Meet Sonja

Sonja Sutherland is the Founder and CEO of Legacy Changers, LLC, and is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, her M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, and a B.S. in Psychology from New York University. Sonja is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).  She is also a member of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association (LPCA) of Georgia, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS).

In the field of counseling since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Sonja has provided therapeutic and supervision services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, with specializations in adolescent and adult treatment, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Sonja is also a personal and leadership development coach.

During her years in the field, Sonja has also served as a Director of Mental Health and Clinical Services for mid – large sized outpatient mental health organizations providing therapeutic intervention in the Cobb, Atlanta, and Stone Mountain areas. In this capacity, Sonja provided strategic direction, administrative oversight and accountability for clinical service provision, as well as clinical supervision for mental health professionals providing services to the community at large. Sonja has been an Adjunct Professor at Kennesaw State University, and during the last several years has been involved in ongoing training of undergraduate and master’s level students entering the field.  Sonja continues to provide clinical supervision services to clinicians pursuing licensure.

During the last 20 years, Sonja has served as a guest lecturer, trainer and conference leader for various social, civic, educational and clinical and organizations, including The National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The University of Georgia, The Foster Families Treatment Association, The Woman’s Missionary Union of New York, Elite Women of Excellence, and various local churches and mental health agencies.