Sophia Etling

Licensed Social Worker
Psychotherapist, Live Oak Founders Fellow
Sophia Etling Portrait



773.880.1310 ext. 7636


Education & Training


  • LSW, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2022


  • BS, Northwestern University, 2018
  • MA, University of Chicago, 2022


  • Birth Doula, Doulas of North America (DONA), 2018
  • Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2022
  • Trauma Informed Care Certification, The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, 2022
  • Contextual Behavioral Practices Program of Study, The University of Chicago, 2021-2022

Values & Philosophy

In you, there is both the raging warrior who fights with unbreakable honor, and the healer who brings together those things torn apart. – Rumi

I am a trauma-informed therapist. Trauma comes in many forms: individual, collective, and generational. You are the expert on your own identities and experiences. My job as a therapist is to bear witness to your experiences and empower you to gain the skills you need to make change in your life. My office is a judgment-free zone for us to grow, process, learn, and sometimes even laugh together. Real change can only be facilitated once we build a safe relationship marked by collaboration and mutual respect.

We all contain multitudes. My identities as a queer woman, an artist, an athlete, a birth doula, and a trauma survivor are reflected in my approach to therapy. I have experience working with survivors of complex trauma and community violence, as well as in the sex worker and LGBTQIA+ communities. I believe that all human beings are inherently resilient, and everyone deserves support in their time of need.

Area of Focus & Specialization

  • Developmental Trauma
  • Complex Family Dynamics
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Reproductive health & birth trauma
  • Identity Exploration, Development, & Intersectionality
  • Poly & Non-Monogamy Affirming Practice
  • Sex work-affirming practice

I work with…

  • Individuals
  • Relationships (triads, polycules, metamours, constellations, couples.)
  • Families (chosen & family of origin)
  • Adolescents


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Narrative therapy
  • Psychodynamic & Attachment-based Approaches
  • Anti-racist, Intersectional Feminist Approach

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