Welcome to my website
Hello, I'm Sonia Neale, author, freelance writer, former ABC720 Perth radio spot writer and presenter, married mother of three and Peer Support Worker for a non-government organisation in Western Australia. At the moment, as of December 2013, I am re-writing most of my website to highlight mental health awareness and education focussing on Borderline Personality Disorder. Please bear with me as I update with new articles, link in with my Psych Central BPD blog and keep you informed of new developments within the peer sector workforce.
Part of my peer support work involves public speaking and I do talks, presentations and workshops on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) from both a professional point of view and a lived experience.
Since coming out with this diagnosis, which is mired in emotional dysregulation issues, I have had major support and validation from many different and diverse mental health professionals and organisations. My passion for all things BPD involves education, information, personal experience, humour, self-reflection, insight, health, exercise, mindfulness, a life finally well-lived and what recovery for me looks like.
Along with my husband I enjoy yoga, bike-riding, jogging, lake walks, bush-hiking, mountain trekking, photography, reading, writing and gardening. So far we have climbed the hills around the Perth region, tramped all over New Zealand including the Routeburn Track and are seriously contemplating Everest Base Camp in 2015. Before I became involved in mental health I was emotionally invested in my three children and spent many happy years talking about family issues on radio and wrote two books to complement my stories.
My two books, The Bad Mother's Revenge and Death by Teenager were originally published by ABC Books (now Harper Collins) and are for sale as e-books through Amazon, Angus and Robertson, Borders and Kobo (see left hand side of screen) and from the Apple iStore application.
I also write a therapy blog centred on Borderline Personality Disorder called "Therapy Unplugged" on Psych Central, created by John Grohol Psych PhD, the internet's largest and oldest independent mental health network, providing reliable, trusted information and self-help support communities since 1994.
Feel free to contact me about my public speaking, presentations, workshops, books, BPD therapy blog, life, the Universe or anything else.
February Book of the Month - The Versace Sisters
I love discovering new authors and their books.
Last week, after a hernia repair operation the month before, I had a wound breakdown and a collection of fluid behind the wound formed a sinus tract to the surface and chose the most inopportune moment to split and burst. One and a half litres of haemoserous fluid burst out and onto the pavement where I was standing waving goodbye to my nerdy, socially phobic sixteen year old son on the first day of his last year at High School.
January Book of the Month - 11.22.63
After trying to get into a very lackluster book with cardboard cut-out characters, I gave up and downloaded (we don’t buy books anymore) Stephen King’s latest offering 11.22.63 (or as we say in Australia 22.11.63) and discovered even more one dimensional characters.
It’s not a patch on the first ten books he wrote, destined to become classics. But as always read it for yourself, and don’t just take my opinion for gospel. In short, it’s a story of sliding doors. If you could go back in time and change the course of history would you?
My Blog - The Release of Yoga
I used to think yoga was far too esoteric and inaccessible to the average mortal and so I never explored this possibility but undoubtedly the best thing I have ever done for myself is invest money, motivation, time and effort into trying it to see if it would work. I don’t try to understand the difficult philosophies or the history behind it; I simply tried it and found that it helped me cope with the grind of daily life by calming my brain and chilling me out.
My Blog - The Games We Play
I had to punish my youngest son the other day, for being continually rude to his father, and seeing as how a good whack to the back of the head is now considered politically, socially, psychologically and morally incorrect, I decided instead to cut off his oxygen supply and reason for living - by disconnecting the computer modem and taking it to work with me.