About Sonya

A Relational Philosophy

I have been working with systemic (relational) principles since 1995 when I completed an MSc in Human Resource Development, followed by a PG Diploma in Systemic Management in 2000. My professional background has been as a learning consultant, systemic coach and group facilitator in the public and not-for-profit health and social care sectors. In these roles I developed a range of learning methods and creative approaches for working with groups, teams and individuals. From 2003-2010 I pioneered an innovative coaching programme for Black and minority ethnic (BAME) employees across a number of public sector organisations.

Beginning to Follow the Ancestral Path

I had been on a personal healing journey for a long time, but it was only when I realised that I was on an 'ancestral path' in 2011, that I began talking with my parents in more depth.  I began family research starting with a letter that my uncle wrote to my mother in 1979 detailing their ancestry and I began returning to Guyana to reconnect with family members.

In 2014 I had a consultation with Malidoma Some, African diviner and author of Dagara Heritage.  In January 2016, I went on a month-long healing study tour to his hometown Dano in Burkina Faso, West Africa. It turned into an introduction to the ancestors and a connection to African 'other ways-of-knowing'.  After a DNA test, (even though it is not an exact science) I travelled to Ghana and Benin in 2018 to find out more about my ancestral past. I consulted with local healers and took part in rituals and ceremonies that reconnected me to my African roots.

Modern 'Griot' Storying

Following the ancestral path on a deeper level, I have learnt about African approaches to illness, healing and mental health.  There is a role that spiritual diviners and shamanic healers play in supporting the health of families and communities and the Ancestral Constellations approach draws on this.  Specialising in transgenerational  healing, the vision is to re-connect people who are interested in ancestral traditions to their family lineage, using family research and relational practices like systemic constellations.  These are then adapted as a form of modern-day Griot storying and Re-Membering of African oral traditions and practices.

Qualifications

MSc Human Resource Development
PG Diploma-Systemic Management
PG Diploma-Mental Health Nursing
Professional Coaching Certification (NLP)
Advanced Systemic Constellations Training

Services

Individual Personal Consultations
Small Group Witness Meetings
Workshops and Learning Circles
Training Courses and Programmes
Ancestral Family Research

Current Interests

Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice, Institute of Social Research, University of Bedfordshire, UK.  Research into Ancestral family practice and Caribbean Diaspora mental health and wellbeing

Next Steps…

If you would like to find out more about how my services can benefit you please contact me.

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