Dr. Sonya L. Ford has a warm, empathic, and passionate personality. A dynamic and energetic public speaker, she is also a staunch advocate for the mental health and school counseling professions. Dr. Sonya is an author, professor, counselor, and blogger; providing inspirational messages to all.
Dr. Sonya earned her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University, Master of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate of Education from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She holds two Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling and Teaching in Higher Education. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor.
Dr. Sonya is a member of several other organizations. Dr. Sonya is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America, and a member of the Kiwanis. She has been a presenter and keynote speaker at a variety of local, state, national, and international educational workshops and conferences. She received the 2004 Maryland School Counselor Association Elementary School Counselor of the Year award and the 2014 Maryland School Counselor Association Middle School Counselor of the Year Award. She was nominated for the 2011 ASCA American School Counselor of the Year Award. Dr. Sonya was a Semi-finalist for the 2015 ASCA American School Counselor of the Year and was honored at the White House by First Lady, Michelle Obama. Dr. Sonya served a three-year term on the Advisory Team for the National Office of School Counselor Advocacy. Dr. Sonya served on the Advisory Council for the Bowie State University, College of Education, Department of Counseling. She served on the Executive Board for the Maryland School Counselor Association. Dr. Sonya was also the Chairperson of the Charles County Commission for Women, where she hosted a local television talk show - W.E. (Women's Empowerment) Matters.
Dr. Sonya began her career in broadcasting. She worked in radio as a traffic reporter, producer, and on-air personality for more than twenty years in the Washington, D.C. area. During her tenure in radio, Dr. Sonya produced the Tom Joyner Morning Show and hosted DC Sunday, a weekly radio program, on WHUR-FM. Dr. Sonya co-hosted a nationally syndicated radio show entitled “Family Affair”on HUR Voices on Sirius/XM Channel 141. In addition, she has done voice-over work and has been an “extra” in both television and film. She has also appeared on Washington, D.C. area talk shows as a guest therapist/expert on a variety of mental health related topics.
Having spent the majority of her life in service to others, Dr. Sonya continues to provide motivation and inspiration through her community service and writings - including blogs, poetry, and books (Love Yourself First Everyday, Sometimes Love, & And Another Thing). Dr. Sonya continues to write daily.
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