Sonia has professional qualifications in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, thanatology and trauma support.  She is a certified trainer and assessor.   In addition, she has completed extensive training with international and national thanatologist such as Dianne and Mal McKissock, Robert Neimeyer, William Worden, Katherine Shear, Theresa Rando to name but a few.  She has engaged in professional training and experiences with the United States and Australian military, and the Australian Federal Police in the care of deceased personnel.

Sonia is trained and experienced in supporting children coping with a dying family member/friend or grief following a loss.

Sonia is a sessional academic lecturer on grief and loss at the University of Canberra.  She is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association (7895), Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and the Association for Death Education and Counselling.

Qualifications: Master of Counselling, Master of Management (Human Resources), Bachelor of Health Science, Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Certified Thanatologist (death, dying and bereavement), Certified Trainer and Assessor. Qualifications in trauma support (PTSD) including traumatic grief.

My approach to your care

Since 2002, I have been supporting grief, bereavement and trauma across a range of contexts.  Yet every story remains different and unique.  Consequently, a standardised approach to care is not in your best interest.

My approach to your care is to create a space where together we can be open and genuine with your particular experience of loss and grief: to be flexible to the changing experience of grief, responsive to your needs at any given time, centred on your wellbeing and enable you to live a purposeful life again.

You may ask ‘what’s the point of counselling? It won’t change what has happened, it won’t take away the pain’.  This may be true.  I can’t change what has happened to you and I cant take away the pain.  The pain is yours because whatever or whoever has left you, meant something important to you.  We don’t grieve that which we don’t care for.  But what I can offer you at this time is an objective, non-judgemental companion, to guide and support you in navigating this often foreign, unfamiliar grief terrain.

When we are caught up in the entanglement of our experience, we may not be able to see a clear path through.   But working together we can bring clarity to the experience.  We will identify ways to enable you to adjust to the change so that the pain becomes something you can carry in the midst of living.

Respect | Compassion | Authenticity | Acceptance | Trust | Honesty