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Sonya Suter Counsellor & Life Coach (Reg MBACP) Counselling & Coaching Division

Mansfield NG18 & Heanor DE75
07852 190318 07852 190318

About me

I qualified as a counsellor in 2003. Since this time I have been working with people who have experienced emotionally difficult times. I began counselling as I wanted to help individuals take a personal and private journey into their inner self in a safe and warm environment. Helping facilitate change, identifying own needs or unblocking areas where you may feel stuck or lost. I have experienced how fulfilling and liberating therapy can be and how the benefits of counselling can change peoples lives and help devise new coping strategies to help manage life.

My experience
I have worked with many clients who have had experienced the above or more specific issues such has abuse, domestic violence, loss, relationship difficulties, identity issues, addiction, anxiety, panic, family issues, PTSD, sexuality and many other specific matters.

I have set up two successful counselling services one within the Criminal Justice Service in the community and one with in a Prison setting. I have my own private practice working as a Counsellor and Life Coach in Mansfield, Derby and Heanor.

About my service.
I work from clinics that provide other services within the community. Car parking is available on site or close by.
I offer long and short term counselling in a confidential environment. I provide clients with a safe space and a non judgemental setting to help you explore all aspects of you and your life. I feel it is important for you to feel the freedom to be yourself in our sessions.   I am very passionate and committed to my work. I believe in the process of therapy and the people I see. Therapy in the beginning can sometimes feel a little difficult especially if working with the past or a present trauma. Some are scared of the unknown and what lies on the other side of therapy. Many may try to put difficulties to one side and find distractions which sometimes helps for a short period of time. You may feel that you should be strong and get through difficult times by yourself and not burden others. However, our bodies are very clever and it can do this for only so long. Eventually it takes its toll on our well being and day to day functioning. Consequently our mood, motivation, thoughts, decision making, tolerance, relationships and many other aspects of our lives can become affected. Our heads can feel so full that it makes thinking clearly very difficult and in some cases impossible. You may begin to feel overwhelmed.

With the right therapist and commitment to yourself this can be changed. I am not here to tell you what you should or should not do. I am here to guide you via knowledge and experience to help you explore choice, direction, coping strategies or what ever you are searching for.

It is an opportunity for you explore you, your needs and what gets in the way. We often forget about ourselves and focus on others, what is expected of us and get caught up in the roles we play in life leading to poor self confidence and poor inner belief. Sometimes feeling like we have an existence rather feeling like a human with feelings. Counselling will help you with this.

Life Coaching and Mentoring
I am a qualified Life Cach and Mentor. In Coaching sessions the focus will be on you taking the present and considering how to enhance your future or exploring the changes you feel you want to make to enhance your life. Coaching is about exploring what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. Many of us have so many ideas, skills, goals and aspirations in life yet find life can take over and we can become distracted leaving us feeling un-fulfilled or dissatisfied with life. This service is about assisting you re-foucs and reach your goals or full potential.
I can work with individuals or organisations.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with people who have experienced loss, bereavement, abuse, marriage and relationship difficulties, people affected by drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, cultural difficulties, domestic violence, anxiety and depression, poor self esteem and confidence, and offending behaviour. I have experience of working withh people who have been diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD and Asperger's.

I have a huge amount of knowledge and experience around individuals and families who have become dependent on illegal substances, alcohol and prescribed medication such as depressants, benzodiazipines and pain killers. I have helped many people who have turned to such substances in the past as they felt it has masked the pain of other underlying issues, but not taken the pain away. Dealing with the underlying cause has helped individuals to understand their thoughts and feelings and find new ways of coping and managing. I have worked with victims of sexual abuse for 6 years. I currently deliver group work around identity, women's groups, and addiction related groups.


  • I am currently working towards an MSC in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Level 5 Certificate in Life Coaching and Mentoring
  • Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (BACP Endorsed)
  • Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
  • Certificate in Substance Misuse.

I am currently studying Attachment, CBT and Person Centred Theories in my MSC studies. In my coaching I focus on many tools and strategies to help achieve personal goals in life. My Diploma in Children helped me to understand the complexities and developmental strategies of working with children and teenagers. My diploma in Counselling was primarily in Person Centred Counselling, with a focus on CBT, TA, Gestalt, CEBT and Psychodynamic approaches. Finally my level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse has helped me understand the effects drugs and alcohol have upon the brain, given me a better understanding of addiction, and how therapy helps.

Continued Personal Development

I have attend and continue to attend other courses relevant to my work. These have included...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Advanced Alcohol
Dual Diagnosis
Legal Highs
Seeds for Effective Change
Motivational Interviewing
Group Work
Child Protection
Appreciating Difference
Sex Addiction
Mental Health

I have a Supervisor who I see once a month for 1.5 hours which is a requirement of the BACP (British Association for Counsellor and Psychotherapists). I also see a coach who I choose to see independently. I feel in order for me to help others and help you find your way in life I have a personal responsibility to make sure I am functioning to my best ability in aspects of my life too.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with


loss of identity

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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£40 per session



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Daytimes, evenings and weekends. I am flexibile with my working hours and able to accommodate people who work shifts or unusual hours.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Sonya Suter Counsellor & Life Coach (Reg MBACP) Counselling & Coaching Division

Sonya Suter Counsellor & Life Coach (Reg MBACP) Counselling & Coaching Division