Dr. Sonya Bruner

(Psy.D)

About Me

Deciding to seek help takes courage and strength. I believe that you have the capacity to change and grow throughout the course of your life. I have been successful in helping people develop skills to address current difficulties, process past experiences, and overcome anxiety about the future. You have the capacity to get "unstuck", and learn how to live fully in the present moment.

I employ an integrative approach to treatment based on the needs of the individual. My therapeutic approach is heavily based on the widely researched and evidence based cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, with a strong focus on teaching mindfulness skills. I have worked successfully with many clients on issues related to phase of life stress, resilient identity transformation, gender and sexuality issues, and relationship and communication problems.

I look forward to helping you overcome your difficulties and live the full and rewarding life you deserve.

Background:
I have a B.A. in psychology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
I subsequently earned an M.S. and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England, and completed two years of supervised training.

Following my post-doctoral training, I entered private practice and expanded my clinical focus to include work with adults with a variety of presenting problems, including anxiety, depression, and trauma, in addition to relational and family issues. Currently, I provide online counseling to adults through a HIPPAA compliant, secure website.

I firmly believe that psychotherapy necessitates flexibility of approach and interventions in order to appropriately serve clients. I have a strong
interest and background in applying principles of dialectical and cognitive-behavioral therapy in treatment, including teaching mindfulness strategies. I have an ongoing interest in working with clients on issues related to trauma survival and recovery, phase of life stress and resilient identity transformation, women's issues, relationship issues and communication, and positive parenting.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Reviews

Written by C.R. on Jun 23, 2017 after counseling with Sonya for 1 year and 1 month

Dr. Bruner and I have worked together for over a year. She has been a constant source of support and guidance for me. I am forever grateful for all her work to help me live a balanced and mentally/emotionally healthy life.

Written by E.L on May 25, 2017 after counseling with Sonya for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

It is impossible to quantify how valuable it has been working with Sonya over the past year. Her help has been a lifeline and has transformed my wellbeing. I came to counselling at a time of real desperation. When I first spoke with Sonya I had already tried counselling but had not found a counsellor who was the right fit. I was convinced it didn't work and was ready to give up.

Sonya has been unbelievably kind and patient and understanding in her approach, and has managed to push me in the right direction without force or judgement. She's provided helpful tools for giving me insight, and, even though I initially came to her with a specific issue I was struggling with at the time, she's impacted my perspective on life in a much more long term way than I ever anticipated. I can't imagine what I would have done without her.

Sonya has invigorated my belief in the magical power of counselling, and has provided a way through the darkness that I didn't believe existed a year ago. Cannot recommend this wonderful counsellor highly enough.

Written by C.H on May 15, 2017 after counseling with Sonya for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and bipolar

Dr. Bruner has been great - very accessible and thoughtful in her approach.

Written by G.E. on May 11, 2017 after counseling with Sonya for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Dr. Bruner is kind, patient, and thoughtful. She's empathetic and really listens, giving you goals to work on and taking an active interest in me as an individual. She's wonderful and very professional. Thank you Sonya!

Written by V.I on Feb 21, 2017 after counseling with Sonya for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, eating, and self esteem

Great response time, really wonderful working with Dr. Bruner!

Written by S.W on Jan 16, 2017 after counseling with Sonya for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

Went through several psychs before I found someone who grasped what I was struggling with, was able to figure out a lot of answers and remove a lot of obstacles. It feels good to be able to see through the fog.

Written by K.R on Nov 02, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 2 days on issues concerning addictions, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Sonya was absolutely wonderful. She listened and understood what I was going through, asked questions that allowed me to express the challenges, and provided insights and clarification on how I was handling the situation that made me feel incredibly reassured and empowered. I recommend her to anyone and everyone going through difficult situations.

Written by C.H on Oct 31, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Dr. Bruner has so far been a good therapist and is quick to get back with you.

Written by C.R on Oct 19, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 5 months

Sonya has been a great support system for me and is always there exactly when I need to talk!

Written by E.L on Oct 03, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Sonya is extremely knowledgeable and professional!

Written by M.I on Sep 13, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr Bruner has helped me through one of the hardest times in my life.

Her understanding and no judgmental approach to calming me and helping me has been invaluable.

She really is amazing!

Written by R.O on Aug 23, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr. Bruner has been an absolute delight as a counselor. She is kind, insightful and quick to get back to you. She really cares about you and your progress. She's very personable, knowledgeable and welcoming. Talking to her feels like you're talking to a friend you've had for years.

Written by J.U on Jul 06, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger, career, and depression

Very quick responses, great online "bedside manner" and her focus on how to change thinking and behaviors (CBT) was a perfect match for my needs.

Written by D.E on May 09, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr. Bruner has done a fantastic job of helping me through some of my darkest days. I would consider my condition to be somewhat severe but she has provided an enlightening perspective on my issues and has offered some very supportive suggestions. She seems very knowledgeable, experienced, and overall I really enjoy working with her.

Written by T.A on Jan 14, 2016 after counseling with Sonya for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and family

Kind and caring with good suggestions. Thank you.

Written by M.I on Nov 04, 2015 after counseling with Sonya for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, parenting, self esteem, and depression

She has been amazing for me. I couldn't thank her enough for what she has done. Words cannot even express right now how I feel and the changes she has helped me make in my life.