Sonica Mushi - MBACP, BA (Psych),
One of the biggest problems we are struggling with in society at the moment is social anxiety. As if the pandemic didn't cause enough destruction, we are now faced with the fears of going back to life as it was before. People have adapted to being isolated and we don't know how to be present in groups anymore. We have had to create safety for ourselves and now we have to go back into the world that has been unpredictable and scary.
People generally ask these questions when seeking therapy:
Why am I feeling or behaving this way?
What is keeping me in this place or stuck in this pattern?
What changes need to happen for me to move forward?
I am here to help. Throughout our sessions, you will find a safe space in which you may discuss your feelings and explore your own insight through the power of a collaborative therapeutic relationship. We will focus on actively engaging towards your goals and help you reach your greater potential. You will draw on your own personal strengths as well as develop an understanding of your feelings and needs.
I'm trained to use an integrative style which means that we can work on a plan that suits your needs and circumstances. I use a combination of psychodynamic approach, person-centred counselling, emotionally focused therapy (EFT) which is based on attachment theory, schema therapy and CBT.
I see both couples and individuals in Hammersmith (2 minutes from the main station). I can offer short and long term counselling.
I also have years of experience in working with couples who are from different cultures. Culture plays such an important role on our relationships and this is complicated even more when children come into the picture. The greatest gift you can give yourself as a cross-cultural couple, is seeking therapy to understand the colourful picture our culture can paint if we use it to benefit our relationships.
I provide a free initial phone call lasting up to 30 minutes.
Sessions are 50 minutes long. During our assessment, we will talk about what it is you would like from therapy and I will take information about your history and demographic details.
If you are interested in therapy or learning a few skills and do not want to commit to weekly sessions, please get in touch to join my webinar that currently runs once a month. There are only ten spaces available and it lasts 4 hours but will teach you skills on how to deal with uncertainty, how to minimize anxiety, how to reduce all-or-nothing and how to communicate more effectively. I put the webinar together when I realised that these are elements that a lot of people struggle with and have found helpful to learn as part of their therapeutic journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have BA degrees in Journalism and Psychology through RAU (South Africa) and UNISA (South Africa). I also have an AIM awards Level 2 Certificate and a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I have experience in women’s group facilitation, one to one counselling and couples counselling. My training was in integrative counselling which included training in:
- Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for couples,
- Schema Therapy
- Humanistic approach
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Trauma therapy
I have worked for non-profit organisations and in Private Practice including:
- CPT in Covent Garden
- Crossroads-Services (which is my Private Practice)
I also have an extensive history in volunteering with people in later stages in life, children, and families of people with chronic or terminal illness.
I provide face to face, zoom, WhatsApp and phone sessions and have clients in several countries.
As part of my CPD, I am undergoing further training in Schema Therapy, Attachment Therapy and therapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
I have worked for a daily newspaper in South Africa before coming over to England. I have also worked in the legal field for 12 years. When I'm not seeing clients, I do volunteer work and write articles and parenting book reviews. My Instagram page is @crossroadsservices.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£70 for individuals
£90 for couples
I am currently running groups over 6 weeks for those who want to be more resilient, cope better with uncertainty and reduce stress and anxiety. These are small groups and are hosted on zoom. It runs for two hours on a Saturday. Please contact me for more information as these groups get booked quickly.