Sonya Knudson, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Location: White Bear Lake

Biography – “I am a psychologist who works hard to create trust on which we can build a therapeutic relationship together. “

I am a psychologist who works hard to create trust on which we can build a therapeutic relationship together. It is a privilege to work with each of my clients, and I am committed to partnering with you in a manner that feels comfortable and helpful to you.

I envision psychotherapy as a journey embarked on by therapist and client in which I will walk alongside you to guide and support you in the pursuit of your treatment goals and whole-person wellness. Along the way, we will examine how your life experiences and mental health symptoms may be interfering with your ability to live an authentic life that feels fulfilling and connected with your values.

I have the expertise and training to enjoy working with clients of all ages, including children (ages 5 and older), adolescents, adults, couples, and families. My areas of specialty include: anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma/PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction and chemical dependency, attachment, personality disorders, life transitions, and relationship issues.

My diverse clinical background includes experience working in an inpatient psychiatric facility, a therapeutic day school, community mental health centers, and residential addiction treatment. I utilize a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy.

I also conduct psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults to answer a variety of referral questions, including intellectual assessment, diagnostic clarification, and to assist with difficulty to progress in psychotherapy.

In addition to my clinical work, I serve as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, and I am a supervising psychologist in the APA-Accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship Training program at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Background

  • Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.
  • APA-Accredited Clinical Internship in Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies
  • Certification of Completion, Level 1 Training, Gottman Method Couples Therapy

State of Minnesota Licensure

LP Licensure #6199

Areas of Focus

Abuse/Violence, Academic Concerns, Acute Stress, Adoption, Adolescents/Teens, Alcoholism/Chemical Addiction/Recovery, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Borderline Personality, Children of Alcoholics, Christian Counseling, Conflict Resolution, Couples, Crisis Intervention, Depression/Mood Disorders, Domestic Abuse, Dysfunctional Families, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Infertility/Abortion Recovery, LGBTQ/Gender Issues, Men's/Women's Issues, Military/Vets/Deployment, Pregnancy/Post-Partum Depression, PTSD/Trauma, Rape/Sexual Abuse/Prostitution, Step Families, Suicide