Sonia Parail is currently completing her Master’s in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary, and will be at Mighty Oaks to complete her practicum internship under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Carlson.
Sonia grew up in an extended family full of children younger than her, and spent summers helping with day camps at the zoo and the nursery at her church. As a result, she has always known that she enjoys connecting with children. She also knows the courage and vulnerability required to pursue counseling as a client--and the way in which there is an extra layer of each when it is your child that you are seeking counseling for. She is excited to work with both parents and children in this process.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Sonia hails from Columbus, OH and completed her B.A. in Political Science at The Ohio State University. During her time at Ohio State, she helped facilitate presentations through the OSU Multicultural Center and Asian American Association. She also completed an internship at Community Refugee and Immigration Services. These experiences yielded interests in advocacy, identity, working with families, and assisting people in navigating systems that are not easy to move through. Sonia sees these interests as informing her professional life today, in conjunction with her personal life events and story.
Within the counseling field, Sonia’s interests include (but are not limited to): Trauma-informed counseling; life transitions; cultural, racial, and/or religious identity challenges; chronic illness or disability of either self or a family member; adoption/foster care; social anxiety and other mental disorders.
Sonia’s counseling framework is grounded conceptually in attachment theory and a multicultural perspective. In sessions, she uses child-centered play therapy with children, as well as Gestalt therapy when developmentally appropriate with clients of all ages. She believes that counseling is most constructive when it facilitates moments for clients to explore their past, while also engaging in real-time processing and learning how to navigate the everyday choices and challenges of life. She seeks to provide a space for clients to learn how to best connect with themselves and others; to experiment in self-expression; and above all, to experience healing through a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship. As a graduate student at Dallas Theological Seminary, Sonia can support clients looking for Christian counseling, but is well versed in working with clients of all faiths and spiritual identities.
Sonia is available to work with children, adolescents, and adults.
Contact Sonia: 214.814.5732