Sonya Lorelle, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT

Clinical Training Director


Sonya Lorelle received her PhD in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University and her MS in Community Agency Counseling from Missouri State University. She is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. Her clinical experience began with students at a university counseling center. She worked as a children’s counselor at an agency that provided services to homeless families, serving children ages 3-18 and their parents. She also developed and implemented adult education programs on parenting. She completed her training in play therapy and earned her registered play therapist credential. Her interests include play therapy, couples therapy, supervision, and neurobiology applications in the counseling field.   

Lorelle also has an interest in international counseling and has volunteered to train counselors and provide counseling overseas. She is a Master Trainer of the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). During four trips to Bhutan, she provided counseling services and training at an alternative high school and elementary school. She also provided a week-long workshop on MHF to lay helpers in the country. She also provided inpatient and outpatient counseling in the psychiatric hospital, and provided a play therapy training to counselors at a domestic violence shelter.

She received the Counselor Educator of the Year Award for the doctoral program from the Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling in Illinois (2018) and the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Outstanding Professional Teaching Award (2018).


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