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Dr Sonia Pillai

Counselling Psychologist, PSI

Dr Sonia Pillai

Dr Sonia Pillai

Sonia specialises in:

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Depression
  • Existential issues
  • Identity exploration
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma

Sonia’s Experience

Sonia (she/her) has worked in inpatient and community settings with people spanning ages 8 to 98. Her doctoral training in Ireland involved working in HSE CAMHS and adult mental health services, supporting people with complex mental health difficulties. She also has experience in the area of psycho-oncology, where she worked therapeutically with cancer patients at different stages of their cancer journey, and has published research exploring cancer distress from an emotion-focused therapy framework. Prior to doctoral training, Sonia spent three years working in medical and research settings with people coping with anxiety, depression, and neuro-behavioural disorders. She is also certified in supporting survivors of sexual violence.

A humanistic therapist at heart, Sonia’s way of working is fundamentally based upon person-centred principles and human rights, with a focus on creating a supportive therapeutic alliance. Sessions integrate elements of evidence-based therapies such as emotion-focused therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Sonia also has experience conducting group therapy with adults and teenagers using the Unified Protocol treatment. She values inclusivity and social justice, and has a special interest in working with people who are part of systemically marginalized communities.

Sonia’s Qualifications & Education

Sonia is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She completed a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in Trinity College Dublin, following a Master of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Psychology and Communication.

Sonia works with: 

  • Adults & Teens (age 15+) 


Please note that this is only a snapshot of the issues Sonia works with. Please fill out the contact form on this page for further enquiries.

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