Sonia Francis BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred) Online/Phone/ Face2Face Counsellor
I offer counselling - based in Battersea, Wandsworth and Carshalton taking pride in performing a service with warmth and empathy. I see clients from adults to couples and young people, working confidentially 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 yourself. Also for you to acknowledge the problems and to think about building your confidence as well as your self-esteem, working towards making realistic decisions and solutions, within the here and now. Drawing on different models and goal approaches ranging from solution-focused to support changes using scaling questions. Alongside, CBT intervention looking at thoughts, feeling and behaviour in regards the problems. 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.
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.
"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).
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling for Young People
School, Teachers and Friends
Weekly sessions is 50 minutes. Fees: Individual £60 Couples £75
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 number and 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.