Sonya Schwartzer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, joined Livingston HealthCare
in March of 2017. After obtaining a degree in Family Science from Montana
State University, Sonya attended Walla Walla University in Billings, getting
her Masters of Social Work in 2005.
Despite first entering college as a Computer Science major, Sonya was immediately
interested in human development, and knew she wanted to get into social work.
"I was so interested in how humans work, how our brains work, and
how development early on in life can affect us later in life, so it opened
the door for me," Sonya says.
Before joining Livingston HealthCare, Sonya worked at the Yellowstone Boys
and Girls Ranch (YBGR) from 2003 to 2017, first as a Behavior Specialist
and then as a therapist. Her time at YBGR allowed her to realize what
she truly enjoyed about her profession, and helped her develop an approach
with patients that she is comfortable with.
"It's really important that a patient feels like they can sit
with me and be very open and honest. My approach is about meeting the
patient where they're at, finding out what's going on, what they
want to be different, and working together," Sonya says. "I'm
there to be that objective, compassionate, understanding person that they
can work through things with."
In her free time, Sonya enjoys spending time with her daughter, her dogs
and her horses.