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It is my intention to offer grief-related therapy of the highest quality, in a culturally sensitive and sacred space. In my practice, I use an integrative approach, emphasizing interventions that scientific studies and clinical expertise have demonstrated are most effective for grief integration. One particularly effective and evidence based treatment is Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT). I am one of only two mental health clinicians in the Philadelphia area trained in this treatment protocol.

Other interventions used include, but are not limited to, psychodynamic and mindfulness-based interventions.


About Dr. Sonya

I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and have been a licensed psychologist since 1991. After many years of clinical work, and adjunct teaching at various universities and colleges, I transitioned to working as a full-time psychology professor at Community College of Philadelphia. I also worked as a freelance reviewer of psychology textbooks and author of ancillary materials of psychology textbooks published by Pearson Higher Education, Macmillan/Worth, McGraw-Hill and Wiley publishers Over the years, I loved being immersed in academia and never thought I would return to clinical work.

But after many profound life changes, including the unexpected death of my mother, my path led me back to my clinical practice, for which I am profoundly grateful.

With more than 30 years of clinical and academic expertise in death, dying, and bereavement and many related conditions such as depression, anxiety, and trauma, my own experiences of loss and restoration, and spiritual transformation, I know for sure that I have “that special something” that allows me to be fully present in my work with anyone dealing with anticipatory, acute, or complicated grief.