Sonia St John-James
44 Dartford Road
Entance: Holly Bush Road Opposite Rafferty's
The therapeutic process is a unique experience to every client and their therapist. Therapy can help couples/individuals in many ways - your body and mind have a way of alerting you 'something is not quite right,' I help my clients ascertain the root of the difficulty and then what they might like to do to rectify the issue. Sometimes one is 'feeling too much' on other occasions people are not feeling anything - both can be equally problematic.
I specialise in minimising the use of maladaptive defences whilst regulating anxiety to access and experience a full array of adaptive feelings. I show clients how they are personally using defences to regulate their various inhibitory anxieties (worry, guilt, shame, panic) which rise in the face of particular thoughts, feelings and behaviours - together with guidance and support I increase clients understanding of the dynamic relationship between these entities to bring about a greater harmony and balance as you learn to understand your own unconscious workings to achieve a better mental and emotions equilibrium consciously.
For some individuals therapy has a specific focus, for others, there is a goal and for others still, it has a more general purpose. It may be an event that occurred in during childhood, an ongoing event or one that will/may occur in the future. It might be to do with something you witnessed happening to another person or directly to yourself. Either way, the opportunity to talk candidly with someone unconnected and impartial is frequently the very first therapeutic relief experienced and this can be quickly experienced in the first assessment session alone.
I will be on your side and work to understand your position as I support you towards a greater sense of emotional health and control. I promise all clients my honest throughout the work. I am a fully qualified and experienced EMDR therapist (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) accelerating the brain's ability to process triggers and subsequent traumas (eg stress, anxiety, recurring depression, road traffic accidents, traumatic birth, sexual abuse, burglary, being robbed at gun/knife point, phobias, feeling 'stuck' and unable to ' move on'). EMDR is evidence based and has at least ten inter/national guideline recommendations for the treatment of PTSD.
Training, qualifications & experience
Completed training EMDR Europe Accredited Training Programme, 2012 MSc in Therapeutic Counselling, 2010; Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2007; Introduction to Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, 2006; BSc Hons in Psychology, 1994;
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fully trained in EMDR and working towards accreditation.
Initial assessment (face to face) - £100
Initial assessment (phone) - £80
Session 50-60 minutes - £80
Session 1.5 hour - £120
All payments to be made in advance of the session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I mainly see clients on a Friday and some Sunday mornings
Types of client