Integrative Counsellor Registered (MBACP) BA (Hons)
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Hi I am Sonia. Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
People come to me feeling overwhelmed, numb, fearful and unable to find the words to describe what they are experiencing. They are often deeply distressed and unable to cope with their life and/or relationships. As a counsellor I help clients to explore their difficult thoughts, feelings and sensations.
I am an Integrative Therapist/Counsellor which put simply means I am able to adapt my practice to suit your need. My approach is kind and gentle. I have specialist experience of working with anxiety and depression. I have many years experience of working with people who have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
My approach enables me to work creatively with my clients should they choose to do so. Clients have often expressed that working in this way whether through, art, writing, visualisation or with objects enables them to express themselves when they are unable to find the words. Sometimes clients will say that they just want to talk.
I can help with the following:
- Anxiety, including but not limited to, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks) and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Depression including Seasonal Affective Disorder and Persistent Depression
- Feelings related to low self worth and self esteem
- Conflicting and recurring thoughts or feelings such as persistent worry, guilt, overwhelm, anger and emptiness
- Difficulties in relationships - including making connections to others and/or sustaining relationships
- Loss and Grief related to change of circumstances, including but not limited to, changes in health, loss of relationships, loss of financial stability, loss of sense of self
- Bereavement including pet bereavement.
- Processing Trauma
The people that I see often express feeling fearful about making the initial contact and a sense of immediate relief following the session.
Our sessions will always be led by you. You choose what you wish to bring to the sessions and how you would like to work. You will never be required to share anything that you do not wish to.
I know it can feel really hard to pick up a phone to a stranger and tell them that you need to talk about your personal thoughts and feelings. Please do not be scared. I work in a very gentle, open, honest way and will not judge you.
If you are interested in finding out more about how we could work together you can enquire or arrange a free initial 30 minute session by phone, text or email. I would welcome any questions that you may have.
What Happens at an Initial Meeting?
It is important to me that you find the counsellor that is right for you. During our initial 30 minute session you can discuss what you would like from counselling and you will be provided with the space to ask any questions or address any fears that you may have. We can take the time to discuss how we may work together. During this session if I felt that I could not offer what you required I would do my best to recommend another counsellor or practitioner that may be able to support you. I want what is best for you. There is no expectation that you make a decision or book an appointment after the session.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4)
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (NCS and Acto Approved)
Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (Result Pending)
Janina Fisher Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP Level 1) October 2021
Ongoing Continuing Professional Development and training.
B.A (Hons) Degree in English Literature and Language studies
Diploma in Nursing
Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sectors (CTLLS)
I gained my initial experience as a Counsellor at the Wolseley Trust working with people who predominantly were experiencing anxiety and depression including suicidal ideation. I have also spent time working with 11-18 year olds in School I am currently employed part time by the Wolseley trust and the Primary Care Network (Sound) to deliver counselling within G.P surgeries. I have a part time private practice.
Prior to training to become a Counsellor/ Therapist I worked for the M.E Association on their helpline M.E Connect. During this time I provided support and information to those who had been affected by M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome. I also worked as a nurse from 2002 until 2015 in the N.H.S and with the elderly in the private sector. My experience as nurse and and on the M.E Association's helpline has enabled to gain insight into the impact of chronic ill health on individuals and those who support them. Specifically, it has provided me with a greater understanding of difficulties that individuals face living with a fluctuating, debilitating conditions and invisible disabilities.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer an initial 30 minute session free of charge. Following the initial session I charge £45. The sessions are 50 minutes long . I currently offer counselling via phone, online using Zoom and face to face counselling. The face to face counselling takes place in a office within my own home.
Payment is currently taken by bank transfer or cash.
When I work
My working day begins at 0800 and my final appointment for the day is 7pm.
My aim is to offer counselling that is accessible. I do offer a limited number of concessionary spaces so please feel free to ask if the full fee is not viable for you.