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About Us

At Tea House Therapy our approach is highly personalized. We integrate innovative, evidence-based techniques to help clients achieve powerful change.When we work with couples, we employ interventions that have been developed from more than 40 years of research with many thousands of couples—the most extensive body of scholarship ever done on marital stability.

Our Founder

Sonia started Tea House Therapy in 2018 with one goal in mind,

To help individuals, couples and families improve their ability to relate to themselves and each other to create healthy and satisfying relationships.

She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with Distinction from the University of the West Indies (Mona) and is the only Gottman Level 3 trained Clinical Psychologist in the Caribbean. The Gottman Model provides evidenced based approaches to developing “Masters” of intimate relationships.

In addition to her work and leadership at Tea House Therapy, Sonia occasionally provides therapy at Family Life Ministries.

Throughout her career as a Psychologist, she has provided meaningful interventions to individuals, couples and also groups in local and international settings.

Sonia has enjoyed a satisfying marriage to Brian for over 20 years and they have two young adult daughters.


We hope it is a priority to make the changes in your life that create the life you want to live. We are here six days a week to help you get there. Call us today. – Sonia

Meet The Team

Shelleka Matthews

Associate Clinical Psychologist

Shelleka Matthews is a Registered Associate Clinical Psychologist here at Tea House Therapy.

A graduate of the University of the West Indies, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Social Policy and a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology. Shelleka is also Level II Trained in Gottman Couples Method.

She has been working in the field of psychology for close to a decade and has a passion for helping clients meet their self-determined goals. Shelleka believes that the process of therapy is dynamic and clients are best served by creating a safe environment where they feel comfortable to challenge themselves in order to meet their goals.

Shelleka primarily works with adults and couples on a broad range of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, premarital counseling, interpersonal dynamics, conflict resolution, enhancing communication skills, and overall personal development (e.g. assertiveness training, setting boundaries, developing self-esteem, coping skills development, and behaviour modification).

Jehan White

Associate Clinical Psychologist

Jehan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Licensed Associate Clinical Psychologist at Tea House Therapy.

Her intention within therapy is to collaboratively meet clients where they are at and to share their stories.

Often we lose our voice feeling unseen and unheard by others and ourselves. Therefore, she is constantly seeking the opportunity to remain attuned and share compassion for those who are seeking connection and healing.

After completing her Masters Degree from Trinity Western University in Canada, she has been practicing Psychotherapy for over eight years.

Jehan primarily works with teenagers, families and adults on a broad range of issues including (but not limited to) trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, fertility, grief, suicidality, emotional regulation and addictions.

She invites you to come and share your journey in a non-judgmental space and work together with her to develop your voice and seek deeper relationships within your life.

Zonya Rodney

Associate Clinical Psychologist (S)

Zonya is an Associate Clinical Psychologist (S) and Mindfulness Coach and has a passion for helping people navigate the stress, challenges and complexities of being human.

Instead of seeing psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety as evidence that someone is broken or in need of fixing, she views them as pretty wise messengers telling us that something in our lives needs to be acknowledged and attended to with curiosity, calmness, courage and compassion.

No matter our age, education level or status in life, we all need to talk to someone outside of family, friends or church at times. And because she’s benefited tremendously from speaking to wise, skilled therapists when she’s felt out of sorts & uncertain & not quite her usual self, it is now her absolute joy to be able to provide a non-judgemental listening ear and to help you understand and manage your thoughts and emotions much more skill-fully, so that you can become far more relaxed, contented and at ease with yourself, your relationships and with life in general.

Zonya looks forward to helping you use the present crisis or challenge in your life as an opportunity to connect the dots in your past and create a pathway of new possibilities for your future.

Tara Armour

Associate Clinical Psychologist (S)

Tara is an Associate Clinical Psychologist (S) here at Tea House Therapy and also works with not-for-profit organisations to provide mental health support in communities in need. She has studied and trained all over the world and therefore has a culturally sensitive approach to individual treatment.

Tara recognises that every person has unique experiences which can cause distress but also build resiliency and strength. She believes that mental health is just as important as our physical health and wants to help you better understand yourself and your strengths to use the tools you already have within you to cope with the stressors of life.

Shanna Miller

Associate Clinical Psychologist (S)

Shanna is a licensed Associate Clinical Psychologist (S) with an affinity for helping individuals recognise and address imminent and present psychological distress.

The unpredictable nature of life is associated with adversities of varying types- emotional, psychological, and behavioural. She assists clients to view those, sometimes tenacious, adversities as game-changing and table-turning tools that allow them to navigate and function in more desirable ways in the face of life challenges.

