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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, stress, trauma, depression, family and relationships.

Face-to-face appointments available now. Email me at skocounselling@protonmail.com to make an appointment.

 Positive changes are possible, just begin to work through your issues with honesty and trust. You might surprise yourself with how much resilience and strength you discover within yourself. 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. The session time and space belong to you. We can discuss any questions that you feel relevant.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Degree in Biology (grad. 1994) and Psychology (grad.2003), Irkutsk State University
  • Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT) training by Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Time Focused Therapy, by K. Phoenix, CPD Certificate
  • Resilience in The Face of Trauma, by Prof. M. Lahad, CPD Certificate
  • Trauma Training, by the Wilbury Clinic, CPD Certificate
  • PTSD Counselling, by OPLEX CAREERS, Level 3 Award
  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
  • Accredited and listed member of The Foundation for Infant Loss
  • Listed counsellor at Cult Escape
  • Online Therapy Institute training: Moving Your Practice Online
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice, by Carolyne Spring, CPD Certificate
  • Child Sexual Abuse, by Carolyne Spring, CPD Certificate
  • 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.

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students

Additional information

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

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


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Opening hours: Monday                  9:00-20:00 Wednesday-Thursday 9:00-20:00

Further information

Ample free street parking is available.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Free ample street parking is available.

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Sofia Kolesnikova

Sofia Kolesnikova