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About me

*** I am unable to take on any new clients at the moment.***

I provide counselling to individuals (over 18), and couples, and am also a clinical supervisor-in-training.  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.

For supervision, I can offer counsellors a discounted session rate to ensure you’re working with clients to the best of your ability.

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


  • 2020  Diploma in Clinical Supervision (ongoing)
  • 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

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Individuals - £50 for 50 mins

Couples - £65 for 1 hour

Supervision - £45 for 1 hour

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

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

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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

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