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About me

Hi and welcome to my profile page.

My name is Sonia and I am a HCPC-registered Counselling Psychologist (HCPC) and Integrative Psychotherapist (UKCP & BACP). My career in mental health spans 25 years, and during this time, I have worked with a wide range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, trauma, relationship difficulties and bereavement.

Having worked in higher education for the over 14 years, my area of expertise is student mental health and I run a specialist psychotherapy service for students aged 18+.

My therapeutic approach and style

Viewing every student as a unique individual with specific needs and life experiences, I integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches (Psychodynamic, Person-centred & Cognitive Behavioural therapy) to best suit your individual needs.

In terms of my therapy style, I aspire to embody warmth, empathy, authenticity, integrity and compassion in the therapy space, and provide a safe, warm and confidential space for you to explore your feelings. I also like to work collaboratively with you, instilling hope, and empowering you to make significant changes that will lead to a more fulfilled and authentic life.

Taking the first step

I appreciate that seeking help can be challenging, and in particular finding a therapist who is a good fit for you. Mindful of this, I offer a free phone consultation to answer any questions you may have and to explore how we might work together.

Finally, I have witnessed first-hand how therapy can lead to lasting, positive change, and strongly believe in humans' inherent capacity for change and healing. If you feel ready to start your journey of self-discovery and healing together, please feel free to contact me.

Please note: Sessions are being offered remotely presently due to Covid-19, however I will resume in-person sessions when Covid restrictions ease.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Experience

25 years experience of working in a variety of mental health settings including:

  • Education sector (University of the Arts London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London & Minerva Institute, USA)
  • Voluntary sector (Centrepoint & Look Ahead & Care)
  • NHS (Camden and Islington Mental Health NHS Trust)

Qualifications/Training

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional studies - Metanoia Institute & Middlesex University, London
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia Institute, London
  • Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Westminster Pastoral Foundation
  • Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (Level 5) - Institute of Leadership and Management
  • MSc degree Health Psychology - City University, London
  • BSc (Hons) degree Psychology - University of Warwick, Coventry

Professional Networks Memberships

  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)- Registered Counselling Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)- Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol.)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)- Accreditation as Integrative Psychotherapist
  • British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)- Registered Member

Professional Standards of Practice

I abide by the code of ethics and professional standards practice of the HCPC, BPS, UKCP & BACP, attend regular clinical supervision, and hold full professional indemnity insurance.

Training, Supervision & Consultancy

As an experienced mental health trainer in higher education, I continue to deliver training on mental health awareness to staff working in this sector.

I also offer supervision and consultancy to mental health practitioners working in higher education institutions.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BPS

British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have expertise in working with student mental health-related issues including:

  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • Loneliness
  • Transition/adjustment issues
  • Homesickness
  • Self-esteem
  • Presentation anxiety
  • Social anxiety

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

From £75.00 to £90.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Psychotherapy sessions- for students (lasts 50 mins).

Fees for ongoing psychotherapy sessions vary according to days and times.

Weekdays 9am-5pm- start from £75 

Evenings (5pm onwards) and weekends -start from £80

One-off session for advice/consultation - for students and/or concerned family friends (lasts 1 hour)

Open to students and/or concerned family & friends

Standard rate of £80 

Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel an appointment, please provide 24 hours notice.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Enquire within for available slots

Further information

Sessions are being offered remotely presently due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Bexleyheath
DA7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Dr Sonia Kalsi (CPsychol) Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Dr Sonia Kalsi (CPsychol) Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist