Sophie Livingstone MA, MBACP (Snr. Accred.), UKCP, COSRT registered
Life is inherently stressful and it is not always easy to know whether we are dealing as well as we can with the strains of living, or whether the way we are responding to life's complexities is a problem in itself. Emotional difficulties are common and can be very draining. These difficulties show up in many ways - in depression, anxiety and relationship problems, compulsive or addictive behaviours, feelings of unreality and disconnection, or other distressing symptoms. You may be struggling to work and concentrate, find yourself feeling irritable, tearful and angry, or feel unable to function and cope.
Sometimes there is a clear-cut diagnosis, such as anorexia, anxiety disorder, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress. But often, the problem is more diffuse. You may have become aware that your symptoms, or aspects of your personality, make life difficult for you. You may find yourself behaving in self destructive ways that interfere with your happiness and wellbeing, or that of people close to you. Experiences in your recent or distant past can leave you feeling unhappy or even traumatised; or you could be dealing with a current crisis, such as a bereavement or separation, work place issues, or a serious health problem.
I offer a calm, confidential, supportive, respectful and non-judgmental space to help you work through the problems and difficulties you are facing. People usually find therapy enormously helpful, if not straight away, then once it has 'got going'. My approach is integrative, combining practical, behavioural/psycho-educational methods with deeper emotional exploration. I am informed by the latest thinking about anxiety disorders and depression, and principles of mindfulness; as well as attachment theory and contemporary psychoanalytic thinking. I also believe that the social and cultural context in which we live has impact upon our mental health, and it can sometimes be enlightening and helpful to explore this.
Therapy offers a space for insight, understanding, growth and change. It is a safe, confidential place to share what is immensely difficult, but it can involve humour and laughter too. This is also an important part of coming to terms with hardships and loss, and of healing.
People seek help for many different reasons and each person's therapy follows its own unique path. It is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. The best way to see whether we could work together is to come for a session, though I am happy to consult initially by phone or email. You can also click on my website link (above) for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a therapist for over 12 years, working with a huge variety of issues and problems. I have extensive training in integrative and humanistic psychotherapy; and post-graduate training in psychosexual and relationship therapy, for which I received the London Diploma Distinction Award. I offer:
- Individual therapy to adults
- Relationship therapy to couples
- Psychosexual therapy for sexual problems, to both couples and individuals
I currently work in private practice in the Portobello Road area of west London, and for Innisfree Therapy, an addiction clinic in central London. Previously I was a staff counsellor for Barts and The London NHS Trust and later for the London Ambulance Service. I worked as a therapist and counselling co-ordinator at The Help Counselling Centre on Portobello Road, and have also counselled people for Westminster Mind. For several years I was a therapeutic bodyworker in Los Angeles. Prior to this I worked in the film business.
- Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy
- Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy / Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Certificate in working with Sex Addiction & Compulsivity
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
- Certificate in Working with Addiction and Eating Disorders
- BACP Senior Accredited
- UKCP registered
- COSRT registered
I regularly attend Continued Professional Development training/conferences in order to keep up with developments in contemporary practice and maintain the requirements of accreditation. I am fully insured. I undertake regular supervision to ensure my work remains ethical and competent.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sexual compulsivity / sex addiction; I have a particular interest in working with women dealing with these issues.
Individuals: £60 per session
Couples: £90 per session
Concessions sometimes available
I also offer supervision to qualified and training counsellors and therapists, and to other helping professionals.
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Supervision & training
I offer supervision to both trainees and experienced therapists.View supervision profile