About Sonya

I have been working with systemic principles since 1995 after completing a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development and in 2000 a Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Practice.

For over thirty years I have built a professional development career encompassing the roles of learning consultant, systemic coach, group facilitator and mediator.

I am committed to transgenerational health, especially as it impacts BIPOC communities. I continue to work with health and social care providers as an independent consultant.

This photo was taken in Benin, West Africa. During the Transatlantic Slave Trade, many Africans were made to walk around the tree in an act of forgetting. Now the Black Diaspora are returning in an act of RE-Membering!

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Personal and Professional Journeys

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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.

I am part of a growing number of people who are 'searching for roots!' Ancestral Constellations remains an emergent process. In many ways, my professional constellations practice has been a parallel process to my personal ancestral journey.

In 2014 I had a consultation with Malidoma Some, Dagara Elder, diviner, writer and author.  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 ancestral path and a connection to African 'other ways of knowing'.

I decided to pursue my family search and after a DNA test, I travelled to Ghana and Benin in 2018 to find out more about slavery and my ancestral past. I consulted with local healers and took part in rituals and ceremonies that reconnected me to my African roots and a deeper understanding of cultural traditions.

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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, my 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 Independent research into African ancestral traditions Transgenerational trauma in African Diaspora family life Development of an African centered practice

Next Steps…

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