Sonya (she, her, hers) is currently a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. Over the past 16 years, her clinical work experiences include crisis intervention, inpatient care, outpatient care, residential care and supervision in the non-profit sector. Most of Sonya’s experience is with children, youth and families in various capacities. Sonya enjoys work with children and adolescents, helping them navigate through challenges such as experienced trauma, relationship distress, anxiety, depression, and adjusting to major life changes. She most frequently uses the modalities of and techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.
In addition, Sonya is a certified Parent Trainer in Common Sense Parenting, an evidenced based parent education curriculum that helps parents and caregivers work through and manage challenging children’s behaviors by teaching social skills and using behavior modification technique. Sonya is a community trainer on topics including suicide prevention, crisis management, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), social skills, trauma-informed care, and youth mental health issues.
Sonya believes finding a healthy balance in mind, body, and spirit is healing to overall well-being. She strives to create a comfortable, safe environment built on honesty, compassion, and respect. Her trauma informed care approach meets individuals where they are in their life journey and empowers growth and healing to occur during the therapeutic process.