Passion. Experience. Support. This is what I hope you get out of our times together and what I will bring to each session. However, here is where you need to know about why I am qualified to be an Approved Supervisor and what brings me to the field of trauma work and mentoring.
I hold a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington (2010) and received my LICSW in 2014. (LW60457930) My journey into trauma work started off with working with trafficking survivors in Mumbai, India. It was a formative experience and I still carry that with me today to remember why I am here and to remember that each survival story is unique. I entered into the UW Social Work program knowing that I wanted to be in trauma work. It's truly been an honor to have worked in the field of trauma and recovery for the last nine years with refugees and immigrants. As much I enjoy being a trauma therapist, I find it even more of a privilege to work alongside clinicians to help them build their confidence and skills as healers and trauma therapists.
I continue to be embedded in the field of community mental health. So know that as a supervisor, I bring a fresh knowledge of the current King County mental health landscape and clinical knowledge and direct experience.
Prior to starting my adult life in the US, I spent my childhood in India. As an adult, I’ve been able to fully comprehend how much this has shaped who I am and the decisions I make. Being an aTCK (Adult Third Culture Kid) is so much a part of my identity and what informs my worldview. Yes, it certainly is what has landed me in the refugee field!
My work has involved individuals who have survived human trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, torture and much more. I've worked primarily with younger adults (18-25) and also with adolescents. See https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonyasvoboda/ for more information.
While I mostly work from a culturally respectful, person-in-environment theoretical model, I have been trained in the following modalities:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Narrative Exposure Therapy
Common Elements Treatment Approach
Attachment Focused Therapy
While I have not been formally trained, I am familiar with:
Dialetical Behavior Therapy
WA Approved Supervisor Course
Attachment Focused Therapy Post Graduate Certificate Program
Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Certificate, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
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