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Sonja, Counsellor at Open Space Counselling

Accepting New Clients

  • No

Rates*

  • Individuals: $150
  • Couples: $170

*Prices Exclusive of GST

Availability

  • Sunday (afternoon)
  • Monday (afternoon/evening)
  • Wednesday (morning/afternoon)
  • Thursday (morning/afternoon)

Therapy Formats

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

Populations

  • Individuals
  • Couples
Sonja, Counsellor at Open Space Counselling

Sonja Huege (She/Her/Hers)

Registered Clinical Counsellor, MA, RCC

Accepting New Clients

  • Yes

Rates*

  • $150 (Individuals)
  • $170 (Couples)
*Prices exclusive of GST

Appointment Times

  • Monday (Afternoon/Evening)
  • Wednesday (Daytime)
  • Sunday

Therapy Formats

  • Virtual
  • In-Person

Populations

  • Individuals
  • Couples

Full Bio

Sonja is not currently accepting new clients. Please contact connect@openspacecounselling.ca, or fill out our Match with a Therapist form to connect with one of our other counsellors.

Being attuned to and truly seen can be elusive in our daily lives, especially in this era of perpetual distraction and personal branding. As a therapist, I thrive on genuine connection and, together with my clients, getting to the root of their struggles. Through this exploration, I often get to witness significant transformation – whether that is improved relationships with loved ones, being less anxious, or choosing a more meaningful path in life. I know how hard it is to change old patterns and show up differently, and my favourite part of being a therapist is being able to celebrate my clients’ wins, big and small.

When I hear from clients that “I can finally let other people in, after years of pushing them away” and “I’m more present and less reactive with my kids,” this validates to me the power of good therapy.

Areas of Focus/Specialty

  • Couples Therapy
  • Self Esteem
  • Complex Trauma
  • Relationship Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Religious Trauma
  • Male Survivors of Sexualized Abuse

Therapy Modalities

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
  • Body-Based/Somatic Therapy
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Informed Therapy

What You Can Expect When Working With Sonja

I use a range of proven therapeutic interventions that can be adjusted to your needs and situation. Sometimes, we will tailor specific strategies to help you move through challenging situations with more confidence and ease. Other times, it is beneficial to directly respond to your inner critic, and move you from a place of doubting yourself to trusting yourself. As a trauma informed therapist, I can also help guide you to feel more grounded in your body, and less activated by daily triggers. Above all, my aim is that you feel supported, understood, and that you leave each session with more clarity, insight, and strategies than you arrived with.

I work extensively with couples, and I love helping people improve their relationships! Couples who see me can expect to explore beyond their arguments and conflict, creating a relationship in which each partner can safely lower their defences and build more empathy, trust and respect. When I see couples reconnect on a deeper level than ever before, it truly lights me up inside!

Sonja's Experience & Training

Entering the field of therapy was the most beautiful accident of my life. When I was pursuing a few counselling courses so that I could work on the Downtown Eastside during the fentanyl crisis, I was still planning a career as a lawyer focusing on human rights. However, when my counselling training helped me see the level of personal transformation that can occur, I knew I wanted to pursue counselling as a career.

My counselling training includes an experiential diploma at Rhodes Wellness College, a Masters degree from Adler University, and extensive specialised training. In the professional experience that I’ve accumulated since graduating, I have been exposed to clients from varying walks of life. My experience treating male survivors of sexual abuse has deeply informed my approach to treating trauma in a way that promotes safety, stability and growth. I also have developed a passion in helping couples reconnect and find joy in one another again. I continue to pursue extra training and supervision that enables me to help my clients as effectively as possible.

More About Sonja

I am an avid reader and I spend as much time as I can with my close friends. I love the west coast, but I’m a prairie girl at heart – growing up with harsh Manitoba winters where community spirit is everything has definitely helped form my warm and welcoming personality.

Losing my dad as a teenager helped me realise early in life that healing is a process, and that there are no quick fixes for deep pain. This has helped me to stay present and compassionate when holding space for others who are suffering.

I geek out on new therapy training whenever I can get my hands on them. I actively practise gratitude, self compassion and meditation. I won’t ask you to do anything that I haven’t tried myself!