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Sofia Kolesnikova, MBACP

Chichester, West Sussex, PO19
Chichester, West Sussex, PO19

About me

As a professional Psychotherapeutic Counsellor I have a wide range of experience in helping people cope in difficult times and to improve  their lives. I offer empathetic help and systematic support with anxiety, trauma, depression and relationships.

At the moment I offer Skype and telephone counselling only. Email me at skocounselling@protonmail.com to make an appointment.

Overcoming depression, feeling less anxious and more content, coming to terms with loss and changed life circumstances, resolving trauma - these are the outcomes that can be achieved through counselling. The positive changes are possible if you are ready to work through your issues with honesty and trust. Self-healing begins when you allow yourself to reach out for help. As a therapist I can help you to begin seeing things realistically, setting more achievable goals, to understand your anxiety and learn to deal with it, to improve your mood and lead a more enjoyable, fulfilling life.

I specialise in working with childhood trauma, anxiety, stress and depression. I work with self-devaluation, helping you improve your self-esteem and feel more comfortable with yourself. I work with identity issues set by disfiguring conditions and other traumatic events. I'm proud to support parents of disabled children, and people affected by Alopecia.

Beginning therapy often feels daunting and full of uncertainties. It is normal to feel anxious in the first session. Some people feel numb or don't know what to talk about. This is also normal. I'll help you to feel comfortable and relaxed, and I'll guide you through the session. We can discuss any questions that you feel relevant.

Some people benefit from seeing a counsellor once a week, others might need two or three sessions a week. In our first session we will discuss what is the most beneficial for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Degree in Biology (grad. 1994) and Psychology (grad.2003)
  • Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT) training by Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Time Focused Therapy, by K. Phoenix, CPD Cert.
  • Resilience in The Face of Trauma, by Prof. M. Lahad, CPD Cert.
  • Trauma Training, by the Wilbury Clinic, CPD Cert.
  • PTSD Counselling, by OPLEX CAREERS, Level 3 Award
  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
  • Listed member at Cult Escape
  • Registered member of BACP, Reg. Number 37466

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Alopecia, pregnancy and infant loss.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Each session is 50-minutes long and is charged at £45, payable in cash at the beginning of the session, or by a bank transfer or PayPal prior to the session.

If you experience financial difficulties, the fee may be negotiated depending on your income.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

Ample free street parking is available.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Russian


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

Free ample street parking is available.


Opening hours:

Monday                  9:00-20:00

Wednesday-Friday  9:00-20:00

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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