Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Consultant & Motivational Speaker
Dr. Sonya earned her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in 1990, master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1996, and doctorate of education in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2009. She holds two Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling and Teaching in Higher Education. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor. Dr. Sonya began her career in Communications. She worked in radio as a traffic reporter, producer, and on-air personality for more than twenty years in the Washington, D.C. area. During her tenure in radio, Dr. Sonya produced the Tom Joyner Morning Show and hosted DC Sunday, a weekly radio program, on WHUR-FM. In addition, she has done voice-over work and has been an "extra" in both television and film.
Most recently, she has appeared on local talk shows as a guest therapist/expert on such subjects as bullying, grief, and beating the seasonal blues. Having spent the majority of her life in service to others, Dr. Sonya continues to provide motivation through her new book, Love Yourself First Everyday. This first book is motivational; motivational thoughts are also shared daily through her FaceBook page, Twitter, and Linked In. Dr. Sonya's children's book, Sometimes Love, will be released in December 2012 and her autobiography, Black with a Touch of Blue, will be released in 2013 and promises to be a story of triumph over life's most difficult moments.