“From an early age, I learned that personal struggle is not a roadblock, but rather, it is a way to understand our strengths, purpose, and perseverance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been touched by the human condition. Raised bi-culturally, I was surrounded with eastern spirituality and western ideology. From an early age, I learned that personal struggle is not a roadblock, but rather, it is a way to understand our strengths, purpose, and perseverance. During a trip to India, these pieces came together and I knew right away that therapy work was my calling. Even today, my work is guided by these experiences, from teaching business owners breathing techniques to master anxiety, to counseling abused women to make bold choices. I believe that our struggles do not have to be a measure of who we are--it can be a marker of where we want to go. As a trained and certified meditation and breath-work teacher from Chopra Global, I see the value of the mind-body connection to living with self-love and purpose.
What should someone know about working with you?
I always start where the client is at and go from there. Our initial call gives us a chance to “see” if this might be a good fit. The course of our work is guided through a series of communications that allow you to be seen, heard, and respected for who you are. Although I have used different approaches, I have found using a strength-based model rather than a pathology-based orientation to be most valuable. This perspective allows us to hone into creative solutions and practical steps that help you move away from symptoms, trust your gut, and make life affirming choices. My intention is to create a safe space where you can discuss, explore, and achieve your goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
We are starting to see a positive shift in how we view mental health. We know now that the brain can grow neurons and reorganize itself. There is tons of research on neuroplasticity. This is good news because we are no longer tied to the idea that bad genes and toxic upbringing are the sole predictors of outcome. One key way to calm the central nervous system is through breath-work and meditation. There are also studies that show that the vagus nerve (longest running cranial nerve) can act as the brakes on the stress response. I’ve taken an active role in education, publication, and small and large group training to expand our understanding purpose, resilience, and mental health.
What have clients and colleagues said about your therapy work?
One client, MB, said, “I have worked with Sonia for some time. She truly helped me look deeper within myself and get to the emotions behind my issues. She helped me transform and grow as a person and challenged me along the way. Thank you, Sonia- I am grateful. Highly recommend working with Sonia if you have the chance.” Another, CW, said, “Sonia is an excellent resource that I would recommend for anyone seeking personal growth.” Chopra Global Chief Medical Officer Sheila Patel, MD, said, “Sonia is a passionate advocate for wellbeing, bringing her calming presence and wisdom to create transformative healing. She is a uniquely skilled therapist who blends modern psychotherapy with traditional healing modalities, such as meditation and holistic lifestyle, to improve the wellbeing of her patients.”
“My intention is to create a safe space where you can discuss, explore, and achieve your goals.”