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Sophia Papantoniou-McDonald, Dip Couns, Dip Psych, MBACP

Milcombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15
07588 133728 07588 133728
Milcombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15

About me


Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and subsequent lockdown, I am offering telephone or Skype/Zoom/WhatsApp video sessions to clients who would like counselling.

I provide counselling for a range of everyday life issues such as relationship difficulties, bullying, lack of self-confidence, financial worries, depression, stress and anxiety, either as an individual or as a couple.

I’ve also had a lot of experience working with trauma, sexual abuse past or present, domestic abuse, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

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.

I can offer you a calm, confidential and non-judgmental space in which to talk over whatever it is that’s troubling you. Sometimes, people tell me that they don’t think their problem is serious enough to warrant counselling, but I believe if there’s something on your mind that’s getting in the way of you leading your life the way you want to, then it’s worth having a look at.  I also see how valuable the power of talking can be in helping you do that.

Together we can look at whatever might be going on for you at the moment.  As a counsellor, I have an understanding that at times, people will experience areas of their life that are difficult and cause them to be stuck. My aim is to work with you to be able to make sense of these areas in order to find positive change.

I also offer couples counselling.  This can apply to any relationship:  husband-wife, parent-child, siblings, etc.  Often when in close relationships, people can feel they’re not being heard or accepted, and relationships can become strained.  Whilst remaining impartial, I will help you to look at the main aspects of your relationship, such as communication and trust, in order to help you both decide how you would like to move forward.

Contact me and we can have an initial chat to see how I can help you.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • 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 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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


Individuals - £45 for 50mins                                                                                           Couples - £60 for 1 hour

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

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.

Milcombe, Banbury

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Sophia Papantoniou-McDonald, Dip Couns, Dip Psych, MBACP

Sophia Papantoniou-McDonald, Dip Couns, Dip Psych, MBACP