Mona Sorensen, MBACP Registered PGDip Humanistic Integrative Counselling
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I chose to become” Carl Gustav Jung
We are all unique individuals, with our own particular awesomeness and experiences, that guide us in the approach we take in life. Both positive and negative experiences impact on us. Sometimes in a good way that makes us grow as individuals and sometimes in a negative way, perhaps as a result of a traumatic incident, experience and/or event. But we all ultimately hold the strength and resilience within us to shape the person we want to be and create the life we want to lead.
My name is Mona Sorensen and I am passionate about helping people discover their own strength & resilience through the power of movement and talking. It is my mission to make mental health support more accessible and part of our everyday conversation.
I am a qualified Integrative Therapist and Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Since qualifying in 2005, I have worked with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, OCD, depression, seasonal affective disorder, anger, self esteem, relationship difficulties, self harm, suicidal ideation, and domestic violence.
It was through my work as a running coach that I discovered the power of Running + Talking and was able to see the powerful results in action with the combination of movement and therapy. On researching this idea further I discovered that it wasn't a new concept, dating as far back as 4th Century BC where it was Hippocrates who spoke of the mind playing a central role in the healing of the body - looking at 'treatment' holistically rather than a separate entity.
By taking therapy outdoors, it is my aim to offer a safe space, outside the confines of a therapy room, where you can move your body, either through walking, jogging or running, with me by your side. Through this process, you will be connecting your body and mind, connecting with your own inner strength and resilience to enable you to resolve the issue you are facing. Moving forward allows you to leave the past behind and move towards the change you are looking for or towards the life you want to lead.
The first step is always the hardest, but I promise it does get easier.
The initial meeting will take place in my therapy room, there is not commitment at this stage and it's a chance for you to ask questions and for us to get to know each other a little bit better. It's important to feel that you can work with your therapist and that you can trust and feel safe during your sessions. We will also talk about the therapy agreement - which just sets out some boundaries about confidentiality, safety and where and when we meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at The Centre for Personal and Professional Development, London (2002-2005)
As part of my commitment to professional development, I undertake regular additional training. Recently this has included:
Introduction to Ecotherapy Body Listening - A grounding in Body Psychotherapy We are all Body Psychotherapists
An Introduction to DBT Skills
Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice
Working with Survivors of Child Abuse
Safeguarding Young People
Therapeutic Use of Sand Tray
Systemic Approaches to Working with Families
Working with Attachment and Boundaries
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
Person-Centred Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I attend regular clinical supervision
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Introductory Session £10
Follow on sessions (weekly) £35
Some reduced rate sessions available to clients on low income