It is her belief that one cannot begin to expose their pain trauma or distress until they feel comfortable to do so. As such she provides a non-judgmental atmosphere where her clients’ thoughts and emotions are acknowledged, thereby encouraging candour.

She values the concepts of individuality and agency: each person is unique and help-seeking and has the right and capacity to determine the outcome they want in their lives. Accordingly, while two individuals may experience similar challenges, every intervention is personalised and developed in collaboration with the client.

The path we choose may not always lead us to the place we want but it may lead us to the placewe need. Come see us at Tea House Therapy!

Patrice Oberli

Associate Clinical Psychologist (S)

Hi I am Patricia Oberli, Tea House Therapy’s “Auntie Pat”.  I bring to the team, 40 years’ experience in Administration and Human Resources Management, and 5 years practice as a Licensed Counseling Psychologist.  I returned to Jamaica in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Nichols State University in Louisiana, as well as clinical experience gained in grief and trauma counseling for children. The university offers service to the school population and the surrounding communities and I had the opportunity for supervised counseling in areas from career guidance to substance abuse and suicide.

My license to practice was obtained from the Counsel for Professions Supplementary to Medicine in 2020, and I have been working in private practice, providing care for persons experiencing issues from anxiety to schizophrenia.  I enjoy working with a diverse population, and while I specialize in anxiety and depression, I am licensed for general practice so all are welcome.

My preferred therapeutic modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because I believe that behavior can be changed, by changing the way we think about a particular situation or event.  CBT allows for a collaborative relationship towards mental health, so let us work together for positive change and good mental health.

Cheryl Cohen

Associate Clinical Psychologist (S)

I am Cheryl, an Associate Clinical Psychologist. My passion is to help individuals
shed their fears, heal from trauma and manage distress.
My clinical focus includes psychological assessments and the treatment of
emotional problems including depression, anxiety, grief, motivation, self-esteem,
relationship and personality issues. I utilize an individualized approach by
creating a safe, non-judgemental space where clients can be emotionally
supported as they resolve their conflicts.

If you have experienced rejection, loss, trauma, and severe life stressors or feel
shame and guilt about the past, then it’s understandable to feel lonely,
misunderstood or weighed down with feelings of sadness and anxiety. I believe
through a working partnership we can utilize your strengths in order to work
through your challenges and achieve your goals.
I’m looking forward to meet with you!

Tifania Vassell-Hamilton

Associate Clinical Psychologist (S)

Tifania Vassell-Hamilton pursued her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the Northern Caribbean University. After graduating, her childhood aspiration of becoming a teacher led her to the University of Technology, Jamaica, where she obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in Education with a focus on tertiary education in 2014. Driven by her love for people and desire for personal growth, Tifania returned to the University of Technology, Jamaica, obtaining an MSc. in Trauma Studies and Integrative Counselling in 2018.

Tifania sees counselling as a collaborative and confidential process aimed at helping individuals explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviors. It also helps them to develop strategies to cope with challenges, improve their well-being, and achieve personal goals. She believes it should be a safe and supportive environment where clients can gain insight into themselves, develop skills for managing stress and emotions, and work towards positive change. Through empathetic listening, validation, and evidence-based interventions clients can be empowered to explore their strengths, overcome obstacles, and live more fulfilling lives.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Tifania finds joy in exploring nature, spending time with loved ones, and watching Korean dramas. She nurtures her passion for reading and caring for her plant collection.

Tifania looks forward to meeting you.

Stasha Leon Maragnes

Associate Clinical Psychologist (S)

Hi! I’m Stasha Leon Maragnes and I am glad you came here to take care of yourself! I am an Associate Clinical Psychologist here at Tea House. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy complemented by other therapeutic modalities that are tailored to my clients’ needs. Whilst I take a scientific approach to therapy, I do recognize the importance of a holistic view of wellness. This encompasses fostering meaningful human connections, both with oneself and others, promoting proper nutrition and diet, connecting with nature, and respecting the spirituality defined by each client’s unique perspective.

Guided by the principles of caring, purpose, and service, I warmly welcome you into a therapeutic space characterized by kindness, patience, and positive regard. I am genuinely passionate about listening to my clients’ concerns and collaboratively working with them to find solutions. I believe that sometimes the simplest interventions, like providing a listening ear and a non-judgemental posture can help my clients express themselves and feel supported. This can be the catalyst for positive change and the realization of other goals.

I am multilingual (proficient in English, Jamaican Patois, French, and conversational Spanish) and also multicultural. My Jamaican heritage, combined with over a decade of residence in Caribbean francophone countries, enriches my diverse experiences and academic qualifications. I look forward to working with you on your journey to well-being.

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