Treatment Issues: Depression; Anxiety; Complex Trauma; Recovery from patterns of abuse and neglect; Personal and Professional Growth & Development; Personal and Spiritual Way Making.
Education and Training: Sunny is in her final year of completing a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. In her first iteration, she completed a Juris Doctor and Master of International Laws from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas with an underlying Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Dallas. Sunny practiced trial and appellate law for 12 years. She is interested in continuing to build her understanding of relational and psychoanalytic psychotherapy through the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study and the Center for Object Relations.
Background and Experience: Sunny served as a mentor with young women in foster care as well as women coming out of addiction and incarceration in Texas. Seeing the difficulty these populations had in working with and transitioning from systemic trauma and crisis, she began searching for more effective tools to support their healing journey. This search eventually led to Seattle and her own transition to an earlier area of great interest: psychology and the development of identity in the midst of attachment issues and trauma. Sunny has completed various components of training under Dan Allender at The Seattle School including The Trauma Workshop, The Story Workshop, and Level One of the Training Certificate. Allender training is rooted in trauma-focused narrative therapy which begins with a commitment to do one’s own work before walking through the sacred ground of another’s story.
Special Interests and Services: While attending Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Sunny was active in a variety of church ministries, including community and healing prayer and women’s abuse support and recovery groups. At the Seattle School, Sunny has served in Student Leadership as Anamchara (Soul Friend) Facilitator for attending to the community and the development of spaces of connection. She also serves as the Student Coordinator for membership with Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study and the Center for Object Relations.