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Sonder Helps People to Find New Ways to Cope with Trauma

Sonder helps people to find new ways to cope with trauma

Mental health and alcohol and other drugs services provider, Sonder announces the launch of new program, COPE. The unique, integrated treatment program is funded by Country SA PHN (Primary Health Network) and helps people who experience PTSD to manage memories about their trauma, without the use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

The program is made up of 12 individual, 60-90 minute appointments and is recommended for people who have current PTSD symptoms that cause significant distress or interfere with their ability to function.

Clients receive treatment specifically tailored to their symptoms through appointments each week, with the same Clinician.

“Our friendly and professional Clinicians work with clients to specifically address the way their trauma symptoms and substance use interact,” said Andrea Gregory, Sonder Clinical Lead.

“Together, they set goals for the client’s treatment and the client learns new techniques to manage memories about trauma, as well as some coping skills to manage cravings and thoughts about using alcohol or drugs,” she added.

“COPE is unique in that clients can receive support for both their PTSD and substance use through the one service provider, making it easier and more convenient for clients to seek treatment and take steps towards improving their health and wellbeing,” said Sageran Naidoo, Sonder CEO.

“The program is designed for people who live in the Gawler-Barossa region, delivered at our office in Nuriootpa, by a team of highly skilled and experienced Mental Health Clinicians, including Psychologists, Mental Health Accredited Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses.”

The team has extensive experience in treating mental health concerns such as PTSD and substance use concerns.


To be eligible for COPE, clients must:

  • Live in the Gawler Barossa region;
  • Be prepared to attend 12 in-person appointments;
  • Have experienced a traumatic experience and use substances to cope and;
  • Be over the age of 16.

How to access the service

To get started with COPE, clients need to visit their GP and request a Mental Health Treatment Plan.

For detailed information on how to access a Mental Health Treatment Plan, visit sonder.net.au/steps-to-getting-a-mental-health-treatment-plan

To learn more about the program, visit sonder.net.au/programs/cope or call (08) 8209 0700 to chat to one of Sonder’s friendly team members.