Quiet Minds Counselling

About Sophia — a Banbury counsellor and psychotherapist

Hello, my name is Sophia Papantoniou-McDonald and I’m a BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist based in Milcombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire. I provide counselling and psychotherapy to people over the age of 18 years, either on a one to one basis or as part of a couple (husband & wife, parent & child, siblings etc). I offer counselling to people who live in Banbury and the surrounding areas, including Bloxham, Hook Norton, Deddington, Adderbury, Aynho, Brackley, and Bicester.

Why counselling?

Sophia Papantoniou McDonald counsellor in Banbury Oxfordshire

I’ve always been interested in why I think the way I do and why other people think the way they do, so embarking on a counselling course seemed the logical step to try and find the answers to some of those questions.

I feel that if I know why I think the things I do, I can understand why I feel and behave the way I do. Five years of study has helped me to understand myself a lot more, and also understand how I can help other people.

It seems the simplest and most effective way to do this is for me to listen while you talk. Together we’ll look at what is troubling you, how to make sense of it and how to deal with it, and also where it may have come from. In theory, if you can understand yourself better, you can make the necessary changes in your life in order to achieve how you want to live.

During my counselling career I have worked with a variety of issues. Each person I’ve worked with has been so different because I believe that we are all unique, and even if we have the same problem, we all deal with it in different ways.

For more about the kind of counselling I offer, see my Counselling page.

My working experiences — counselling and psychotherapy for trauma, self-harm, abuse, and more

Whilst working for Rape Crisis with survivors of sexual abuse, I learnt how hard life can be and how every aspect of it is affected. I also learnt what happens in the brain and body when someone is experiencing trauma. This can be helpful for people to know so that they understand that the brain works independently of our will, and that we are not always in control of our actions or responses.

People have come to me for counselling for an array of different issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, gender orientation, financial worries, work stress, weight issues, phobias, grief and loss.

It is a passion of mine to provide help and support through counselling and psychotherapy to people who have experienced anything which has had a detrimental effect on their lives.

Qualifications, memberships, further training

  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision – in training
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Sexual Violence and Oppression
  • Grief Counselling
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Working with Suicide
  • Anger Management
  • Co-dependency
  • Family Secrets
  • Child Protection Level 1
  • Couples Counselling
  • Psychotropic Medication

I attend regular courses and training sessions as part of my continual learning.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Can I help?

I would be very happy to have a chat on the phone about your needs and how counselling and psychotherapy can help. Please feel free to call me on 07588 133728 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me. Further details about my fees and where to find me can be found on the Contact Me page.