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Dip Couns, Dip Psych, Dip Sup, MBACP

About me

I provide counselling to individuals (over 18), and couples, and am also a clinical supervisor.  I work with a range of everyday life issues such as relationship difficulties, lack of self-confidence, financial worries, depression, stress, anxiety, and bullying. I also have experience of working with trauma, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

I offer a calm, confidential and non-judgmental space where you can talk about whatever it is that’s troubling you, no matter how minor it may seem. Being able to talk, and being listened to and heard, can be a powerful experience.

I can help you to find out what changes you want to make in your life and how to do that, by looking at past and present issues together. We can also look at your values and beliefs and where they came from in relation to your upbringing, and whether they still work for you.

Counselling can help if there’s something getting in the way of how you want to live your life. Every so often, people can become stuck, and my aim is for us to work together to make sense of these times, and to find positive change.

Couples counselling can apply to any relationship: husband-wife, parent-child, siblings, etc. Often in relationships, people feel they’re not being heard or accepted, causing tension. I remain impartial whilst helping you to look at the main aspects of your relationship, eg communication, in order to help you decide how you would like to move forward.

Please feel free to contact me for an initial chat (free of charge and up to 30 mins) to see if you think I’m the right person to work with you.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • 2021  Diploma in Clinical Supervision
  • 2020 Certificate in Couples Counselling (Meridian)
  • 2018  Certificate in Couples Counselling (Langley)
  • 2018  Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • 2017  Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling
  • 2015  Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • 2014  Certificate in Counselling Skills

I worked in voluntary placements for:

  • Rape Crisis, dealing with sexual violence and trauma
  • No 22 Youth & Community Counselling Service, dealing with a range of issues from age 11 - adult

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals - £50 for 50 mins

Couples - £65 for 1 hour

Supervision - £55 for 1 hour

Further information

The BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework underpins the way I work as a counsellor. The BACP believes that counselling can change lives and the Ethical Framework is in place to set high standards regarding proficient and ethical practice.

I hold professional indemnity insurance and an Enhanced DBS.

Milcombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Sophia Papantoniou-Mcdonald

Sophia Papantoniou-Mcdonald