Sonya Theriault, LCSW, the founder of Well Within, is a trauma therapist specializing in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques/Tapping). She has also been trained in Nonviolent Communication and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. She has taught yoga for 17 years and brings mindfulness and body-based practices into her work as a psychotherapist. Sonya received both her Bachelor’s in Social Work and her Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Southern Maine. Sonya believes that building self-compassion and acceptance are key components to recovery and wellness, and she works with clients to nurture and build these practices.
Though Sonya has received extensive training in Kundalini Yoga, she decided to focus on other styles of yoga in early 2020 after learning that the founder of Kundalini Yoga was abusive to his individual students and to the community in general, and that he may have completely made up some/many of the practices he taught. She has recently completed a training in Energy Medicine Yoga which is based on the teachings of Donna Eden and is considering a Yin teacher training in the near future. Sonya is always studying, and she has embarked on some serious self-study on cultural appropriation in yoga. She is working to incorporate these learnings into her yoga teaching. She teaches weekly online classes via Zoom and provides recordings to her students who would like to practice on their own when it is convenient for them. Sonya is committed to making yoga accessible to all and uses a pay-what-you-can business model for her yoga classes.