Counsellor Profile: Sonia Dixon

My name is Sonia and I am a student counsellor passionate about people and being alongside them as they get to the root causes of challenges and difficulties that arise in life.

There are times when what helps the most, is to sit in the presence of another and simply talk about the things that are important to us. This can be, regarding thoughts that we need to process or hurts that we have carried for a long time, such as experiences from childhood. It may also be everyday difficulties that affect our lives and relationships, or behaviours that impact the way we enjoy or see the world around us.

Speaking about these really important issues, to the people we love and care about the most, like friends and family, can be hard to do. As your counsellor, I will create a space that is safe, respectful, confidential and free of judgment so that you, can focus on what matters to you.

Experience

My core training is in Person-Centred therapy, and as a person-centred counsellor, the approach I use is typically considered non-directive, as there is less emphasis on asking lots of questions, offering strategies and telling you what to do; rather, my focus is on offering you the client, a relationship of such quality that change happens.

I am also able to draw on and integrate my years of working within CBT and solution focussed models with clients, where this may be more helpful.

My life has been deeply enriched, through the many opportunities I have had while working closely with people living everyday exceptional lives.

Over the past twenty years, I have worked with individuals addressing issues such as the links between trauma and mental health, adverse childhood experiences and shame, and have worked with issues such as anxiety, depression, complex mental health, addiction, eating disorders and self-harm.

I also have experience supporting individuals to navigate complicated and sometimes harmful relationships and have worked closely with issues such as domestic abuse, cultural abuse, low self-esteem, anger, aggression, and violence.

As a volunteer counsellor for a bereavement charity, I am also privileged to support people in their experience of loss and grief.

These experiences and more have been rich in my life and I am better for them, and I bring this abundance of life and maturity to my work as a student counsellor.

Qualifications/memberships

Level 5 Diploma – Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities
I have just completed Level 4 in counselling and I am currently working towards the final year of my Foundation Degree (Level 5) in counselling with Sheffield Hallam University
Registered student member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certified Transformational Life Coach

Availability

Mondays 13:00 – 20:00
Tuesdays 18:00 – 20:00
Wednesdays 18:00 – 20:00
Thursdays 17:30 – 20:00
Fridays 17:30 – 20:00
Saturdays 09:00 – 13:00