Sonya Farrell, BSc (Hons), UKCP (Accred), EMDR UK (Accred), MBACP, EAGALA

Sonya Farrell, BSc (Hons), UKCP (Accred), EMDR UK (Accred), MBACP, EAGALA

Bridge Road Surgery
1a Bridge Road
Oulton Broad
NR32 3LJ

1 Station Cottage
Station Road
NR34 0BY

07824 380369

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Bridge Road Surgery
1a Bridge Road
Oulton Broad
NR32 3LJ

1 Station Cottage
Station Road
NR34 0BY

07824 380369

About me

I am a qualified advanced counsellor & trauma therapist, I work with an integrative approach incorporating the 3 main schools of thought, working with the past, present and future where appropriate.
I have 15 years experience working with adults and adolescents in private practice, G.P. practices and an addiction agency.  I have also managed a counselling charity with 20 staff and orgainised various trainings.

I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) combined with integrative psychotherapy, please see the information below for EMDR. Mainly used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including sexual abuse and phobias.

I am accredited with UKCP & EMDR Europe and a full member of BACP (The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) I am on the accreditted voluntary register (AVR) & a EAGALA member.

I have a separate room at home where I see private clients.

Please contact me for any further information between 8am - 7pm.

Training, qualifications & experience

EMDR Parts 1-4 Certificate, accredited Practitioner
EMDR Complex Trauma Certificate
EMDR - Pain Control
EMDR - RTEP (Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol)
EMDR Consultant Training
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling (MATRIX)
Advanced Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy - Richard Erskine
Certificate in Supervision (MATRIX)
Post grad. Advanced Diploma & Diploma Integrative Counselling (MATRIX)
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling - Ipswich Concern counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate in Group Work
Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing.
Certificate in Gambling Counselling - GAMCARE
EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association) Part 1 & 2
Numerous certificates in Addiction & harm minimisation.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of psychotherapy that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.  Used mainly for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions.  Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically, and in a 1989 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma.  Since then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.


No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain.  However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed.

Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information.  Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind.  You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.  Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. One philosophy is that EMDR unlocks negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system and  reconnects neural pathways.


During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session.  The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event.  The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain (tapping or bilateral music), while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content.  Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one ’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.”  During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.


One or more sessions are required to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment.  I will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the method.

Once we have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin.  A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes.  The type of problem, life circumstances, and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.

I use EMDR in conjunction with Integrative Psychotherapy.


Controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients.  Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety.  The current National Institute of Health & Clinical Excel lance (N.I.C.E.E) treatment guidelines for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) recommends EMDR as an effective treatment. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies.  Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.  Further information can be found through EMDR UK & Ireland;


Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

* personality disorders

* eating disorders

* panic attacks

* performance anxiety

* complicated grief

* stress reduction

* dissociative disorders

* addictions

* disturbing memories

* sexual and/or physical abuse

* phobias

* body dysmorphic disorders

* Pain Management

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£ 50 per 50 minutes counselling session ( £50 per hour supervision)

£ 60 per hour EMDR session /  £ 90 for 1.5 hours EMDR

£ 60 per hour couple therapy.

Further information

Supervision available for counsellors/therapists.

I also have a small 'Pets As Therapy' dog called Foxy who can join us if required!

Maps & Directions

Lowestoft, NR32 3LJ
Beccles, NR34 0BY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have extensive experience & would be happy to discuss your supervision needs, please contact me on  07824 380369 or e-mail me.

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