Sonia Minards (MBACP)
I’m an experienced counsellor working with individuals and couples to support them through life’s difficulties. These difficulties may be caused by specific life events such as; starting or expanding your family, marriage, separation and divorce, career transitions, redundancy, illness, bereavement and loss. Or you may be experiencing feelings of; overwhelm, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, attacks on your self esteem, loss of meaning & life direction.
I provide an open, nurturing, and non-judgemental space, through both via face-to-face and online therapy, to explore these feelings and experiences. I work with empathy and compassion to support you in this therapeutic process, so that over time you can expect to see the impact in your daily life.
Together we will look at the issues behind the challenges you’re facing, exploring ways to help you question your assumptions, face your blocks, and develop a greater sense of purpose and meaning.
Issues I work with include:
- Anxiety, stress, and overwhelm - including generalised anxiety disorder
- Depression - low mood, sadness, feelings of despair, loneliness, isolation, and questions around life direction and meaning
- Low confidence and self esteem
- Challenges with identity and purpose
- Damaging coping mechanisms - addiction, self-harm, damaging eating behaviours, and issues with anger management
- Loss, illness, and bereavement
- Relationship and family challenges - relationship problems, family worries and issues, starting or expanding your family, marriage, separation and divorce
- Pressures and challenges at work - negotiating work relationships, low self-esteem and imposter syndrome, career transitions, over-ambition, dissatisfaction and loss of meaning
- Work relationships - navigating competitive and / or male-dominated environments, building confidence, and developing leadership skills
I understand that seeking counselling can be a big step, but for many it is the most profound step towards transforming.
Training, qualifications & experience
We can work together for a specific period or on an open-ended basis depending on your needs and challenges at that time. I work on a weekly basis with my clients, we will schedule a regular, mutually convenient day and time for our sessions. This will be your dedicated weekly slot, and each session will last 50 minutes.
I work both online and face-to-face in two locations - Muswell Hill (N10) in North London, and in Central London (W1K).
I am qualified in Psychosynthesis Counselling, an integrative approach which looks at the causes of the issues you are facing, and focuses on moving forwards with renewed meaning and purpose. I am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and I operate under their ethical framework.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
I operate a sliding scale fee structure linked to your income level, please contact me for more details.
Sessions can take place before, during, or after working hours, depending on availability.
Please contact me by email or phone if you would like to find out more about working with me. I can also offer an initial 15-minute free phone consultation to discuss how I may be able to assist you.
If you would like to proceed from there we would then book an initial 50 minute session to meet each other, and discuss in detail what has brought you to counselling, how we may work together, and for you to ask any questions you may have.