Mental Health Counseling @ URU Yoga Gulf Breeze

Kamie Larson & Sonja Rodgerson

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Kamie Larson @ URU Yoga Gulf Breeze

Philosophy

Play, laughter and connection are the essential ingredients to create joy in our lives.  Through the joy of movement and play, we can heal ourselves and thrive. During the most difficult hardships in my life, movement, humor and play have restored me to peace and sanity. As a lover of people and animals, I have witnessed the healing power of play and connection in both species. Therefore, I choose to use play therapy, and animal assisted psychotherapy techniques in helping people heal. 

Therapeutic Methods

My therapeutic methods and philosophies are resiliency-based, experiential, child-centered, developmental, relational, and humanistic.  My objective is to achieve connection, empowerment and thriving for my clients and their families. 

As a trained generalist clinical social worker my credo is: “start where the client is,” to provide the most appropriate interventions in my mental health toolbox based on the client’s age, preferences, and particular needs.

Experience

I began working in the counseling field in 1994, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011.   In 2016, I made the decision to give back to the field of social work by mentoring beginning therapists as a Qualified Clinical Supervisor.   Since that time, I have transitioned 5 Registered Clinical Social Worker Interns into Licensed Clinical Social Workers.  

Education

  • Bachelors in Social Work from University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Masters in Social Work (Clinical) from Florida State University

Certifications

  • Grief counseling 
  • Certified Clinical Trauma professional
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Counseling Military Populations
  • Yoga for Mental Health
  • Mental Health Telehealth Practitioner
  • Registered Play Therapist – In Progress
  • Animal Assisted play Therapy – In Progress

Specializations: Children, Families, and Trauma

Children

  • childhood anxiety
  • infant mental health 
  • gifted children
  • sensitive children
  • children with special needs 
  • ADHD
  • sensory issues
  • social skills
  • building resilience and coping skills

Families

  • child-parent and family relationships
  • divorce/separation
  • addiction in families
  • military family life 
  • mindfulness 
  • coping with life transitions

Trauma

  • grief
  • sexual trauma
  • domestic violence
  • medical trauma

My co-therapist, Chief, is a 5 year old rescue Golden Retriever who has a true gift in helping people feel loved, nurtured and safe. His gentle approach and peaceful demeanor are legendary. Chief has achieved his American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification and his PetPartners Therapy Dog skills. Chief is often available to assist in sessions by client request. 

Sonja Rodgerson @ URU Yoga Gulf Breeze

PHILOSOPHY

With all that is happening in our world today, it is likely that you have, at times, felt anxious and overwhelmed.  While this is certainly normal, it is not necessary to cope with these challenges alone.  I believe that we as humans have within us the power to heal.  At times, however, due to the pressures of life, we lose our ability to do so alone and need some support and guidance in this process.  This is where a therapeutic relationship can be tremendously helpful.  I use an integrative approach to counseling, working in partnership with my clients to guide them on the path to healing.    

I have worked extensively with children and adolescents on issues such as academic challenges, social skills, communication and anxiety.  In addition, I have worked extensively with families, providing guidance in managing parenting challenges during childhood and adolescence.  Other areas that I have worked extensively with include anxiety, depression and grief, as well as relationship challenges and life transitions.  

EDUCATION

I received my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of West Florida.

LICENSURE

I am dual-licensed in the state of Florida as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MT3370) and a Mental Health Counselor (MH6154).  

CERTIFICATIONS/TRAININGS

-Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

-Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

-Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CCATP)

-Certificate of Evidence Based Non-Medical Counseling Strategies For Military Populations 

*Military Culture

*Solution-Focused Therapy

*Motivational Interviewing

-EMDR Trained

-Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy

-Mindfulness Certificate Course For Treating Kids and Teens:  Interventions For ADHD, Anxiety, Trauma, Emotional Regulation and More

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sonja.Rodgerson@Gmail.com

850-377-1677