Ms. Sonya Dhillon, MA, is in the final stages of completing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Toronto. Ms. Dhillon is highly trained in the clinical science model, using research and evidence-based assessment and intervention to ensure the quality of care. She has received numerous awards for her community service and research excellence. She has clinical training from internationally recognized hospitals including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, and Baycrest Health Sciences Centre.
Ms. Dhillon’s research focuses on the influence and impact of mental health issues on one’s ability to function in relationships, work, school and self-care; and then, identifying the factors to promote well-being across these domains.
Ms. Dhillon has six years of experience in comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment. Ms. Dhillon is predominantly trained in CBT and also employs an integrative treatment approach to ensure that care is client centred. This integrative approach includes treatment in the context of an individual’s culture and context.
Other therapeutic modalities include mindfulness, self-compassion and neurocognitive based treatments. Over the course of her training, Ms. Dhillon has garnered experience with a wide range of psychological presentations including depression, trauma, anxiety, adjustment, personality disorders, relationship challenges, etc. Further, Ms. Dhillon has specialist training in assessing and treating mental health challenges with co-occurring health issues such as head injuries, dementia, brain tumours, neurological disorders, etc., and also work-related disability. She has worked with these populations in the context of group, couples and one on one.
Ms. Dhillon’s approach involves collaborative goal-setting, cultivating resilience, autonomy and independence in her client’s lives, through the use and applications of evidence-based techniques with the goal of achieving well-being across domains.