Sonia Clarke BSc MBACP(Accred)
At times life can be difficult and we can feel lost, helpless or distressed. I became aware of counselling due to my own life experiences and trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor. Counselling offers a safe and confidential place where you can explore issues and feelings, developing a greater understanding of them, without feeling any pressure or judgement. It can help you to make changes that will ease and facilitate a solution that suits you. Counselling can help you to move forward and enhance your life experience.
The aim of counselling is to provide you with a confidential opportunity for you to explore your thoughts and feelings in safety and assist your learning, healing, understanding and growth. My practice is within easy reach of Hertfordshire and Essex locations
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work to their code of ethics for good practice.
I receive supervision in line with BACP guidelines and am committed to training as part of my ongoing personal and professional development.
I am Qualified in the Integrative approach and later at Diploma Level 5 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) I work in an integrative way using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic and Humanistic theories. I have recently completed a BPS Certificate in Supervision and achieved BACP Accredition
I managed the counselling service for a local Mind, a mental health charity,supervising a team of counsellors in addition to my private practice and have gained a wide experience.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I see clients for face to face counselling, short term and long term.
Sessions last 50 minutes and will be each week at a day and time agreed in advance.
Standard 50 minute Session £60
Couples 50 minute Session £70
Couples 90 minute Session £90
Counsellors in Training £40
1 hour £60
1 1/2 hour £70
Counsellors in Training £40 / £50
I do undertake some insurance company and EAP work however charge a higher rate due to additional administrative demands.
I have a limited number of concessionary sessions for people on a low income or trainee counsellors.
The first appointment will be an assessment session and this will enable us to decide if counselling can help you, and for you to see if you want to continue. If we decide we would like work together I would contract for initially 6 counselling sessions, which we will review and decide together if we want to extend or finish after the 6 sessions.
Integrative Counselling & CBT
What is Integrative TherapyIntegrative counselling allows the therapist to explore a clients experience from a variety of different theoretical perspectives. An integrative counsellor will work with your experience and apply the appropriate theory and technique to suit you therapeutically because what works with one client won’t necessarily work with another. Working together we can use the insights and techniques of Person Centred Counselling , Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you bring about the changes you want in your life.
What does CBT involve?Whilst consultations are essentially talking-therapy sessions, CBT goes beyond just talking and involves practical tasks, exercises and experiments to enhance understanding of the difficulty and to help bring about changes in feelings, beliefs, thinking and behaviour. It is an essential part of therapy that clients have an understanding of the process causing their difficulty, so that the tasks, exercises and experiments make sense within that context. For this reason therapist and client are, in essence collaborators in a problem-solving process. Clients, in discussion with the therapist, decide which tasks and exercise they feel ready to undertake. There may be times when it is important to look at previous history but this is not usually an extensive part of the process. Treatment is more usually grounded in present experience, tends to be de-mystifying and usually has a problem orientated focus.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays, Tuesday & Wednesday til late
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have nearly 100 hours experience of supervising counsellors from a diverse range of orientations, both trainees and qualified therapists and clinicians.