Sonia Francis - Experienced Adults, Couples and Young People Therapist (Accred)
Hi, I am Sonia and I am an experienced Counsellor of 19 years, working with adults, couples and young people. As an accredited therapist with the BACP, I am able to help with a wide range of mental health and emotional challenges, including, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship issues, Sexuality, Identity, Divorce, Separation, Low Self-Esteem, Stress, and Abuse.
I take pride in offering a service with warmth and empathy, 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.
Working with me
With my clients, I work with them to develop their mental health, on building their strength to cope with difficulties and supporting them to overcome challenges that we all can face at times.
I use a variety of different techniques which allows me to create a completely unique therapy to you as an individual person. I draw on the person-centered 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, feelings, and behaviour in regards to the problems. In addition, to obtain some insight into 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.
Getting in touch
If you have any questions about working together then I would like to invite you to get in touch with me. I offer all new clients a FREE 10-minute telephone call, prior to booking any session. If at that point you want to book an appointment, then we can arrange a mutually beneficial time to have the first session.
You can call or text me on 07956 127416 or click here to send me an email.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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 both with adults and within school settings, work-base settings and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
- Counselling for Young People
- School, Teachers, and Friends
- Parent Separation/Divorce
Weekly sessions are 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.
Monday and Tuesday evenings 7 & 8, Wednesday 10-5pm and Fridays 10-12
What is the aim of therapy?
- to make you feel better emotionally
- to be more confident in making your own decisions that are right for you
- to encourage growth on your 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 with each other
- to feel satisfied with the outcome.
What is Mental Health?
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 belief is “mental health issues are not something to be ashamed of".
Working with Children and Young People
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.
Working with 17-24 year-olds
You may find yourself struggling with anxiety and or depression as a result of the recent pandemic. Perhaps you are feeling worried about future job prospects, relationships and general quality of life going forward? I can offer you a place where you can speak openly about any concerns and issues you are facing, without feeling judged or unheard.
"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 in 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.