Sofia Melendez, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D., Candidate

Clinical Therapist

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Sofia Melendez, Clinical Therapist

Sofia Melendez (they/she) is a queer Mexican clinical psychology trainee. She is a doctoral student at Toronto Metropolitan University who holds a Master of Arts from the same university and a Master of Education from Queen’s University.

Sofia may be a great fit for you if you experience Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, struggles with your relationship with food and your body, experience Depression, Anxiety, relationship issues, difficulties regulating emotions, or if you are exploring your relationship to gender identity and sexual orientation.

The approach that Sofia takes to guide therapy is grounded in evidence-based practices that engage cultural adaptations, as well as anti-oppressive ethics. She uses frameworks that involve anti-racism, body liberation, harm reduction, disability justice, and sex/kink/polyam positivity. They also integrate various modalities to align with your needs and preferences including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Motivational Interviewing (MI).

In working with Sofia, you can expect to share a space that affirms all the interconnected parts that are important to you including your gender, race, culture, sexuality, beliefs, role in your community, and personal and community experiences. With Sofia, you will collaborate to develop a safe, non-judgemental, and accessible space.

For almost a decade, Sofia has facilitated projects that support culturally and racially diverse queer and trans people. She has experience providing individual psychological assessment and therapy for adults at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Sofia has completed multiple trainings related to DBT, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Eating Disorders. Her work is supervised by Dr. Danielle Kofler.

Outside of her therapy practice, Sofia can be found dancing to traditional Mexican music and spending time with her familia. It would be her joy and honour to support and accompany you through your journey.