Sonja Kormann - Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)
In psychotherapy and counselling we are concerned with your emotional wellbeing. Through talking with a psychotherapist, you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your patterns, and how you relate to others. This opens up the possibility of new avenues and new ways of being with others, as well as feeling more at ease within oneself.
By coming to psychotherapy you are taking the first step towards change
As a psychotherapist my aim is to create a confidential, sensitive, and supportive environment where you feel able to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. We look at what is happening in your life at present as well as your past, to understand how your life experiences have contributed to the person you are today and to the circumstances that you find yourself in.
I have worked with many clients presenting with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship issues, processing past events and trauma, loss and grief, dealing with illnesses or with major life changes. Sometimes circumstances and feelings can be so overwhelming that people feel stuck, confused, and torn. In therapy we can gain more clarity about where we are at, who we are, and different ways forward.
How does it work?
I work with clients weekly during a regular, mutually agreed, slot. The duration of therapy can be either open-ended or for an agreed time period of six sessions or more, depending on the issues presented. My fee is £50 pounds per session.
I have a diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy as well as a diploma in Transactional Analysis psychotherapeutic counselling. I am a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), UKCP registered and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Transactional Analysis as a therapy approach
Transactional Analysis (TA) began in the 1950ies when Eric Berne developed this new therapy approach. TA was initially a group therapy, part of which was the observation and challenging of patterns of communicating between the members of the group. A ‘unit of communication’, i.e. something communicated to a person and their response back was called a ‘transaction’, hence the name ‘Transactional Analysis’. Over the decades TA has developed to become an effective theoretical framework for the work with individuals and couples. It incorporates many key themes of from humanistic, integrative, psychoanalytical, and psychodynamic therapies.
The philosophical assumptions of TA are that people can think and decide their own destiny, that they can change and that everyone is equal. It assumes that people decide early on in life on an unconscious life plan, a ‘script’, which they will reinforce unconsciously over the years through ‘outdated’ or hindering patterns of behaving, thinking, feeling and relating to others. The idea of therapy is that through the dialogue with the therapist, and by paying attention to the relationship between therapist and client, where such patterns are likely to manifest, this can be brought into consciousness and challenged. Thus the possibility of a new ‘script’, a different way forward, and a new way of being emerges.
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Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.