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Sonia Dugay, BACP

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Hi, I am a registered Counsellor in the South of UK. I have worked with many different clients having spent some time in a support centre for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Survivors of such a trauma can bring many different issues to the Counselling space such as Anxiety, Anger management issues, Low Self Esteem, Intimacy Difficulties, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Relationship problems and these are some of the issues that I have worked with predominantly.
I have been working in Private Practice more recently and during the lockdown which brought different types of mental health problems to people. Some of whom were young adults, with issues such as Loneliness, Anxiety and Career changes. Others were in a mid life crisis, struggling with relationship issues or low confidence difficulties.

I have also counselled people with issues surrounding DNA surprises.

Some of these problems are very difficult to talk about and taking the first step is often hard to do. However, talking about your troubles and finding yourself listened to by someone who is not going to judge is a wonderful feeling. I can offer you a space to offload your troubles and together we can try to find a solution so that you can make your way into the future with a bit more hope. My approach is to listen to the client and hear what you need instead of telling you what you should do; a Person Centred Theory which believes that the client has the answer. The way forward is to draw the answers from you by listening carefully to the 'inner you' .
I also use a psycohdynamic theory which goes a bit deeper into your life in order to explain why some of your issues may exist because inside every adult is a child who had experiences that may still need addressing.

On a personal note I believe strongly that any form of exercise helps enormously with mental health and for me a brisk walk or dance class helps put me back on my feet if life gets tough.
My up bringing was basically Christian but not very deep at all and I don't consider myself to be of any particular religion now. However, I am interested in all religions and believe myself to be open to understanding other cultures. I respect the fact that religion is very important to many people in all sorts of different ways --good and bad.
I am friendly, warm and interested in others. I look forward to meeting you.

Professional experience

6yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Caregiver issues and stress, Commitment Issues, Control issues, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Pregnancy and childbirth, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Women's issues, Workplace issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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Credentials information

BACP Counsellor #386067

BACP Therapist - Registered Member MBACP #386067

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Sonia Dugay. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

She’s very understanding and really have a lovely subtle way of calming you down as you’re speaking to her. She always makes me feel a lot better. She is even funny as well and makes a few jokes here and there that can make you laugh, which is something I really appreciate about her. She’s really great! My first experience with therapy and I’m honestly glad and grateful it was with her. Thank you Ms. Sonia!

Written on Jun 22, 2024 after therapy with Sonia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

I think Sonia is compassionate, kind and expert at her work. She is caring and is always ready to give advice. I would definitely recommend her as a professional

Written on Jun 11, 2024 after therapy with Sonia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Sonia has been an important part in my journey to understanding and dealing with some past trauma and how this has effected my life now. She's there to listen no matter what subject I wish to discuss and has been a massive support during some life changes that I have made. I am a long way off from where I need to be but knowing Sonia is there for every step gives me the strength and confidence to know I can get through what I need to do to make my life better

Written on Jun 03, 2024 after therapy with Sonia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Sonia is an excellent listener, very respectful, professional and open minded. I have managed to build trust with her, which helped me open up and find solutions to my problems. I fully recommend her as a therapist.

Written on Apr 28, 2024 after therapy with Sonia for 3 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Sonia's aura is very nurturing and warm. She welcomes you with a smile that portrays a safe space for you and your thoughts.

Written on Mar 25, 2024 after therapy with Sonia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

She listens and makes you feel heard. I can't recommend her enough. :)

Written on Feb 15, 2024 after therapy with Sonia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes