It's amazing to me that, just because I was lucky enough to find you over a decade ago, I still get to receive the benefit of knowing you! Your newsletters have helped me so much over the years. Thank you for the tremendous effort & generosity you continue to share with people like me. As a writer & professor who helps students develop their critical-analytical & interpretive skills, I'm especially in awe of the care you take in exploring so many aspects of a given puzzle or difficulty. You write so elegantly & clearly, & it is truly admirable the way you weave in social justice perspectives into this work.
July 5, 2020
I just wanted to say how useful, calming and reassuring I've found your various articles. Thank you so much for sharing such a lot of wisdom for free; I'm currently working with a therapist but there is only so much you can discuss in an hour a week, and I've found your articles to be insightful, compassionate and practical as I work through things in my own time between sessions.
April 15, 2020
Thank you so much for the work you did with me and your presence during the most painful time of my life. You helped me start to slowly land back into myself. I miss the depth of bodywork you do and your sensitivity.
November 29, 2019
I just wanted to express my gratitude for your books Wellspring of Compassion and Presence After Trauma. As a survivor of domestic violence who has been trying to heal over the past eight years, they have offered some of the most meaningful, grounding, and affirming support I have encountered.
I only came across them a few years ago but cried when I first opened Wellspring of Compassion. It was so clear to me that you were speaking from experience and I have found that for me, that makes all the difference. In my search for answers and healing, I've come to feel acutely the gap between knowledge and experience with my therapists, professional advocates, ministers and scholarly conversation partners. I was surrounded by those with knowledge and expertise who had never experienced it themselves. It makes sense to me now why I started to feel so stuck and even a bit broken.
Reading Wellspring of Compassion, I was overcome because I no longer felt that gap. The anti-oppression framework and the concrete tools resonated with me as rooted in experience and practice. And I no longer felt so alone in it. I chose “presence” as my intention for this year in preparation for reading Presence After Trauma. It has been challenging to be present when I have worked so hard at hiding myself these past eight years, but it has been a challenge that feels manageable.
Both books helped me to trust more profoundly what I know to be true about my experience, encouraged me to find and build support among other survivors, and emboldened me to start creating the survivor resources that I needed (and continue to need) in hopes they may also be of help to others.
Your work is truly a gift and I am ever so grateful for that "help unknown" that was already on the way.
October 12, 2019
I wanted to let you know that I continue to get so much from your newsletters. I really appreciate your ability to speak to so many facets of trauma and I always read these feeling 1) extreme compassion coming from you through your words and 2) validation for my experience past and present and 3) food for thought on how I can help myself and others.
May 2, 2019
Kristin H.Your writing voice is really strong in a beautiful way and compassion flows through your actual words. I'm a writer too and I can usually tell within one paragraph whether I'll be able to track with another writer's voice. I feel like a lot of writers know a lot of content in their soul, but it doesn't flow out of the passion in their spirit so it feels sorta bland. Your writing seems to flow out of your spirit, and all the soul knowledge and experience in working in the body realm really enhances that. Anyway, thank you! With each article that I've read, I feel like I walk away lighter, comforted, educated, and encouraged.
October 4, 2018
Gabrielle P.Thank you for your newsletter, I find my way back to something important every time I receive it. It is precious to keeping me on track in my healing process.
June 3, 2018
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