Ann Soni PG Dip Counselling MBACP
The Summer House
Hello and welcome. At times life can feel challenging. Talking to someone who will listen to you without judging can help you manage your situation. As a qualified and experienced Person-centred counsellor I can help you to identify solutions and regain your equilibrium. I treat all people with respect, regardless of any differences, and I have helped people from many different cultures and communities. I offer sessions in the day, evening and some weekends.
What should you expect?
Counselling is a very personal experience and so it is important that you should feel comfortable with your counsellor. I am a Person-centred counsellor and together we can explore the issues that are causing your distress. I will help and support you to identify solutions and to gain control of your situation. There are no topics that are out of bounds and I will listen to you in a non-judgemental way.
Where will you be coming to?
I offer a safe and confidential environment in the Summer House where you can begin to feel relaxed and nurtured in a dedicated private room in central Knowle. You can view photographs at the end of this profile, where there is also a location map. There is on-site parking and there are regular bus services into Knowle, alight at the church. I am able to make home visits if necessary.
What can you discuss?
Previous clients have discussed 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.
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.
Young people are welcome
I have supported many young people over a number of years in a variety of environments. I am aware of the pressures on young people and the stresses that this can cause to both them, and their families. To help them feel at ease there are activities available in the counselling room to assist talking and develop conversations. There is a soft rug, cushions, bean bags and cosy blankets all of which help them to feel secure in the sessions and help put them at ease. There is a separate room in which you can wait whilst your young person has their counselling session should you wish.
I have trained 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.
When can you have an appointment?
Working flexible hours, I can offer consultations in the day or evening and at weekends, if required. The sessions last for 50 minutes, face-to-face, usually at the same time each week. This can be a short or long term arrangement according to your preference. Our first session will be a chance for you to consider what you would like to address in therapy and what you would 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 Certificate in Counselling. 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 adults and young people. I also have experience of working with people who have a range of special needs. In addition I have worked in NHS clinics and a variety of schools.
I have trained at Place2Be, the school based counselling service. 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 CPD (Continuous Professional Development) with a variety of organisations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- 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 issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Photos & videos
The charge for each session is £35. Home visits cost £45 within 5 miles and other distances by arrangement.
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 are face-to-face and last for 50 minutes, usually at the same time each week. This can be a short or long term arrangement.,
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|