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Soña Teplanova BACP Reg., MA in Clinical Counselling

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7DD
07710229495 07710229495
Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7DD

About me


Hi, I'm Sonia and I am a fully qualified, BACP registered, person-centred therapist based in Manchester City Centre. I've got my Master's qualification in Clinical Counselling from The University of Chester. I've been practising since February 2018 and helped clients from all walks of life, presenting with stress, moderate to severe anxiety and depression levels and other difficulties (trauma, loss, low self-esteem, confidence issues, relationships, abuse, medical conditions, loneliness).


If you struggle with depression, anxiety, stress or your confidence and self-esteem are holding you back from living a more fulfilling and happy life, I can help you achieve your mental health goals. I offer a facilitative space where your self-exploration and personal growth are a number one priority.

Together, we can explore anything you feel is concerning you. I will help you understand your feelings, emotions,thoughts and unhealthy patterns that are stopping you from achieving your full potential right now. I will work with you to build self-awareness and awareness of others and to facilitate change and growth within yourself. You will gain the ability to view things from a fresh perspective and to find new, more effective ways of living a more balanced life - emotionally, psychologically, socially and physically.

I will help you grow your own ability to make sense of your experiences so you can find your own way forward in life, regaining control and confidence, and trusting yourself. I am committed to providing a therapeutic space where you can talk in confidence and without a fear of being judged.


I offer 1:2:1, face-to-face or online therapy sessions for adults. These can be short-term or long-term interventions depending on your needs and preference.

My counselling practice is based on St. Ann's Square in Manchester City Centre and is easily accessible. All Counselling rooms are very spacious, private and decorated neutrally for your ultimate comfort when you visit for your sessions. Large windows are ideal for plenty of airflow - premises is Covid-19 safe (safety guidelines apply).

Online therapy gives you more flexibility and greater access to therapy, saving time and energy on travel. It also provides an extra layer of anonymity, and it's as effective as face-to-face counselling.


I understand that sharing your personal experiences with a stranger can feel daunting and scary. I offer a space where your struggles will be heard and your mental health will be made a priority. I am here to walk alongside you during your therapy - you are not alone.

I will need your commitment to yourself and to therapy. Having therapy often involves the exploration and processing of painful or unsettling feelings and experiences so you can start living your life without them weighing you down. It requires time, consistency and patience. Although I cannot do the inner work for you, I will support you every step of the way. Talking through your difficulties in an emphatic and non-judgemental space can be a truly cathartic experience.


Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Just get in touch with me if you are ready to make changes in your life or just have a question.

You can contact me in different ways:

1. Drop me an email

2. Use my enquiry forms on my website simplytalkcounselling.co.uk

3. Chat with me via my WhatsApp conversation starter you can easily access via my website simplytalkcounselling.co.uk

Once you've made the first step, we can book you in for a FREE chat to discuss your needs and see if we can work together. You will be under no pressure to go ahead if you don't want to.

My website simplytalkcounselling.co.uk offers useful information about my service and how counselling works. Feel free to visit.

Hope to speak soon.


Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the BACP and hold a Master's degree in Clinical Counselling from The University of Chester. My passion for improving mental health of individuals and within our communities stems from my personal experience.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress-related difficulties
  • l OW Self-esteem
  • Confidence Issues
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • LOSS
  • Family difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Living with a long-term illness/condition
  • Improving the quality of life
  • Negative self-image
  • Personal development and growth
  • Everyday life difficulties


  • Lower anxiety
  • Ability to cope with depression better
  • Ability to cope with stress better
  • Regained control
  • Increased confidence/self-esteem
  • Improved emotional balance
  • Greater self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Knowing yourself better
  • Greater resilience
  • Improved relationship
  • Improved communication
  • Ability to process loss
  • Ability to get in touch with your feelings and emotions
  • Learning different coping mechanisms
  • Ability to move forward in life
  • Feeling in control of your life again
  • Clarity of mind


I volunteer as a counsellor at The Gaddum in Manchester and The Roby in Hulme, providing long-term and short-term therapeutic interventions, including therapy specific to BAME community clients. Here I work with people from diverse backgrounds, of different age groups and sexuality who struggle with their mental health as well as some practical aspects of their lives.


  • CPD on Suicide by Andrew Reeves
  • CPD on PTSD by Tony Parnell
  • A CPD workshop with Janet Tolan
  • A CPD presentation on Antidepressants and related medications (Chester University)
  • A CPD course How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer (BAPC + The Open University)
  • OCST One day online workshop - Webcam and voice-only online counselling (Liz Mackenzie)

Get in touch with me for a FREE initial chat and see if we can work together.

Hope to hear form you soon.

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

  • Confidence Issues
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Self-awareness
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Relationships Issues
  • Family Difficulties
  • Work-related issues and stress
  • Communication
  • Abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling stuck in life/unable to move forward
  • Loss of direction in life
  • Personal growth and development
  • Living with a medical condition/illness
  • Every-day struggles

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy

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In-person Counselling: £65 per session (50 mins)

Online Counselling: £55 per session (50 mins)


20% OFF all sessions

Please visit simplytalkcounselling.co.uk for full details.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

My counselling practice premises are covid-19 safe. Safety guidelines are in place and are to be observed for all. Please do not book or attend any face-to-face sessions if you fall within the 'high-risk' category or present with any covid-19 symptoms prior to your session.

If you can't or don't want to access therapy in person, you can have your sessions online via ZOOM. Online therapy is as effective as in-person therapy and it saves you the time and cost of travel.

SimplyTalk Counselling
Manchester Royal Exchange
St. Ann's Square
Greater Manchester
M2 7DD

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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


Mon:  12noon - 9pm

Tue:  12noon - 9pm

Wed:  2pm - 9pm

Sat:    9am - 1pm

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Soña Teplanova BACP Reg., MA in Clinical Counselling

Soña Teplanova BACP Reg., MA in Clinical Counselling