Hello and Welcome. I am so glad that you decided to reach out for support at this critical time in your life. It takes a great deal of courage to pursue change and to work towards living your best life. I am honored that you would allow me to partner with you on this journey. Here is some information about me and how I plan to support you as you move forward.
I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University (2014) and am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation for the state of Ohio. Since the beginning of my social work career I have been refining my skills and gaining valuable work experience in a variety of settings. After obtaining my Bachelor degree from Bowling Green State University I set out to change the world one person at a time. For the first half of my career I worked for the Salvation Army as a Community Social Worker and concluded my time there as The Director of the Women and Children’s Shelter. As a community social worker I engaged in crisis intervention, case management and served as a life coach. My experience as a director helped me to gain knowledge in group therapy, advocacy and coordination of services. I have worked with runaway teens as well as those involved with the justice system. The second half of my career included clinical social worker in the acute hospital setting as well as a rehabilitation center. In these settings I provided case management and counseling services for those individuals who had a sudden life changing event that resulted in depression, anxiety and a need to formulate a plan for a new normal. My current position as a hospice social worker allows me to provide grief, marital and family counseling prior to and directly after the patients transition. I truly believe that the work I do is my gift and each day I live by the motto, “We come into this world full, leave empty”.
My counseling style is warm and engaging and I always strive to develop a therapeutic relationship that leaves the person feeling valued and heard. My primary approach is Client Centered which focuses on providing unconditional positive regard, empathy and genuine support. I also utilize Cognitive- Behavioral and Psychodynamic counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and special needs. If you’re ready for a change I stand ready to help.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Self-Love, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy
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I’m grateful for the time that I get to spend with Sonya each session on covers a little bit more pieces of the puzzle to help me improve my mental health and reactions to my traumas!
Written on Oct 23, 2023 after therapy with Sonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She is amazing, insightful, provides many tools & good advice & better understanding
Written on Feb 02, 2023 after therapy with Sonya for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
Sonya is a patient, compassionate, and emotionally intelligent counselor who helped me navigate my intimidating mental health journey better than I could have ever hoped. She's incredibly easy to talk to, and I found myself comfortable at all times during our sessions, even when engaging in deep, thoughtful, and vulnerable conversations.
I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking professional counseling. Her warmth and friendliness were matched by her expertise and knowledge of the therapeutic practices that ultimately worked wonders for my self-image and self-talk. I can't thank her enough for working with me to better myself, not only for me, but also those around me. Thank you Sonya!
Written on Nov 10, 2021 after therapy with Sonya for 7 months on issues concerning self esteem
Sonya and I have been working together for 8 or 9 months. I am making progress in my self confidence and self care. I look forward to our talks each week. I always come away with good insights. She gives homework assignments if you want that reinforce the therapy. The work is not fast or easy, but it is worth it.
Written on Aug 11, 2021 after therapy with Sonya for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem
Sonya is the absolute best! She is easy to converse with and knows the right things to say and the right homework to get you to understand yourself. I have a hard time connecting with counselors but she has been wonderful. I feel the healthiest I have felt ever in my life!
Written on Apr 17, 2021 after therapy with Sonya for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties
Sonya has been great! She is a great listener who has pointed out things I never thought of. She is great at coaching you along the way and you feel like she is your biggest cheerleader. Very satisfied so far!
Written on Jan 02, 2021 after therapy with Sonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues