Counsellor East London - Sonia

Counsellor East London – Sonia

Sonia T. Piergiovanni Counselling

About me

I am a qualified integrative counsellor based in East London. As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work within their Code of Ethics.  My core training is in Person-Centred Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

I offer short and long term counselling to adults and adolescents.

Having grown up in Italy in a bilingual environment, I provide sessions in both English and Italian.

My approach

I believe that only when you are able to own the parts of your self that you dislike or find problematic you will be able to change them. A healthy sense of self-acceptance requires freeing oneself from one’s conditioning and embracing forgiveness of self and others.

Counselling is a two way street: it involves personal development and awareness on the part of both the client and the counsellor to be effective. I work in a warm and non-judgmental manner building a positive, genuine and safe therapeutic relationship, which will allow you to disclose your thoughts and feelings.

I will create the necessary conditions for you to engage in a meaningful self-exploration of your emotions, beliefs and behaviours, encouraging you to build upon your personal strengths. I will assist you in your growth process, enabling you to cope with current and future problems.

While you are responsible for making changes in your life, together we can explore your unconscious relationship patterns that evolved from childhood and negative thoughts and perceptions that may be causing distress.

Identifying these patterns will help you move forward toward self-knowledge and positive change to a more fulfilling life. The exploration of emotions formed through your childhood attachments can reveal much about how you live and perceive your life today.

We will focus on the understanding of your past, on being present in the ‘here and now,’ and on building the future, so that all aspects of your experience are examined, honoured and taken care of.

Initial consultation

The initial consultation is our opportunity to decide if the relationship is a fit and we both feel we will be able to work together effectively.

During our first appointment we will explore what you expect to achieve from counselling and discuss realistic time frames for reaching your goals, and agree on how you will measure your progress.

Sessions are usually at the same time, every week.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post-Qualification clinical training in adolescent psychotherapy. The Society of Analytical Psychology – London, UK
  • Certificate of Proficiency. BACP – London, UK
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4). ABC Awards – London, UK
  • BA (Hons) in Humanities (Medical Anthropology). University of Perugia – Italy
  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome Training (The 5P Approach). Linda Miller – London, UK
  • Domestic Violence Training. Solace Women’s Aid – London, UK
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I am attending a foundation course in Jungian and Post–Jungian concepts with the British Psychotherapy Foundation.

I undertake ongoing professional and personal development as part of my commitment to the BACP to build upon my existing skills. For example, I attend training and conferences and take part in supervision and peer supervision sessions to be able to provide optimal treatment.

I have experience working with children and young people as a SEN LSA and school counsellor.

I volunteer at the charitable organisation Positive Tools 4 Life.

I work with a variety of issues, such as:


Bereavement and Loss

Building Confidence & Self-esteem



Domestic Violence

Eating Disorders

Figuring out life directions

Life changes or transitions


Relationship difficulties


I offer a free of charge initial consultation to help you get started.Sonia T. P. Counselling

Therapy session – £45 (off peak commencing before 6pm/post 2pm Saturdays) – £50 (peak). Each session is 50 minutes.

Please note, as of September 2018, the following cancellation / missed appointment policy is in effect:

A full 24 hours notice is required for cancelling appointments. Clients who cancel with less than 24 hrs before your appointment time are billed for the full cost of their scheduled session. If you are uncertain when your next appointment is, please contact meSonia T. P. Counselling.

I am currently unable to accept payment by credit card.

Contact & Locations

Forest Therapy Centre, 75 Station Passage, South Woodford, London E18 1JL

Lily House, 11 The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1BD


Da "Le mani della madre" di Massimo Recalcati

"[…] Il diritto di proprietà sul figlio autorizza la madre al puro arbitrio, al capriccio insensato, all’annientamento dell’altro, al suo assoggettamento. […] Quando il codice materno tende a perdurare al di lá del periodo in cui é funzionale, allora mette in grave pericolo la femminilità e, di conseguenza, il processo di differenziazione tra il bambino e la madre. […] Quando l’amore materno può degradarsi in questo modo? Quando la madre si perde nei propri figli, vive solo per loro, vi si dedica senza limiti. […] In questi casi non é solo la madre che divora il bambino, ma – consacrando follemente la sua vita a quella del figlio – é la donna che viene divorata dalla madre."
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Counselling values: Specific to Therapeutic Practice or Ways of Being?
Should our values, principles, and beliefs–as counsellors and psychotherapists–extend beyond the counselling room, or is it unreasonable to expect therapists to live out these values in their wider lives? For instance, if a therapist was unconditionally accepting with their clients, but then judgmental and critical of their partner, is that something we would rightfully balk at, or be justified in challenging?

Personally, I think I do expect to see some consistency, though whether that’s ‘right’ or not is another matter. Why? I guess I think of those values (for instance, that human beings are growthful or that empathy is a precondition for constructive relating to others) as things that we can’t just ‘switch on’ when we’re counselling, but principles that we hold at a deeper level. So if I see my clients as growthful, I can’t really imagine not seeing other human beings in a similar way. Or, put the other way around, if I feel that it’s quite acceptable to be critical and judgmental to people outside of therapy, that suggests to me that I don’t really hold that deeply to the value of unconditional acceptance.

On the other hand, our role with people outside of the therapy room is not necessarily to help them grow or develop, so why should we feel any responsibility there?

I guess I still feel that that’s not that helpful, and that we’ve got some responsibility to try and find a more emphatic, accepting way of viewing others — even if we don’t manage it all the time. I think, for me, that’s because I see counselling practice as embedded in a wider social and political commitment. It’s something I do, and advocate, but not just as an isolated clinical activity, but as part of a wider striving towards creating a better world. And I see that as something we can do through empathy, and accepting, and celebrating diversity and difference. So it’s not so much, for me, that I feel obliged to hold those values outside of the therapy room. More, that the work I do in therapy is an expression of a wider set of values that I hold.

That doesn’t need to be true (and isn’t true) for every therapist though. I am sure, for many counsellors and psychotherapists, practice is something they do to specifically help people heal from psychological distress, and it doesn’t necessarily come out of any greater social and political commitment. So, in that sense, no, there’s no reason why their practices within therapy should be extended outside. Values are, I think, by definition something that we hold in our lives more generally. So perhaps the answer is that, while we don’t have a responsibility to extend out our practices, we would be expected to extend out our values. The question, then, is whether things like ‘prizing difference and diversity’ or ‘striving to be congruent’ are values or practices? I guess that differs amongst us, but I definitely would align with the former camp: I guess, for me, I find it really hard to see therapy as a purely clinical act.
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