Sonia St John-James - EMDR Accredited Practitioner and Psychotherapist
Feeling for a change? How long, despite all your best efforts of ignoring, avoiding or pretending all is well, have you asked yourself '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) triggered by memories and current situations that frequently become so overwhelming that you’ve started to do things to reduce the anxiety but realise those efforts create new problems? Then let me help you - I work to facilitate your regulation of the dynamic relationship between anxiety, defences, behaviours and feelings that have become phobic or uneasy over time to bring about greater harmony between them all. With this approach you will learn how to experience a full array of healthy feelings with ease – moving you towards mental and emotional equilibrium.
I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). This therapy greatly accelerates the brain's ability to process different traumas, life threatening events and ongoing stressful situations. I have successfully helped mothers who have experienced traumatic births, veterans with combat stress/PTSD and people with problems such as PTSD, road traffic accidents, 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 traumas and PTSD including from WHO (World Health Organisation), NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as well as the NHS.
I have completed a formal Couples Therapy for Depression Training with the internationally renowned Tavistock Relationships a treatment for mild to moderate depression and its impact on the relationship – helping couples understand and navigate through their challenges and work towards repair and greater fulfilment. This was an accredited course and the training is evidenced based and has NHS and NICE recommendations.
Whether your difficulty is to do with your own self-confidence; relationships with others; an event that occurred X number of years ago which continues to haunt; something you have first-hand experience of or something you witnessed – if you hear yourself saying ‘I know logically its over but emotionally it feels as if it happened just yesterday,’ or ‘I need to move on from this, but can’t do it alone,’ then some guided support with your processing could be the ingredient required to get you to a place of ‘feeling a change?’
All the best to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2020 Couple Therapy for Depression - Tavistock Relationships
- 2020 EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
- 2012 EMDR complete 4 part training - Accredited course with EMDR Works
- 2010 MSc in Therapeutic Counselling
- 2007 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- 2006 Introduction to Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
- 1994 BSc Hons in Psychology - London University
Registered / Accredited
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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.
EMDR Association UK
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Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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Fully trained EMDR therapist.
60 min. assessment (face to face/phone) - £80
50 min. individual therapy session - £60 weekdays (£70 Saturdays)
50 min. couples session - £80
90 min. session - £90
50/90 min. EMDR sessions - £80/120
All payments to be made in advance of the session
I mainly see clients on a Friday and some early weekday evenings.
In response to Covid-19 I also see clients face to face online.
I am a registered and accredited member of:
EMDR UK and Europe
I am a registered therapist with the following health insurers: