Sonia Francis MBACP (Accred) BSc (Hons) Integrative Counsellor
I am an Accredited Member of BACP integrative counsellor - based in Battersea, Wandsworth and Carshalton. I take pride in performing a service with warmth, empathy and friendliness. I offer counselling to adults, couples, children and young people, working confidentially with you the client in a non-judgemental way that helps to bring out your unique self, in an environment that encourages and effectively paves the way for the development of trust and understanding, within the therapeutic relationship.
The aim of therapy is:
- to make you feel better emotionally
- to be more confident in making your own decisions that are right for you
- to encourage growth on you coping realistically on your own
- to establish different ways and solutions
- to manage the problems/issues for couples to find their individual inner voice and to freely, confidently communicate to each other
- to feel satisfied with the outcome
As an integrative counsellor, I work with developing your mental health, on building your strength to cope with difficulties and supporting you to overcome challenges that we all can face at times. I draw on the person-centred theory, to empower you to trust, not only the therapeutic relationship, but to acknowledge the problems and to think about working with building your confidence as well as your self-esteem, in order for you to make decisions toward realistic solutions, within the here and now.
I also draw on different models and goal approaches, which ranges from solution-focused to support changes using scaling questions. CBT intervention is used to suit the individual needs, to help gather ideas of how the problems have been currently managed. In addition, to obtain some insight of the unconscious mind and the past, I work within areas of the psychodynamic model. Working together to help you build your ability to handle stress, relate to others, to make choices and essentially to believe in yourself.
I believe “we all have mental health issues - it is how we manage them”
You might be asking “what does mental health mean?” it does not mean you’re going crazy or mad, so let’s see what it is. Mental health is important at every stage of life - from childhood, to adolescence and throughout adulthood. Mental health is having the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions - the ability to form, make and maintain relationships - having the ability to learn from others and develop both psychologically and emotionally. Mental health helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. It is about having the strength and the ability to cope with difficulties and to overcome challenges that we all experience during our lives - having the confidence and self-esteem to make decisions and most importantly to believe in ourselves.
My believe is “mental health issues are not something to be ashamed off"
Working with children and young people, for me to gain some understanding and to support the work with this particular group safely, I draw on my knowledge of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT), using questionnaires to increase the possibility of identifying issues/problems, which I will explain in more detail during the session. For example the child or young person might not necessarily understand a certain type of behaviour or unable to make the appropriate link to their thoughts and feelings; using the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS) questionnaire, which is usually completed by the client as well as parent/carers, if present, the RCADS helps to obtain reliable information, identifies and measures symptoms of 5 different types of anxiety disorders such as separation anxiety or panic as well as the level of depression.
I have worked with many different issues and problems that we as human-beings may have or might be experiencing. It could be difficult thoughts of having no purpose, suicidal thoughts/feelings, depression or anxiety to name a few. Alongside, common mental health problems experienced by some children and young people such as parent separation, bullying and suicidal thoughts/feelings, which sometimes can lead to not wanting to go to school, not sleeping and/or self-harming.
Ex-clients "I just want the pain to stop and go away” “I use to always feel sick”
“Everyone would be better off without me”
"At first I thought why spend so much money on six counselling sessions, now at the end of my sixth session it was money well spent and a very good investment on myself"
"Surprised how challenging some sessions were, which I liked because it allowed me to really think about things"
"I have gained self-worth from counselling, a better understanding of myself and feeling confident on making choices for myself"
"As a couple communication and understanding was difficult for me and my partner, we now listen, share and talk with confidence having patients and respect for each other. Thank you"
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within their ethical guidelines. I have professional insurance, regular professional supervision for my work and undertake regular development and training.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Counselling training in Solution Focus and CBT.
- Qualifications such as: Advance Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling, Postgraduate Diploma in Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP-IAPT, Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling and a BA Hons Degree in Counselling.
- I have many years counselling experience within school settings, work-base settings and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling for Young People
School, Teachers and Friends
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
Weekly sessions is 50 minutes. Fees for individual is £50 - in advance payments 5 weeks £225 (45),10 weeks £400 (40), for couples initial consultation £75 thereafter £90 for an hour each week - in advance 12 weeks £900.
Some concessions are available for students or those on reduced income.
If you have any questions and would like to arrange an appointment please do not hesitate to contact me. I might be with a client, please leave your name and contact number, I will return your call as soon as possible.
Address 95 Replingham Road (5 mins walk) from Southfield Underground Station on Wimbledon Park Road. Trains to Clapham Junction, buses from Clapham Junction 39, 156, N87 straight to Merton Road (Southfield Community College). Bus 493 Wimbledon Park Road from Richmond or Tooting.
Good parking available at both location Southfield and Carshalton.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Most evenings, Wednesday and Saturday mornings
Types of client