Dr. Sonya Lorelle Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4906 ext. 4906
  Office Location: G326
  Office Hours:

Tuesday 11-12 and 3-4 and Thursday 12-4


  College: COE

My favorite part of teaching at GSU is working with the students. In class, the diversity of perspectives and experiences students bring in always offers the opportunity for invigorating conversations about topics we are all passionate about.  It is exciting to witness the development of students as they grow personally and professionally.  

I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University and my M.S. in Community Agency Counseling from Missouri State University. I am a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and North Carolina. My clinical experience began with students at a university counseling center.  During this time, I provided group and individual counseling and developed and presented educational workshops on topics such as stress and time management, long distant relationships, and adult children of divorce. Later, I worked as the children’s counselor at an agency that provided services to homeless families. I worked with children ages 3-18 and their parents. I also developed and implemented adult education programs on parenting. During this time I completed my training in play therapy and earned my registered play therapist credential. I have interests in play therapy, couples therapy, supervision, and neurobiology applications in the counseling field.   

I also have an interest in international counseling and have volunteered to train and provide counseling overseas.  I am Master Trainer of the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program through NBCC.  During two trips to Bhutan, I provided counseling services and training at an alternative high school and an elementary school.  I also provided a week-long workshop on MHF to lay helpers in the country.  I intend to return for a three month stay to continue my volunteer work there in a psychiatric hospital.

To view Dr. Lorelle's Vitae, click here.