Sonia Clarke BSc MBACP(Accred)
At times life can be difficult and we can feel overwhelmed, lost, helpless or distressed. I became aware of counselling due to my own life experiences and trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor. I offer a safe and confidential space where you can explore issues and feelings, developing a greater understanding of them, without feeling any pressure or judgement. I 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 has been highly recommended so if you are looking for a counsellor/therapist in the Cheshunt area, or are wanting to engage in counselling and you are from the surrounding areas of Enfield, Waltham Abbey, Broxbourne, or anywhere close to the M25 borders of Hertfordshire, Essex & North London, you have reached the right place. My practice is in a private location and has parking available. I also work online and provide telephone counselling services.
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 at Level 5 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) I work in an integrative way using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic and Humanistic theories. I have also 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 and psychotherapists in addition to my private practice and have gained a wide experience of mild, emotional issues to long term, enduring conditions.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trypophobia - fear of holes
Emetophobia - vomit related fear
Ophidiophobia - fear of snakes
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 health insurance 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 & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
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.