Sonia Nikore, M.A.

Sonia Nikore, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT 84145)

Through individual, family and group therapy, I help children, adolescents, and adults develop robust emotional and social skills in a compassionate, fun, collaborative and nurturing environment, while supporting the growth of the entire family as a unit. I also work with new, expectant and working mothers, and their partners, providing them with support and tangible skills as they navigate through the many challenges and joys of parenthood and work-life balance. My therapeutic approach is strength-based, viewed through the lens of neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, to help individuals and their families move forward with mindfulness and self-compassion.

Specialties: Coping with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, emotional regulation, academic stress, social challenges, phase of life transitions, perinatal and postpartum issues, parent coaching, work-life balance challenges, caring for elders, and helping immigrant families with acculturation issues and bicultural identities.

Experience: Practicum training Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Shelter for homeless women and children, Jenesse Center Domestic Violence intervention Program. Post-degree training: Center for Health Science: Westlake Convalescent Hospital, Vista Veranda Assisted Living. Other Experience: Vice President, Casting, NBC-Universal.  Keynote speaker and panelist: President Clinton’s White House Task Force on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington DC, South-Asian Journalists Conference at Columbia University, South-Asian Women’s International Leadership Conference in NYC, and UCLA’s Women’s Conference.

Education:  Bachelors degree: University of Miami (Magna cum Laude); Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy: California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University; Interpersonal Neurobiology seminars with Daniel Siegel, MD, Mindsight Institute, UCLA.

Mission: As an advocate of women’s and minority issues for over 15 years, I am deeply cognizant of the profound importance of empowering our young girls and women and the ripple effect of their healthy emotional development on the larger society.  I am dedicated to helping individuals and families discover their authentic selves and actualize their aspirations.


Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 102