When I was facing what seemed like an unsolvable family problem, the sessions I had with Sonia were very healing and supportive. She repeatedly made it feel safe for me to talk about memories of the past and fears about the future, and then, with acceptance and empathy, she would gently invite me to turn my attention to the physical sensations that accompanied the emotions. Over the course of seven sessions my original problem gradually shrunk in size to the point where it is now very manageable. And the fear and anxiety that it once held for me has all but evaporated. I'm so very grateful to Sonia for her healing skills and intuition, her wise understanding and inspired guidance during this process.
May 12, 2018
It's very healing and refreshing to see articles that are so positive realistic and healing. When I am struggling your website is the number one I come to to re read the articles. It really grounds me and re assures me.
May 11, 2018
I really appreciate, in your writing and in our work together, your gracious acceptance of things the way they are. It feels like fresh air and forgiveness.
March 9, 2018
Even though I work in healing trauma, your articles have a depth and embodied-ness that's rare. Also, I really appreciate that you focus on the symptoms and their impact on life rather than specific traumas. Even though I do have an experience of sexual abuse, its this workplace stuff that really affected me, so I find the holistic nature of your articles more accessible than ones that more narrowly focus on sexual abuse.
February 27, 2018
I have purchased both of your books and have found them to be of huge comfort. They are often the first place I turn to for support when I am struggling with an issue. There is something deeply reassuring in your books. You speak with great clarity and make issues that feel huge, complex and unfathomable in my own head, somehow more manageable and clear.
December 23, 2017
Sonia Connolly is an amazing healer who has helped me through many difficult times over the past year. She has been very patient, intuitive, knowledgeable and professional during every visit. My injury stems from damage to the brain stem. This affects my entire autonomic nervous system (breathing, blood flow/pressure, digestion, etc) and constantly throws my energy out of balance. It affects my body randomly, which can make me a difficult patient to treat as I have different needs every visit. Through these treatments Sonia has proven to me that she has a wide range of expertise when it comes to reiki, cranial-sacial treatments and energy work. I highly recommend her and will continue these treatments.
September 26, 2017
"Presence After Trauma" is the only self-help book that doesn't subtly or overtly give the tone of "you're broken, you need fixing." I have a bit of an addiction with self help books and this has been the one that I've been able to put into the most practice without feeling shame about myself. Sonia Connolly writes with a compassionate and empathetic tone, and matter of fact in advice. Advice giving is provisional and not dictatorial - she knows that everyone comes from different circumstances, has different goals and values. Sometimes self help books give advice that seems to be one size fits all, or is just another should to add to the list of what's wrong with you. This book doesn't do that 🙂
May 3, 2017
Wellspring of Compassion is a treasure. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and recovering now as an adult, I find it extremely comforting and helpful. It is written in a gentle tone, has many helpful suggestions of exercises to do as well as explanations about trauma. I return to it again and again to help me with increasing self-care, self-compassion and extending kindness towards myself. I wholeheartedly recommend it as a validating and comforting healing companion that will help you to be kind to yourself as you heal from abuse.
December 3, 2016
I look forward to purchasing your new book soon and would like to say thank you for the ongoing support 'Wellspring of Compassion' has given me. I appreciate the gentle tone and it is really helping me to treat myself with greater self-care and to accept that this journey is life-long and that that is okay. Your words are so deeply authentic and I am feeling so much safer and learning a little more to find ways to love myself step by step. Exactly what I have needed. Heartfelt thanks and appreciation!
November 25, 2016
Your work is always helpful to me. It speaks volumes in a voice that I can hear well. I believe this is because you have done the work (or unlearned the toxic behaviours of our society) and there are no hints of influence from the toxic messages in your articles. I really appreciate that.
Your work is incredible! In all my experience in healing trauma, and psychological research I have never come across someone who has fully reflected on the power dynamics, double binds and group political factors that are the underlying narrative of trauma.
November 9, 2016