Ann Soni PG Dip Counselling MBACP
The Summer House
Hello and welcome.
At times life can feel challenging and talking to a person who is trained to listen and support can help you 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 young people over a number of years. I am aware of the pressures on 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 develop conversations and there is a soft rug, cushions, bean bags and cosy blankets.
In addition to many of the issues above 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 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?
The Summer House is a dedicated private building in Knowle, overlooking the garden, and it is light and airy, peaceful and tranquil. You can view photographs of the Summer House at the end of this profile, where there is also a location map. There is 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).
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 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
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- 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 disorder
- 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 keep my charges low to allow counselling to be accessible to as many people as possible. The cost is £35 for each session and £45 for home visits within 5 miles. The cost for other distances can be discussed and decided by agreement. Payment can be made on the day in cash, by cheque or bank transfer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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At the present time there are two shallow steps to negotiate on the approach to The Summer House and then you step through French doors over a shallow frame. Wheelchair access is planned and I will update this information when it is ready for use.
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|