Ann Soni Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling MBACP
Hello and welcome,
At times life can feel challenging and I know that talking to a counsellor who is trained to listen and support can help you face the challenges and to manage your situation. I am a qualified and experienced Person-centred counsellor and I treat all people with respect, regardless of any differences, and I have helped people from many different cultures and communities.
What should you expect?
I will listen to you with care and everything you say will be treated as confidential*. It may be that I have been recommended to you by a friend, relative or medical professional. Please be assured that all of the discussions that you and I have will be private and nothing will be divulged. Together we will explore the issues that are causing your distress and I will support you to gain control of your situation. During the sessions I will help you to identify your personal solutions to your individual dilemmas.
What can you discuss?
It is entirely up to you to bring whatever issues you want to the counselling room. There are no topics that are out of bounds and I will listen to you openly and without judgement.
Previous clients have wanted to discuss a variety of topics including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, loneliness, sexual abuse, eating disorders, panic attacks, relationship difficulties with partners, family, children, sexual dysfunction, anger-management, self-harm, sexuality, self-esteem, sexual identity, fertility including IVF, surrogacy, donor conception, loss, bereavement, health including cancer and HIV, post traumatic stress disorder, sex working, financial difficulties, domestic abuse, divorce, parenting, redundancy, migraine, problems with intimacy, money worries, ageing, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, autism, homelessness, abortion, pornography, gender dysphoria.
Young people are welcome
I have also supported children and young people over a number of years. I am aware of the pressures on children and young people and the stresses that this can cause to both them, and their families. There are activities available in the counselling room to assist talking and to develop conversations. There is also a soft rug, cushions, bean bags and cosy blankets on which to lie down or stretch out.
In addition to many of the issues above children and young people have wanted to talk about being fostered, adoption, exam stress, bullying, school, abandonment, death of a family member, suicide, school phobia, destructive behaviour, the future, friendship groups, holiday worries, transition stages in education.
To support children and young people effectively I have undertaken additional training at Place2Be, the school based counselling service. With them I developed knowledge of working with children and young people through a variety of media. I have enhanced DBS status and have completed regular Safeguarding Training.
Where will you be coming to?
I would like to invite you into the peace and tranquility of the Summer House, a private, dedicated building in central Knowle. It overlooks the secluded garden with views of the sky, flowers, plants and trees. It is light and airy, and envelops you with calmness and has been described by clients as 'a haven', 'welcoming', 'safe'.
You can view photographs of the Summer House at the end of this profile, where there is also a location map. There is free on-site parking and bus services come regularly into Knowle, the church is the nearest stop. I am able to make home visits if necessary and we can discuss the possibility of telephone counselling if that is what you feel you need.
When can you have an appointment?
I offer consultations in the day or evening and at weekends, if required. The sessions last for 50 minutes, usually at the same time each week, although individual needs can be accommodated. This can be a short or long term arrangement according to your preference. At the beginning of your first session we will discuss what issues you would like to address in therapy and what you wish to achieve during your sessions.
Confidentiality is important for you and for me
Everything that is said in the counselling room is confidential, in accordance with the ethical framework of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). *There are some rare circumstances in which I may be obliged to disclose information and I will explain this further when we meet. My paperwork and record keeping complies with the Data Protection Act (1998).
I have received many letters and cards from clients over the years and I have included just a few of the comments for you to read.
'a person full of compassion'
'you have guided me through one of the toughest emotional times of my life and I will always be truly grateful'
'you care about others'
'now I am in control of my life!'
'forever in your debt'
I feel privileged to have supported and helped many clients to improve their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Person-centred counsellor and hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Keele University. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to their ethical framework.
I treat all people with respect and do not discriminate with regard to any differences. I work with individuals of all ages and have helped many adults in NHS clinics, including sexual health, and helped children and young people in schools. I also have experience of working with people who have a range of special needs.
I completed additional training at Place2Be, the school based counselling service and with them I developed knowledge of working with children and young people through play and other media. I have enhanced DBS status and have completed regular Safeguarding Training.
I undertake regular continuous professional development (CPD) with a variety of organisations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Photos & videos
I aim to keep my charges affordable to allow counselling to be accessible to as many people as possible. These are £40 for each session and payment can be made on the day in cash or by bank transfer before the session takes place. Home visits are costed individually depending on the distance and time taken for travel.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There is one step up to negotiate at the doorway into the Summer House. Within the building the floor is all on one level and there is space to move freely.
I offer sessions in the day, evening and some weekends. These last for 50 minutes, usually at the same time each week. This can be a short term or long term arrangement decided by you.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|