to understand how intersectional identities interact presenting concerns for each client.
Approach to Supervision
My goals of clinical supervision are two-fold, the first being to ensure the welfare of the client and the second being to promote the professional development of the supervisee. These goals are always operating simultaneously when supervision is occurring. I like to meet supervisees where they are at developmentally, and actively work with them to promote their growth as a therapist and actualize their supervisee goals. I view supervision as a collaborative process, where supervisees determine what is most helpful to discuss, and I provide feedback and ask questions to promote critical thinking. I also try to expand supervisee’s awareness of latent processes. I also elicit feedback from supervisees on my role as a supervisor such that this time is most fruitful for them.
I am passionate about music. I have played the violin since I was 10 (currently on sabbatical), but will resume this passion when internship is over. I attend live music events as often as possible. I love the outdoors, traveling, and the beach. I like to cook and invent new recipes.