Sonia Gomes, LICSW

Sonia Gomes
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients (updated May 1, 2017)

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, simply, a very good therapist, dedicated to her craft, willing to grow in service to her clients and her own awareness.

- Joanna Meriwether, MSW (2017)

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    About Sonia

  • Expertise in life transitions, anxiety, depression, existential challenges, post-traumatic stress disorder, peri-menopause, and menopause,
  • Offers therapy sessions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Passionate about working with women in stages of change, including peri-menopause, menopause, loss, divorce, professional life transitions and empty nest syndrome
  • Takes a holistic approach to treatment, based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporating Core Energetics, a therapy modality that focuses on releasing emotional blocks in the body
  • Part of the group practice, East Coast Mental Wellness

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Sonia Gomes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI. She specializes in working with adults in stages of change, including peri-menopause, and those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and existential challenges. 

In her practice, Sonia uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, Core Energetics, and solution-based therapy. She is particularly interested in offering Core Energetics so clients can use movement, vocal expression, and other techniques to help release emotional blocks and heal.

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. Sonia is in private practice at East Coast Mental Wellness. 

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"My approach is a holistic one, making use of mind, body and spirit. I have use cognitive behavioral therapy, solution based therapy, mindfulness and other modalities to work with clients who present symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder."

On Core Energetics: "Recently, on my own personal journey, I embarked upon a therapeutic modality, Core Energetics, which helped transform my life. Subsequent training allows me to provide the same tools to others, promoting empowerment, release, healing and rediscovery. Core Energetics allows for the use of movement, vocal expression, and other techniques to help release emotional blocks. Releasing these blocks can create reconnection with the core self, allowing the individual to let go of loss, sadness, negative thinking patterns and limited beliefs. You will begin your journey of rediscovering you, create a new narrative and belief system, and let go of what no longer serves you."

For women going through life transitions: "I love working with women who are going through the stages of life such as peri-menopause, menopause, loss, divorce, professional life transitions and empty nest syndrome to name a few."

EDUCATION & 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

Core Energetics Training, 2015 - Present
Rhode Island College, Masters, Social Work, 2012
Rhode Island College, Bachelors, Social Work, 2010

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Life transitions –  Menopause; career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; divorce; empty nest syndrome
Menopause  Uses CBT, mindfulness, and goal setting to address the client's state of mind during this stage of change
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)
 

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

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

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

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)
Core EnergeticsCore Energetics is a body-focused technique that works to identify where negative energy is held in the body in order to release blocks and heal from past trauma. (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)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults (18-26)
Adults

Languages

LANGUAGES

English
Spanish
Portuguese

LOCATION

East Coast Mental Wellness
1 Richmond Sq #333, 
Providence RI 02906

 

TRANSPORTATION

From Brown University
22min walk, 11min bus, 6min bike

From RISD
28min walk, 12min bus, 10min bike

From Johnson & Wales
20min bus16min bike


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)