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Sonia Richards,Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2DT
01728 663937 01728 663937 07984 855436 07984 855436 Registered / Accredited
Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2DT

About me

Sonia has trained in counselling and psychotherapy. She has a Certificate in Counselling Skills, a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, and is also a qualified Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist. Sonia works from home in a confidential and caring environment in her private practice.

She is involved in regular in-service training and is supported by professional supervision.

Sonia has also worked in a voluntary capacity at Heatherwood Hospital in their Psychiatric department, and for the NHS in High Wycombe seeing clients in a clinical setting.

Sonia is a member of the following Psychotherapy associations -

How I work

I believe I work in a very 'human' way and each person is worked with absolutely uniquely. I believe very strongly that one size does not fit all, and as we are all individuals, an individual approach needs to be taken.

I offer a confidential and caring environment in which to explore and work through issues from the past that may be currently affecting you, or preventing you from becoming the person you want to be. In addition, I believe people feel heard, supported, encouraged, and understood, and each person is given as much time as is needed.

I have had my own private practice for many years, I work from home where I see people in quiet, confidential and peaceful surroundings.

How can I help?

I offer a space in which thoughts and feelings can be explored in a safe and confidential environment. I am non-judgemental and allow time to think about your situation differently. Being listened to in this way allows you to begin to become more conscious of thoughts and feelings, enabling you in time to make choices about how you wish to change.

  • Talking allows deep exploration of the causes of emotional distress.
  • This involves a regular commitment, sometimes over a lengthy period of time.

Why counselling or psychotherapy?

Counselling is dealing with the more immediate issues that life throws at us, counselling is supportive and offers a way of resolving something that may be specific to now.

Psychotherapy is more than this, it is about creating a way of understanding that sometimes our self-limiting ways of thinking and feeling and our behavioural responses have a detrimental effect upon the way we live our lives. I help you use the insight I will give you to modify self-defeating ways
of being that will, in turn, create a positive change and aid personal development.

The need:

Anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, anger issues, bereavement, loss, trauma and difficulties at work are just some of the many concerns that can be looked at together.

I work with couples and individuals for both long and short terms work.

Sessions are for 50 minutes.

Do call me or email me for any further information or help that you may need.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling skills
Psychodynamic Counsellor
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

I have attended many training days and workshops, including

Sexual Issues
Neurology of Attachment
Personality Disorders
Psychosomatic issues
and many others

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked with many clients showing wide-ranging symptoms, and presenting with a range of needs and difficulties. These could include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Additionally, I have worked with alcoholics, and other forms of addictive type behaviour, together with difficulties in relationships, stress type issues, life-changing decisions, job stress, eating disorders, depression and anger management.

I work with couples and offer both short-term and open-ended counselling and psychotherapy. I also work for several EAP's.

Do please call me in order to discuss the next step, or for any further information, you may require.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Equine therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


My normal fee is £57.00

I am also available into the evenings.

Further information


People in all walks of life experience difficulties, which may be helped by sharing with a professionally qualified person.

Examples of need may be

  • Needing to relate more closely to others
  • Feeling stressed or under pressure at work
  • Experiencing conflicting priorities between work and home
  • Feeling tense or insecure in their relationship
  • Having difficulty in coping with their children
  • Bereaved, separated or divorced
  • Carrying heavy responsibilities
  • Feeling anxious, isolated or depressed

I work with both couples and individuals, and can provide short term supportive work and also offer longer term work, whereby we would seek to delve further into the main issues, depending on your need.

As a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I can also work analytically and help you to fully explore what may be going on for you.

I have my own web site, and write a blog each week. I have also been on Radio Suffolk, and there is a playable download on my site.

I trained at the Guild of Psychotherapists in London, and I am a full member of UKCP.

Alde Cottage
The Street
IP17 2DT

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I work during the week and have some evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and  trained with  the Guild of Psychotherapists in London.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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