Sonja Lokhorst


Sonja Lokhorst

LPC-IT, LPCC Candidate


Sonja Lokhorst (she/her) believes in the importance of providing a personalized, caring environment to promote client awareness and change. Her belief in holistic care was shaped during her graduate studies at Adler Graduate School, which emphasized the incorporation of everything meaningful and relevant to each client. While living in northern Minnesota, Sonja partnered with horses to help humans gain a better understanding of themselves and their emotions. As a certified Trauma Professional and Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, she assisted clients in processing past traumas and building confidence while addressing mental health symptoms.

After moving to Wisconsin, Sonja transitioned to working as an Outpatient Therapist with The Emily Program. She views therapy as a tool for clients to explore and uncover their underlying self-beliefs and find purpose and meaning in their lives. Sonja meets clients where they are at and sees the therapeutic relationship as a journey alongside them, providing structure to help them move toward meaningful goals. During sessions, she allows space for creativity and vulnerability to inspire a deeper sense of understanding. Sessions typically involve an integrated therapeutic approach that is client-centered and strengths-based, drawing on concepts from Adlerian and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With her background working with and owning horses, she also incorporates movement-based and experiential therapy practices when working with clients based on their preferences.

Outside of work, Sonja enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. In the warmer months, she is typically found outdoors walking her dog, paddle boarding, or swimming. In the winter months, she enjoys various art projects and downhill skiing.  No matter the season, she spends most of her free time working with her rescue horse in the Dressage arena or relaxing on a trail ride.