Counsellor East London – Sonia

Sonia T. Piergiovanni Counselling

About me

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with ten years of experience in education and mental health. After I obtained my Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, I completed a post-qualification Diploma in Jungian Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and Young Adults with the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) in London.

This training has motivated me to work with young adults, particularly 18-25-year olds. Young adults tend to experience more depression and anxiety during the transition period from adolescence to adulthood.

In my private practice I work with both young adults and adults.

I also hold a BA Hons in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Perugia, Italy and I have particular interest in how culture influences our thinking.

As part of my continuing professional development, I attend training with the SAP and the Centre for Contemporary Psychoanalytical Studies – Centro Studi per le Psicoanalisi Contemporanee (CSPC) in Milan, Italy.

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

My approach

I am an integrative Counsellor Psychotherapist with core training in Person-centred and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. My working model is influenced by the main concepts of psychoanalytic thought, Jungian analytic psychology, and by Carl Rogers’s approach to understanding personality and human relationships. My clinical practice has been principally based in secondary schools (Sixth Form) and in private practice.

My approach is non-directive. I will encourage you to talk without censor about your fantasies, fears, beliefs, dreams and memories of your early childhood. You may discover feelings you have pushed out of conscious awareness, so we reflect on how you have developed unconscious defence mechanisms. I encourage you to listen to your own voice and follow your agenda.

Exploring your emotions formed through your childhood attachments can reveal much about how you live and perceive your life today. Becoming aware of unconscious unhelpful patterns in the safety of the therapeutic space might help you gain greater insight into yourself and move towards change.

In my working model I incorporate cultural awareness and sensitivity by respecting diversity in terms of ethnicity, religion, class, gender identity and sexual identity.

How my therapeutic approach can help

In the safe therapeutic setting difficulties can be better understood and relived. You can feel better and more able to face your problems.

It can increase your self-knowledge, and this can help you identify changes that can be made.

You can develop a more functional way of understanding and accepting what cannot be changed.

I offer short-term and long-term therapy. You may choose to focus on a specific problem or on a deeper exploration into different aspects of your personality.

I work both face-to-face and online via (Skype, Zoom, Teams).

Initial consultation

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

Sessions are usually at the same time, every week.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post-Qualification Diploma in Jungian Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and Young Adults. SAP (Society of Analytical Psychology) – London, UK

  • One Year Certificate in Jungian Clinical Practice. SAP (Society of Analytical Psychology) – London, UK

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. ABC Awards – London, UK

  • BA (Hons) in Humanities (Cultural Anthropology). University of Perugia – Italy

  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome Training  WAES – London, UK


I work with a variety of issues, such as:


Bereavement and Loss

Building Confidence & Self-esteem


Chronic Illness

Coping Skills



Domestic Violence

Eating Disorders

Emotional Disturbance

Existential issues

Family Conflict


Life changes or transitions


Racial Identity

Relationship Issues

Self Esteem



Trauma and PTSD


I offer a brief free of charge initial telephone consultation.

In person therapy: £50 (off-peak commencing before 6pm/post 2pm Saturdays), £60 (peak). Each session is 50 minutes.

Online therapy: £40 (off-peak commencing before 6pm/post 2pm Saturdays), £45 (peak). Each session is 50 minutes.

My usual rates are in the range of £40-£60, but some consideration can be given to your particular circumstances. For example, concessions are available for students.

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 hours before their appointment time are billed for the full cost of their scheduled session. 

Contact & Locations

Phone: 07523 550561

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

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