I’m Sunny, Sonnische or as some call me, Dr Shielagh. This blog supports my psychotherapy practice as well as offering some of the things I find of interest to share along the journey. I’m a clinical psychologist working with individuals motivated to set and achieve life goals, realize projects, goals and dreams, and clear roadblocks from becoming the most they can be in this life.
It has been my honor to work with women and men devastated by the after-effects of abusive childhoods and other early life trauma, as well as first responders, veterans and others traumatized as adults. Intensive treatment really works, but it takes time and commitment from all involved. The anxiety disorders, and especially OCD, can be crippling, and when the symptoms ease, usually by a combination of talk therapy and the right medication (prescribed by colleagues of mine; I do not prescribe), the relief can be miraculous. As a Buddhist, one of my goals is to work to alleviate suffering, and in my clinical practice it is rewarding to see suffering ease for my clients quite frequently.
This blog also speaks to my Buddhist practice and life choices that reflect it, as well as those that do not, as one walking on the path toward learning and growth, one day at a time. My daily meditation practice informs my life view and helps me to remain fully present, mindful and attentive as I listen to the painful narratives of those tormented by their traumas or intense anxiety, so necessary for them to express for resolution and healing to occur.
During COVID I earned certification as an end-of-life doula to assist the dying and their loved ones and caregivers to prepare for and navigate their passing.