Accredited ACA Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor
Credentialed Mental Health Nurse (CMHN)
MA (Counselling), PGDip (Mental Health Science), MA (Nursing Science), DVM
Sonia is a Registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with extensive knowledge and experience in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addictive behaviour. Sonia has a broad understanding of treating trauma, having worked as a mental health clinician for more than five years in a Psychological Trauma Recovery Service, where she has been closely working with members from emergency first responders, Police Force, and ADF who deal with work-related PTSD. Sonia has also worked as a school counsellor and mental health clinician in acute mental health services and community recovery program. Throughout her career, Sonia has facilitated a variety of group programs, which draw heavily on the evidence-based psychotherapy interventions, with both children and adult clients with the moderate-high prevalence of mental health disorder and co-morbid substance abuse, personality disorder, criminal offending and complex childhood trauma. Over the last few years, Sonia has been working voluntarily as a mentor at the University of Melbourne, where she facilitates the professional transition and workplace readiness to her mentees.
Sonia is skilled in a range of evidence-based approaches, including Trauma-Informed Care, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Mindfulness interventions, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
Sonia is also passionate about working with individuals who are HSP- Highly Sensitive Person. These individuals may find that they feel more deeply or that they are more emotionally reactive than others; they may also feel overwhelmed by crowded rooms, hectic schedules, and exposure to bright light or loud noise.
Sonia helps her clients to gain a deeper understanding of their strengths and resources and offers them an individualized treatment plan with practical strategies to best manage emotional distresses.