Sonja Hookway (MNCS Snr Accred)
2 Page Street
I am an integrative psychotherapist, Senior Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society, and advanced trainee therapist working towards UKCP accreditation. I have worked effectively with people who have a wide range of life problems and diagnosis including (for example) stress, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, self harm, eating disorders, post-traumatic conditions, personality adaptation and relationship difficulties.
My practice is centrally located in Swansea, within easy reach of Port Talbot, Carmarthen, Bridgend and Neath.
I hold full insurance and I work within the UKCP code of Ethics.
I chose an Integrative training as I liked the idea of combining the strengths of a range of psychological therapies. The flexibility and creativity of this training made sense for me as a practitioner.
What this means for you as a potential client is that I have a depth of training that allows me to use approaches that feel best suited to your unique experience. Our initial meeting will help clarify what you would like to explore or change in therapy, and whether a counselling or psychotherapy approach is best for you. Counselling works well for the more specific problems in life; psychotherapy tends to be longer term and works with the deeper patterns that you may notice affecting you over time. I work with clients on both short term and longer term basis.
When we agree to work together, I will offer weekly 50 minute sessions, with the first 6 sessions usually forming the assessment for psychotherapy, and/or aiming to address specific immediate concerns - for example, managing acute anxiety. You may be may be more or less interested in the nuts and bolts of my tool-kit, 'how I do what I do' - and what this means for us working together. This doesn't much matter.
What does matter is whether we can get along and find common ground of trust to explore what it is that brings you to therapy. You may be very clear and have a specific problem that you hope to resolve. You may just feel rather unhappy or dissatisfied in your life and feel motivated to discover why, and how this can change.
Training, qualifications & experience
Senior Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (2016)
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership (2014)
Diploma Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE 2007)
Cert. Community Mental Health (1999)
BA Hons English/Philosophy (1992)
Currently working towards full UKCP accreditation. I work within the UKCP code of Ethics.
Twenty years experience working in the field of mental health across a range of settings.
Psychotherapist in private practice since 2012
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
I do not charge for an initial 30 minute meeting. If we agree to work together I charge £35 per weekly 50 minute session. I have run two weekly 'at cost' places on a donations basis since 2012 and intend to continue this practice. Please feel free to discuss whether one is available and suitable for you when we meet.
- Worked as Mental Health Adviser for the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David until 2015.
- Previously Mental Health Coordinator at Swansea University for 8 years. Completed a therapy placement at Swansea University in the Wellbeing department 2011 and completed a second placement with Y Cwmni Siarad (The Talking Company) in 2012
- Co-facilitated the 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course (2012)
- Delivered mental health awareness training in a range of settings since 1997 and individual psycho-educational sessions.
- Worked as a mental health advocate across a range of inpatient units across South Wales from 2001-6.
- Other varied experience in specialist mental health housing support & user participation projects (1990s)
- Passed the MITI assessment (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity) -2012- in order to work for the WILMA research project for the NHS and Cardiff University as a Motivational Interviewer. This is an additional and effective short term approach that many people find useful to support their motivation and ability to change difficult habitual behaviours.
- Research interest in working therapeutically with people who experience psychosis, particularly phase specific interventions.
- Lead contributor to the development of Digital & Social Policy for Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership and have ongoing research interests in this area.
- Delivered training on the Ethics of Digital and Social Media use for student psychotherapists at WPP (2016).
I am also Co-director of CARP collaborations - a Wales based social enterprise building community capacity and cohesion.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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