Headstuff-ADHD-Therapist-Sonya

SONYA
ADHD & ASD THERAPIST
PARENTING SUPPORT
YOUNG PEOPLE & TEEN SPECIALIST
LGBTQI/NON BINARY SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED ASD, AWAITING ADHD DIAGNOSIS

Sonya only received her diagnosis of ASD as an adult and only after that realised she also has ADHD. Her epiphany came after years working supporting children and young people with ADHD and ASD in a school.

As a mum of three teenagers with ADHD and ASD, she began to recognise that she experienced all the same traits and symptoms and finally had her lightbulb moment realising she had the conditions as well.

Sonya had initially been labelled as ‘highly gifted’ at school but her undiagnosed ADHD and ASD prevented her from reaching her potential. She found herself simply unable to meet the demands and routines of school life. But as a young adult, she managed to find work and complete her education at evening classes.

Sonya rose through the ranks and ended up as a successful IT Manager before becoming a full-time mother.

When Sonya had her first daughter it soon became apparent that she had ASD and when her twins were born two years later, history repeated itself with one twin having ASD & ADHD and the other ADHD.

Sonya learned as much as she could to best support her wonderful girls, attending courses and lectures to best understand how to support their sometimes challenging behaviour.

These skills were soon put to further use when Sonya took up work as a Learning Support Assistant where her compassion and drive to be a support and voice for children labelled as ‘naughty’ or ‘different’ became a mission.

Sonya had seen many times how her own children had been let down by the education system, with schools refusing to support or understand her bright-minded girls. In the work environment, she saw how schools were failing children again and made sure that she shared her skills with colleagues and became a positive voice who advocated for the rights and needs of children.

Sonya navigated the EHCP system for her own daughter putting in many hours to secure the support the school had told her “she would never get”. Her daughter became the first child to attend their highly selective grammar school with an EHCP, proving that all children with ASD and ADHD have a place and deserve a chance to shine.

After many years working as an LSA and Pastoral Carer in schools, Sonya pursued a Psychology degree so far receiving distinctions and a CertHE in Psychology.

Counselling has been a real passion and took up a whole year of her degree. Sonya also has completed training in Counselling Skills and Understanding Mental Health in children and young people.

Sonya volunteered as a Crisis Counsellor for SHOUT – a mental health text line service to help young people in crisis. There she was helping young people dealing with bereavement, stress, suicidal ideation and many other issues.

Sonya has worked with children as young as 4 up to teenage years and also has a strong affinity with adults of all ages. ADHD and ASD are her areas of expertise and she also has first-hand experience of eating disorders, stress, self-harm, depression and LGBTQ+ / gender identity issues through her children.

Sonya is very supportive and understanding and firmly believes there are no bad children, just behaviours that result from a lack of support and understanding.  Sonya is passionate about supporting parents of ADHD and ASD children but also PDA, ODD, diabetes, LGBTQ and non-binary children and adolescents. 

Her knowledge of the school system from both parents and insider view is invaluable.

With a wealth of knowledge to share, Sonya is passionate about supporting parents and mentoring, as well as working with young people – always tailoring her support to each individual.

Well-being and fulfilment of potential are at the forefront of all Sonya does, with a listening ear, genuine warmth and extensive first-hand experience to share.

 

Qualifications

  • CertHE Psychology (Distinction) 2000
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate Counselling Skills
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Current Training & CPD

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (final year)
  • DipHE Psychology (June 2022)
  • Supporting English as an Additional Language
  • SHOUT Crisis Counsellor 2019
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Black Sheep and Time To Talk Communication Therapy
  • Musical Communication Therapy

 

Headstuff-ADHD-Therapist-Sonya

SONYA

ADHD & ASD THERAPIST
PARENTING SUPPORT
YOUNG PEOPLE & TEEN SPECIALIST
LGBTQI/NON BINARY SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED ASD, AWAITING ADHD DIAGNOSIS

Sonya only received her diagnosis of ASD as an adult and only after that realised she also has ADHD. Her epiphany came after years working supporting children and young people with ADHD and ASD in a school.

As a mum of three teenagers with ADHD and ASD, she began to recognise that she experienced all the same traits and symptoms and finally had her lightbulb moment realising she had the conditions as well.

Sonya had initially been labelled as ‘highly gifted’ at school but her undiagnosed ADHD and ASD prevented her from reaching her potential. She found herself simply unable to meet the demands and routines of school life. But as a young adult, she managed to find work and complete her education at evening classes.

Sonya rose through the ranks and ended up as a successful IT Manager before becoming a full-time mother.

When Sonya had her first daughter it soon became apparent that she had ASD and when her twins were born two years later, history repeated itself with one twin having ASD & ADHD and the other ADHD.

Sonya learned as much as she could to best support her wonderful girls, attending courses and lectures to best understand how to support their sometimes challenging behaviour.

These skills were soon put to further use when Sonya took up work as a Learning Support Assistant where her compassion and drive to be a support and voice for children labelled as ‘naughty’ or ‘different’ became a mission.

Sonya had seen many times how her own children had been let down by the education system, with schools refusing to support or understand her bright-minded girls. In the work environment, she saw how schools were failing children again and made sure that she shared her skills with colleagues and became a positive voice who advocated for the rights and needs of children.

Sonya navigated the EHCP system for her own daughter putting in many hours to secure the support the school had told her “she would never get”. Her daughter became the first child to attend their highly selective grammar school with an EHCP, proving that all children with ASD and ADHD have a place and deserve a chance to shine.

After many years working as an LSA and Pastoral Carer in schools, Sonya pursued a Psychology degree so far receiving distinctions and a CertHE in Psychology.

Counselling has been a real passion and took up a whole year of her degree. Sonya also has completed training in Counselling Skills and Understanding Mental Health in children and young people.

Sonya volunteered as a Crisis Counsellor for SHOUT – a mental health text line service to help young people in crisis. There she was helping young people dealing with bereavement, stress, suicidal ideation and many other issues.

Sonya has worked with children as young as 4 up to teenage years and also has a strong affinity with adults of all ages. ADHD and ASD are her areas of expertise and she also has first-hand experience of eating disorders, stress, self-harm, depression and LGBTQ+ / gender identity issues through her children.

Sonya is very supportive and understanding and firmly believes there are no bad children, just behaviours that result from a lack of support and understanding.  Sonya is passionate about supporting parents of ADHD and ASD children but also PDA, ODD, diabetes, LGBTQ and non-binary children and adolescents. 

Her knowledge of the school system from both parents and insider view is invaluable.

With a wealth of knowledge to share, Sonya is passionate about supporting parents and mentoring, as well as working with young people – always tailoring her support to each individual.

Well-being and fulfilment of potential are at the forefront of all Sonya does, with a listening ear, genuine warmth and extensive first-hand experience to share.

 

Qualifications

  • CertHE Psychology (Distinction) 2000
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate Counselling Skills
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

 

Current Training & CPD

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (final year)
  • DipHE Psychology (June 2022)
  • Supporting English as an Additional Language
  • SHOUT Crisis Counsellor 2019
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Black Sheep and Time To Talk Communication Therapy
  • Musical Communication Therapy