Sonia Hall - Growing Room: Person-Centred Therapy
Hello. I am an experienced and committed person-centred therapist who is passionate about providing attuned support to those experiencing emotional distress or dealing with other challenges in life. My Growing Room practice is informed by my own lived experience of these issues, which I feel adds much to the service that I offer.
Entering therapy can be a daunting experience so I aim to help build trusting and non-judgemental therapeutic relationships from the outset. Founded on honesty, compassion and acceptance, my hope is that you can feel safe enough in this relationship to explore any issues that you choose.
In order for me to continue working therapeutically with you during this time of lockdown resulting from the coronavirus, I am also offering sessions via telephone or video call.
What to expect when we meet
Our initial meeting will last around half an hour and will give us both a chance to get to know each other a little and discuss what you hope to gain from therapy. We can talk about the way I work and you can see if this feels a good fit for you. I can find out more about you and the sorts of things you may be finding difficult. If we are both happy to proceed we will book our first session.
My way of working
As a person-centred therapist I aim to work alongside you, trusting you to make sense of your own life experiences, and so enabling you to effect positive changes for yourself. I will not diagnose or direct your behaviour, but instead offer a nurturing space in which you can explore your own life story. I will be guided by you, and we will go at your pace, so you can move towards meaningful, personal growth.
How therapy can work
As with all living things, humans have within them an innate drive to develop and grow. Just as plants need nutrients and water to thrive, I believe that we need an environment of warm, empathic understanding so we can strive - just like a flower in bloom - to reach our fullest potential. I believe that given these optimum conditions for growth, we can become more fully who we want to be, and not perhaps just how others perceive us.
I feel honoured and privileged when I meet new clients and they choose to work with and share their life stories with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Mental Health First Aid (2019)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Training (2019)
- Self Harm training (2019)
- BA (Hons) Applied Social with Clinical Psychology
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 in Counselling Skills
- Peer Support Worker Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Since qualifying as a therapist I have worked with many men and women experiencing a variety of difficulties in relationships, both with others and within themselves. For example, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, low self-confidence and self-esteem, often accompany breakdowns in relationships or communication. I have worked with these and many other issues including abuse and trauma, self-harm and suicidal thinking over this time.
I have also enjoyed the role of peer mentor for over fifteen years and was for a number of years a co-facilitator of a women’s sexual abuse support group.
My experience affirms my belief that it is the therapeutic relationship (and the interactions that take place within it) which is the most healing and growthful aspect of person-centred therapy.
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
My current fees are:
£20 per 30 minute initial consultation
£40 per 60 minute session
If therapy proceeds after initial consultation, I ask for full payment of fee, preferably via bank transfer, prior to the next session to guarantee the booking.
Growing Room is based at (but operates independently to) Nottingham Counselling Service, which is conveniently situated in Nottingham city centre. The building is wheelchair accessible and there is metered on-street parking.
I am fully insured and have an Enhanced DBS certificate. I am a registered member of and adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) ethical framework. I will always be mindful of whether I feel able to work safely, ethically and professionally with you.
Please do not hesitate to text, call or email me for further information and to make a booking. If I can’t answer or reply straight away rest assured I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you.