Sonia St John-James - EMDR Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Sonia St John-James - EMDR Counsellor and Psychotherapist

44 Dartford Road
Entrance: Holly Bush Lane
Next Door To La Manica Boutique
TN13 3TQ

07578 921222

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About me

Feeling for a change? How long, despite all your best efforts of ignoring, avoiding or pretending all is well, have you asked yourself silently 'Why can’t I shake this?’  So you're ready to rid yourself of the exhaustion that comes from high levels of anxiety (worry, guilt, shame) which appear in the face of particular memories or situations and frequently become so overwhelming that you’ve started to do things to reduce the anxiety but realise those efforts have created new problems? Then let me help you - I work to facilitate your understanding and regulation of the dynamic relationship between anxiety, defences and feelings that have become phobic over time to bring about greater harmony between them all which enhances your control of them and ability to actually experience a full array of healthy feelings with ease and minus the phobic avoidance – moving you towards mental and emotional equilibrium.

I am a fully qualified EMDR therapist (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) which greatly accelerates the brain's ability to process different traumas, life threatening events and ongoing stressful situations. I have successfully helped veterans with combat stress/PTSD and people with problems such as PTSD, road traffic accidents, traumatic births, sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, burglary, armed robbery, phobias, prolonged grief and attempted murder to name a few). EMDR is evidence based and has at least ten inter/national guideline recommendations for the treatment of PTSD.

Whether it’s to do with your own self-confidence; relationship with others dead or alive; an event that occurred X number of years ago with current triggers or an ongoing event; something that you experienced directly or just witnessed – if you hear yourself saying ‘I know logically its over but emotionally it feels as if it happened just yesterday,’ then it might be some more processing is required to get you to a place of feeling a change?

All the best to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Completed training EMDR Europe Accredited Training Programme, 2012; MSc in Therapeutic Counselling, 2010; Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2007; Introduction to Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, 2006; BSc Hons in Psychology, 1994;

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Fully trained EMDR therapist.


60 mins. assessment (face to face/phone) - £80

50 min. therapy session - £60 weekdays - £70 Saturdays

90 min. session - £90

50/90 min. EMDR sessions - £80/120

All payments to be made in advance of the session

I am a BUPA registered healthcare therapist

Maps & Directions

Sevenoaks, TN13 3TQ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I mainly see clients on a Friday and some early weekday evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults