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

Beccles, Norfolk, NR34
07824 380369 07824 380369 Registered / Accredited
Beccles, Norfolk, NR34

About me

I am a qualified, experienced and accredited EMDR Consultant, Counsellor & Trauma Psychotherapist, I work with an integrative approach incorporating the 3 main schools of thought, working with the past, present and future where appropriate.
I have 20 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 organised various trainings.

I 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 accredited voluntary register (AVR).

I have a separate room at home where I see private clients.  I use Zoom for working on line including EMDR. 


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

Training, qualifications & experience

EMDR Parts 1-4 Certificate, accredited Practitioner                                                          EMDRConsultant Training - accredited Consultant - EMDR Europe

EMDR Part 1&2 Child training
EMDR Complex Trauma Certificates
EMDR - Pain Control - Mark Grant

EMDR - Flash Technique training
EMDR - RTEP (Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol)

EMDR - GTEP (Group Traumatic Episode Protocol)
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

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.

UKCP

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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.

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

WHAT IS EMDR THERAPY?

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.

HOW WAS EMDR DEVELOPED?

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.

HOW DOES EMDR WORK?

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.


WHAT IS THE ACTUAL
EMDR SESSION LIKE?

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.

HOW LONG DOES EMDR TAKE?

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.

BUT DOES EMDR REALLY WORK?

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;


WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS
CAN EMDR TREAT?

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

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Equine therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

£ 80 per hour EMDR session /  £ 120 for 1.5 hours EMDR

£80 per hour EMDR Supervision

Further information

EMDR Consultantancy available.

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

Beccles
Norfolk
NR34

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Ground floor room

Availability

Monday-Friday

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

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

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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

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