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Sonia Dhaliwal, Psy.D., LP

Training Director, Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Department(s): Counseling and Psychological Services
Mail Code: 2005
Phone: 702-895-0562
Email: sonia.dhaliwal@unlv.edu

Biography

Dr. Sonia Dhaliwal is a Licensed Psychologist and the Director of Training of the APA accredited internship (CAPS) at UNLV. She received her graduate training at the School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, OR. She then completed her Clinical Internship at Michigan State University followed by her post-doctoral training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Dhaliwal was trained as an Emotion Focused therapist and her clinical interests lie in working with Complex Trauma within non-majority populations and running Substance Use and Eating Disorder groups. She is also passionate about issues pertaining to the experience of clinical supervision and mentorship in non-majority graduate students. In addition, Dr. Dhaliwal works closely with organizations such as the United Nations, specifically (UNHCR) in studying Trauma within non-majority populations and advocating for International Women’s Rights. In 2014, she presented a project at the UN that she had developed and completed with UNHCR.

Dr. Dhaliwal is currently also a member of the Psychologist Coalition for the United Nations (PCUN) and Chair of the Early Career Psychologists committee within Division 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) for the Mid-Western region in the United States. Dr. Dhaliwal adapts Ronnestad and Skovholt’s (2003) model to supervision, acknowledging that professional development is a life-long process and that counselor/therapist development is a complex process that requires continuous reflection. The approach to supervision is collaborative and involves strong mentorship and support to enable the integration of the professional and personal self.