Sophie Atkinson

Chelmsford
Essex
CM2

07881 635524

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Chelmsford
Essex
CM2

07881 635524

About me

As a therapist both within a mental health organisation and a mental health charity as well as my own private practise I understand how emotional difficulties can affect every aspect of your life; your relationships, your work and the way you feel about yourself. It can lead to anxiety, depression, feelings of loss or irritability and a general dissatisfaction with life.

I am aware the thought of meeting with a counsellor or therapist can be daunting. You might be worried that your problems are not serious enough or can find no obvious reason to explain why you feel this way. Or you may have a clear idea of why you are struggling but having this knowledge has not prevented you from suffering or behaving in ways which you find unhelpful but keep repeating.

My role is to provide a confidential, safe and secure space to help you explore these difficulties and so gain a greater understanding of the underlying causes. This can provide a sense of relief, enable changes to be made and give you a greater sense of control over your life. Our work together will aim to give you a better understanding of you as a resource and that you are able to support yourself after our work has finished, giving you more confidence to tackle and deal with things in life in a way which is right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Member of the BACP
  • Psychodynamic counsellor BACP number 679178
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
  • Couples Counselling

I have experience of working both short and long term. I have worked in GP surgeries and I work for the mental health organisation MIND. I have been qualified for over 5 years. Until recently I also worked as a co-leader on a Certificate in Counselling skills course at a Chelmsford based counselling training centre.

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

£40.00 per session for Individual therapy.
£65.00 per session for Couples therapy.

Further information

Who comes for counselling?

Clients come for many different reasons, often when we feel at a crisis point or that we want things to change.  You may have a particular issue that has been troubling you, a pattern of things that keep going wrong or you may feel a general dissatisfaction with life that you cannot quite explain to yourself.

You may have tried other types of counselling before and found they did not seem to work for you or worked for a period of time until something triggered those uncomfortable or difficult feelings or behaviours again.

I am able to offer counselling sessions to individuals and couples aged 18 and over.

Why do people seek counselling?

We seek counselling for many different reasons.  We may be experiencing feelings of depression, isolation, loss, anxiety or low self-esteem that keep them stuck in an uncomfortable place. Or we might be facing a life-changing event, struggling with relationships, grief or anger, or feel unable to cope with the pressures and challenges of life.  We may be confused as to why they react as they do to people or events, or it may be memories from the past, painful occurrences in the present or worries about the future that prevent them from enjoying life as they would wish.

How can counselling help?

Counselling can offer a confidential, supportive service and the opportunity for change. I can provide a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings having been trained to listen in a non-directive way and to facilitate your own resources for change and the resolution of difficulties.

What happens in the initial consultation?

The first meeting will be opportunity to tell me about yourself, to discuss what has brought you to seek therapy, to get a sense of the way we might work together and for us to explore whether what I offer feels right for you.  This is also a time for you to ask any questions you may have.

What happens after that?

We will meet on you on a weekly basis and each session will be 50 minutes.

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM2

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Please contact me to talk about this further.

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