BA, MC (Pend.)
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Grief, Life transitions, Chronic pain, Child and youth mental health
- Advanced Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice, Douglas College
- Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, Simon Fraser University
- Master of Counselling (MC), City University in Canada (Pending)
- DBT Skills with Marsha Linehan
- CHI School – Child Mindfulness and Meditation
- Connect Parent Attachment Group
- When Love Hurts anti-violence training for helping professionals
I have spent the past two decades supporting adolescents and their families through mental health crises in both community and hospital settings. Through these experiences, I’ve realized the importance of early intervention, which led me to pursue the path of a clinical counsellor.
I hold the belief that each of us is striving to do our best with the skills and knowledge that we have. Life’s challenges and emotional struggles are part of the journey, and sometimes, they require additional support. Guided by a person-centred and trauma-informed approach, my goal is to provide a safe, respectful and nonjudgmental space where individuals can navigate these challenges, learn new skills and find the support they need to manage and thrive. I am excited to bring my experience and compassion to this internship, with the aim of fostering positive change and growth for those I have the honour of walking alongside with.
When and why did Sonja join Alongside You?
I wanted to offer counselling services in a practice that takes a holistic approach to mental health, and, as a Delta resident, somewhere that invests in the well-being of my community’s members. Alongside You meets these internship goals and is the perfect fit to complete the last part of my Master of Counselling journey. I am excited to be joining the team in September 2023.
How does Sonja relax when she is outside of work?
As a mom of two busy kiddos, I am unsure if “relax” is currently in my vocabulary. However, I do ensure I engage in daily self-care practices, including mindfulness activities and physical exercise, and make space for what I love most; spending time with my family, walking my rescue pup, and, if time permits, watching a baseball game or reading a good book at the beach.
What would Sonja be doing if she did not pursue the career path she has right now?
From a young age, I knew I would spend my career helping others. I can’t really imagine doing anything different, but if I had to choose, I’d combine my love of travel with my love of writing and become a travel writer.
What does Sonja consider to be the most important value?
For me, as an intern, the most important values in counselling are integrity, respect and kindness. They guide my approach, ensuring I maintain trust through integrity, create a safe space through respect and foster authentic connections through kindness. These values inspire me to offer genuine support and guidance to my clients as they navigate their wellness journey.