Welcome! My name is Sofiya Kostareva and I am a
Creative, Somatic & Trauma Informed Therapist based in Seattle, WA.
Creative expression has been a refuge for my own self-inquiry and self-care since I was little, but I didn't know much about mental health until college, when I struggled to navigate the impact of my trauma. Over a period of six years, I began to make meaning of the complex events in my life through a lens of empowerment, and this transformative process led to becoming a therapist.
Since 2016, I’ve been lucky to support exceptionally lovely human, ages 5-105 with various backgrounds, identities and needs in the field of healthcare.
I completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University and have extensive training in somatic and trauma informed approaches to care. I’m also a Clinically Certified Trauma Professional and am eligible for certification as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT). For the last four years I’ve focused on providing high quality therapy to adults in the state of Washington.
I’m humbled by the ability of art to help us see and feel the world through the eyes of another. My current creative practice involves making crafts, dancing in my living room, splashing paint against butcher paper and writing a memoir about my experience with immigration.
My most important identities are white, queer, cis-gendered female (she/her) , first generation Ukrainian-American immigrant, and multi-disciplinary artist.
What Sets Me Apart
I absolutely love my work and adore my clients. My mission is to empower you with simple and effective life-changing tools. Your joy is my joy.
integrated approaches to care: Expressive Arts
Trauma Informed Care
Hours of additional training and supervision completed since receiving my masters toward trauma, somatic and expressive arts certifications.