Sonia Gomes, LICSW

Sonia Gomes

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning and weekend appointments


 

Clientele

Adults (21+ years old)

Specialties & expertise

  • Career transitions and direction
  • Mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges
  • Divorce
  • Empty nest syndrome
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • Trauma
  • Loss and grief 

Professional statement

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 uses therapeutic approaches such as Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Core Energetics. She also draws upon EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for clients with trauma, anxiety, or depression.

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.


Specialties

Life transitions –  Career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; divorce; empty nest syndrome
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

General expertise

Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one; works with clients to identify where they are in the stages grief and help them work through it


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Insurance
  • Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance
  • RISD Student Insurance
  • United Health
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $100/session (50min)

Sliding scale: Offered to individuals who need a reduced rate for therapy.

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."


Treatment approaches

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. (learn more)
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


Languages

English
Spanish
Portuguese


Professional endorsements

I would most heartily recommend Sonia for working in Zencare. Sonia is an exceptional therapist with many years of working with a wide variety of populations- including age, gender, health status, sexual orientation, and non-English speaking individuals. Sonia is dedicated to her own internal work, so as not to interfere with her client’s development, which is a gift to her clients. Sonia is also interested in a variety of modalities, holistic in nature, which helps her bring a bigger toolbox to her clients. Sonia is, simply, a very good therapist, dedicated to her craft, willing to grow in service to her clients and her own awareness.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, trauma, issues of sexuality and sexual orientation, health issues, developmental milestones for both men and women.
— Joanna Meriwether, MSW (2017)
I have found Sonia to be fearless and completely authentic in her own work. I believe a therapist can only take a client as far as she/he is willing to go. Sonia does not shy away from the “tough stuff” and is a compassionate advocate.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, mental health issues related to life stressors and change
— Kathleen Welcome, student of Core Energetics (2017)
Sonia provides therapy that is clinically sound, highly ethical, and culturally competent.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, trauma, depression
— Laurice Girouard, LICSW (2017)