Hi. I’m Diana Sonne. I’m a Certified Counselor in Washington State.  My specialties are working with children, adolescents and their parents.

Some of my specific skills that relate directly to working with parents and families are:

  • Certified child and adolescent mental health specialist;

  • Coach and provider of SafeCare;

  • 14 years in-patient child and adolescent mental health counselor;

  • 21 years as a contracted therapist working CPS cases;

  • Certified mediator;

  • Training in behavior modification through individualized programs for children and adolescents;

  • Parent coaching;

  • Therapy for children, adolescents and their families.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University and have also taken extensive post graduate classes, workshops and seminars.

I worked in a hospital psychiatric setting for children and adolescents for 14 years, providing individual, group and family therapy. After that, for 21 years, I provided Family Preservation Services with a focus on areas such as communication, anger management, mediation, conflict resolution, decision making, effective parenting, stress management and coping, behavior modification, organization, time management, family dynamics and community resources. Additionally, I completed training to provide the evidence-based practice Project SafeCare, which addressed the needs of parents with children, ages 0-5 in the areas of parent child interaction as well as health and safety instruction. Also, I provided quality assurance and supervision to many clinicians providing a variety of in-home and telehealth counseling and parent skill building services. I am the author a program, LifeSteps, designed for children and adolescents, as well as their parents. The program teaches a variety of skills that address issues of emotional health, interactive relationships, empathetic responses and communication skills. Some colleagues have used some of the content in their work and I used it extensively in my practice.

Through my studies and experience I have learned to utilize a balance between knowledge, intuition and creativity to provide services that meet my client's individual and family needs while building on their strengths.