Integrative Psychotherapist,
Counsellor & Coach

"The journey of a thousand
miles begins with the first step"

Welcome! My name is Sonia and I am the founder of Balancing Bridges, an online Psychotherapy, Counselling and Coaching service.

As humans we are continuously moving between who we were, who we are and who we want to be, this service is about supporting you in bridging these parts of you and your life.

Along with being MBACP qualified, I studied Integrative Counselling and Coaching at the University of East London. Integrative means that I am trained to work with a variety of different approaches, tailoring therapy to each individual.

I have always been drawn to supporting others during difficult times, this coupled with a passion for creative expression and communication made me want to become an Integrative Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Coach. Before training as a Counsellor, I worked in the visual art and creative industry. I like to combine what I have learned from that chapter of my career with my counselling skills and techniques, supporting therapeutic healing through dialogue, silence and creative forms of expression.

We can arrange an initial assessment to see if this service is right for you, following this I offer short-term or long-term therapy and coaching. One to one sessions start at £65 payable via bank transfer or standing order, at least 72 hours prior to the start of the session. Any missed sessions or cancellations within 48-hours are non-refundable.

Please ensure that you have a quiet space, a webcam and a reliable internet connection, sessions will be done via Zoom or over the phone if you would prefer. 

I work with clients over the age of 18 at present. If you require help for someone under the age of 18, I recommend contacting the BACP who can advise on therapists for you.

Feel free to get in touch to arrange a free 15 minute chemistry call.

You start by getting in contact to have a free 15 minute chemistry call you can ask questions and we can see if this service is the best fit for you, I’ll be able to recommend a way forward. We can then arrange an initial session. We’ll work together to make sure our sessions are exactly what you need and are achieving the aims you came for.

We take each session at a pace you are comfortable with and in a gentle manner. There are no complicated forms, no list of questions, we will be working together to support you in the way you need.

At the start of our time together, we can decide how many sessions to begin with and review as we go depending on your needs.
Counselling and Psychotherapy 

A safe, confidential environment supporting adults from a range of backgrounds and ages. We take each session at a pace you are comfortable with and in a gentle manner. Together we can support you in the way you need, exploring areas including,  identity, anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, grief, loneliness, self-esteem, trauma, physical, mental and economic abuse.

Personal Consultancy
Personal consultancy integrates counselling and coaching drawing upon appropriate techniques from both disciplines. Approaching sessions with understanding either to work on client's surface or in-depth or concerns. Focused on listening, rebalancing, coaching or supporting a client in each session.

A non-judgmental, collaborative and confidential space that supports you with gaining clarity on personal and professional goals and development. Offering you structure, accountability and actions, moving you from where you are now and closer to living a more purposeful, authentic life and future.

Group Wellbeing & Mental Health 
Bespoke group wellbeing sessions for creatives, actors, artists, theatre and screen productions. This service focuses on offering a safe space to acknowledge the mental health of the group and the individual, taking into consideration the energy and resilience needed to perform and create.

This service can be in person or online, which includes a 90 minute group session and 30 minute individual sessions. This can be a mandatory or optional experience depending on the project.

Prices for this service are assessed on a project by project basis. Please get in contact to find out more.

  • BACP Accredited - Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7) Integrative Counselling and Coaching from the University of East London.
  • Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) 
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills and Level 3 Counselling Studies with Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
  • Creative Counsellor Fellowship  
  • Certified Mental Health First Aider (MHFA)
  • Verified by Psychology Today 
  • ICO Registration (Data Protection)
  • DBS checked
All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential within the bounds of current regulations. I follow the professional and ethical guidelines of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy).
Integrative means that I am trained to work with a variety of different therapy approaches. This knowledge allows me to tailor therapy to each individual.
I offer a 48-hour cancellation period - missed or cancelled sessions after this period will be billed at the per session rate, payable via bank transfer or standing order.
The main difference between a therapeutic relationship and other relationships is that both parties are focussed entirely on the client. You will set the agenda and your therapist will work alongside you, encouraging you to reflect on your feelings in the moment in order for you to gain insight on how your thoughts and feelings affect how you live your life.

Your therapists job is to provide a supportive and reflective environment to affect change in your life. In order to do this they will, of course, bring expertise that may be useful but most importantly will be non-judgemental, warm and understanding towards you. You are the expert of your own unique way of thinking, feeling, and experiencing. Our time together would look to explore your thoughts and feelings and give you the opportunity to work things out for yourself in a safe space.

It’s really important to remember that your therapist is not there to judge you and it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be shocked by anything you may tell them. Your therapist will focus on the past, present and future at various times in your therapeutic journey. How you’re feeling during your sessions is key, and they’ll look to openly discuss how you’re relating to one another. This may feel difficult at first but your therapist will offer encouragement and support so that, in time, these kinds of frank, open discussions become more natural.

I work with clients over the age of 18 at present. If you require help for someone under the age of 18, I recommend contacting the BACP who can advise on therapists for you.
As people we can be in overwhelming situation and require immediate support below are some useful links to organisations that may help support you:
  • GamCare: For if you feel like your gambling is affecting you, or those closest to you.
  • Harmless: A great organisation that are working to overcome issues related to self-harm.
  • Mind: For advice and information on everything mental health.
  • Refuge: Offer fantastic support for women and children that are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Shelter: For if you’re in need of help or advice with housing including homelessness.

You can contact me via email to set up a free 15 minute chemistry call, or alternatively please use this form.