Sonja Ware is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and a Coach Trainer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA).
She has experience in coaching individuals as well as groups, focusing on leadership coaching and organizational consulting for nonprofit and volunteer organizations, life coaching, and end of life coaching, including grief coaching.
Sonja Ware has received Coaching Training with CoachNet (ACC level) and Coaching at the End of Life (PCC level).
Sonja Ware has received extensive training in Psychodynamic Theory at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP), where she graduated in 2022 from Academic Track of the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program. In her coaching, she listens with a psychodynamically trained ear, sensitive for unconscious processes as well as transference-countertransference dynamics.
In 2019, Sonja completed a Balint Group Leadership Training Intensive with the American Balint Society and currently co-leads Balint Groups at PCOP every year. She also participates actively in one of the very few Balint Groups for Clergy in the US.
Sonja Ware is a Pastor on the roster of the ELCA, and has successfully facilitated a four church merger. Sonja's ministry focus has been working with congregations that are in transition, feel stuck in any way, or experience conflict, and offering congregants a process to discover their unique purpose in a drastically changing society.
Sonja grew up in Germany and has been living in the US since 2005. She is fluent both in German and in English and has coaching experience in both languages and countries. She has basic conversational skills in Spanish.
In her coaching, she offers a particular sensitivity to unconscious currents, either within group dynamics or individuals, as well as cultural or religious diversity.