Sophia Etling

Graduate Student Therapist
MSW Candidate



773.880.1310 ext. 7636


Education & Training


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


  • Birth Doula, Doulas of North America (DONA), 2018

Values & Philosophy

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 judgement-free zone for us to grow, process, and learn together. Real change can only be facilitated once we build a trusting relationship.

Above all, I strive to be a trauma-informed therapist. I recognize that trauma comes in many forms: individual, collective, and generational. I seek to build a safe, trustworthy, and transparent environment, marked by collaboration and mutuality. Ultimately, I seek to help you recognize that you have all the tools inside to find your voice, empower yourself, and make healthy choices.

My identities as a queer woman, an artist, 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

  • Sexual Trauma
  • Birth Trauma
  • Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Infertility Counseling
  • Family of Origin Concerns
  • Depression, Anxiety, & Stress
  • LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Practice
  • Poly & Non-Monogamy Affirming Practice
  • Sex Worker Affirming Practice

I work with…

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


  • LGBTQ Affirmative Practice
  • Relational approaches
  • Feminist Approaches
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Approaches

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