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 living in Banbury and the surrounding areas, including Bloxham, Hook Norton, Deddington, Adderbury, Aynho, Brackley, and Bicester.
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
Working with children and young people gave me an insight into how they view our modern world, and how they find it difficult to understand and talk about their feelings. Also the challenges they have in their relationships with their peers, their parents and with themselves.
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.
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 Integrative Humanistic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Sexual Violence and Oppression
- Grief Counselling
- Domestic Abuse
- Working with Suicide
- Anger Management
- Family Secrets
- Child Protection Level 1
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?