Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for morning and evening appointments
Adults (21+ years old)
Specialties & expertise
Career transitions and direction
Mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges
Empty nest syndrome
Anxiety and depression
Existential challenges / crises
Loss and grief
Sonia Gomes is a therapist in Pawtucket, RI specializing in depression, loss, anxiety symptoms, communication skills, social skills, and adjustment to chronic illness and life changes. She works with adults 21+ years old in stages of change and those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and existential challenges. She offers sessions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Mis especialidades incluyen trabajar con personas que luchan con depresión, pérdida, síntomas de ansiedad y adaptación a enfermedades crónicas. Trabajo con personas identificando síntomas promoviendo cambio y el bienestar.
Sonia is certified in EMDR, trauma focused therapy, Core Energetics a Somatic therapy, Mindfulness and subsequent trainings in IFS (Internal Family Systems), Ego State therapy, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
Prior to private practice, Sonia worked in hospital and community settings, including Rhode Island College where she teaches a course on immigration and social work as a Adjunct Professor.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, physical abuse or/and experiencing early childhood adversities.
Cultural adjustment – Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Race & cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Insurance,
Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Individual sessions: $150/session (50min)
Individual sessions: $300 (90min)
Therapist's note: Sonia can provide invoices for patients to submit to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"My specialities include working with people who struggle with depression, loss, anxiety symptoms, communication skills, social skills, and adjustment to chronic illness and life changes.
By identifying and working through symptoms, change and well being can be developed and nurtured. With the use of various therapeutic modalities I help people promote self love, awareness, relationships, communication skills, reduce stress, minimize depressive and anxiety symptoms. You do not have to struggle alone with symptoms, asking for help is the first step.
Mis especialidades incluyen trabajar con personas que luchan con depresión, pérdida, síntomas de ansiedad y adaptación a enfermedades crónicas. Trabajo con personas identificando síntomas promoviendo cambio y el bienestar."
For women going through life transitions: "I love working with women who are going through the stages of life such as loss, divorce, professional life transitions and empty nest syndrome to name a few."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Solution-focused therapySolution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Blackstone Valley Community Health, Supervisor, 2014 - Present
Rhode Island College, Adjunct Professor, 2014 - Present
The Providence Center, Emergency Therapist, 2012 - 2017
Miriam Hospital, Case Management, 2006 - 2013
Eye Movement Desensitization Training, 2018
Core Energetics Training, 2015 - Present
Rhode Island College, Masters, Social Work, 2012
Rhode Island College, Bachelors, Social Work, 2010