Sonya Tsakalakis

Sonya is a bibliotherapist trained by The School of Life in Melbourne, using literature for healing and personal wellbeing.

Sonya currently practises privately as The Literary Hand, partnering with various agencies including residential aged care, public libraries, and mental health services to create and deliver shared reading circles to people with differing abilities and ages. 
From her experience in aged care, Sonya has observed how vivifying and powerful reading aloud is for participants, as it confers cognitive stimulation, emotional exploration and meaningful social engagement.
Sonya's book, co-written with Sydney bibliotherapist, Germaine Leece, Reading the Seasons was published last year by Thames & Hudson.