Tel:  647-654-5782

info@soniapahwa.com

Therapy & Facilitation

46 Lakeview Avenue 
Toronto, Ontario Canada M6J 3B3

© 2016 by Sonia Pahwa

 

About Sonia

Change is possible.
We can do it together.

 

About Me

I am a registered social worker in private practice. With over 10 years of practice experience, I offer clinical services, supervision, training, and facilitation in downtown Toronto, and surrounding areas.

My work involves counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. I regularly deliver suicide intervention training and couples counselling workshops in community and private sectors. 

I use a number of theoretical approaches in the consulting room, with special focus on attachment theory, neurobiology, and trauma-informed practice. I am regularly supervised by Gail Palmer MSW (EFT/EFFT), and Carl Hammerschlag MD (psychiatry, Indigenous and systems framework). 

Research and Clowning

In my spare time, I serve as a therapeutic clown, working with Gesundheit! Institute/Patch Adams offering international humanitarian outreach. 

 

Currently, I am part of the clinical team researching the efficacy of therapeutic clowning as an alternative treatment modality for Veterans and military members living with operational stress injury (OSI), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), moral injury, etc. I also see service members and first responders in my private practice.

What to Expect

Our work will focus on discovering what is meaningful to you, and finding creative ways to reconnect and live in alignment with these insights. Together, we will make sense of experiences, find ways to sit with what is going on in the present, and figure out next steps to move forward.

 

In sessions, we will use the deep wisdom of intuition and experiential moments to explore the possibilities and choices open to you. 

To learn more about the approaches that influence me and how I come to my clinical work, see the Vlog.

 

 

Complimentary Consultation

Our fit, and the therapeutic relationship we create, will be very important to our work. For this reason, I offer a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation.

 

This brief conversation will provide an opportunity for you to share some goals for the therapy, feel out if we might have a comfortable connection for therapeutic work, and ask any questions you might have. To schedule a consultation, click here: 

 

 

 

 

For more information on coaching and facilitation services, for small or large groups, click here:

 

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)

  • Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (RSW)

  • Clinical Trainer, Supervisor, Therapist

 

Much of my experience centres on providing counselling for young people and adults, and clinical development for counsellors. 

 

Some of the areas I worked in include crisis intervention (Kids Help Phone), community mental health centres (youth, family, day treatment and residential services), hospitals, universities, and first responder and police services. I have held the roles of counsellor, manager, supervisor, clinical consultant, and trainer. 

I look forward to working together.

Warmly,

Sonia

 
Specialties

  • Anxiety or Depression

  • Compassion Fatigue

  • Family or Relationship Dynamics

  • Grief and Loss

  • Identity Exploration

  • Life Transition

  • Mind-Body Connection

  • Self-Harm

  • Stress Management

  • Substance Use

  • Suicidal Ideation

Serving: 

Young People and Adults

Individuals, Couples, Families

First Responders, Police Services, Military 

Therapeutic Approach

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Post Traumatic Growth Approach (PTG)

Psychodynamic Approach

Narrative Therapy

Neurobiology Focused

Attachment Theory

Trauma-Informed

Expressive Arts

Counselling Modalities

In-person counselling

Phone counselling

Video conferencing