Sophie Waterhouse MA MBACP (Accred)
I am a humanistic psychotherapist offering counselling, psychotherapy and expressive arts therapy to individuals, couples and groups. I practise in Finsbury Park, North London and in Hastings, East Sussex.
As a therapist I am empathetic and straightforward. Humanistic psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of the therapist being present as a full person not a remote figure playing a role. I draw on gestalt approaches, which means the focus of sessions is on the here and now and what is working or not working right now. I also work formatively, which involves looking at the body-mind connection and how we embody thoughts and feelings. Often a good way to begin to undo a response such as anxiety is to look at how the feeling is embodied.
Some of the areas I work with are relationship issues, couples therapy, life crises and transitions, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger, work-related issues, creativity and spirituality. I have a particular interest in how we develop a sense of authenticity and meaning in our lives as a prerequisite for a deeply rooted sense of well-being.
I have an additional training in the area of creativity and an abiding interest in the role of both creativity and contact with nature in mental health. I have studied shamanic journeying for more than a decade and teach a shamanic journeying course, which explores our spiritual connection with the natural world.
My Masters training at the California Institute of Integral Studies also included exploration of transpersonal psychology - the area where psychology and spirituality intersect. This area has been and remains an important part of my own journey and I have studied with a number of teachers in the field of nondual consciousness.
Therapy is a conversation in which the focus is on what most concerns you right now. It provides an opportunity to be listened to in confidence and without judgment.
You may have a sense that something is not working for you but not know exactly what it is, or you may be very clear where there is a problem - whatever your situation I will work with you to develop clarity and awareness and to help you find the solutions that are right for you.
I will work with you not only to understand what it is that is creating difficulties, but also to get clear on how, concretely, you can make changes, do things differently and move forward positively.
One of the central questions we face as humans is how to be in relationship with others while also being true to ourselves. It is this dilemma between the need for intimacy and the need for autonomy that couples therapy fundamentally addresses.
Difficulties can arise through poor communication and through differences in expectations of what a relationship means and entails.
Difficulties can also arise simply through the fact of difference - we are not all the same and differences in how we operate and move through the world (literally sometimes the different speeds at which we do things) can create conflict that needs to be addressed and managed.
In long-term relationships maintaining desire and passion is often challenging.
An affair can bring a relationship to a critical turning point.
Couples therapy is an opportunity to take a closer look at what you each bring to the relationship, what you create together and what you would like for the relationship. People often think you should only resort to couples therapy if you have hit a rocky patch, but reflecting on your relationship is something that can be highly constructive and rewarding at any time and can serve to strengthen and deepen a relationship in a very satisfying way.
I was born and grew up in London. I studied philosophy and history for my bachelors, focusing on French and African history. I then trained in film production before moving to live in Greece in my late twenties. After five years in Greece I moved to America. I returned to the UK in 2006 after thirteen years abroad writing, doing further training and working. Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in film. Creativity has long been an important part of my life. My current creative involvements mainly revolve around psychotherapy, writing fiction and poetry, experimenting with visual arts and cooking.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am British but trained in the United States. I have a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. CIIS is an accredited institute and its psychology training programmes fulfil the rigorous academic requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and state licensing laws for psychotherapy. California has one of the toughest state licenses for psychotherapy in the United States. I completed my clinical practicum at Berkeley Creative Living Center, a drop-in day care centre for chronically mentally ill clients in Berkeley, California. Since returning to the UK I have continued my training and personal work at Spectrum in north London where I am a practitioner.
My training includes a focus on the therapeutic use of the arts and if you are interested in including some arts work in sessions this is something I can offer in addition to talking. Drawing, collage, creative writing, poetry, drama and sandplay can all be usefully incorporated into sessions.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and on the BACP Register. I am in supervision and continuing professional development at Spectrum. Spectrum is a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) member organisation. I am bound by the codes of ethics of BACP and Spectrum. I am also a professional member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA).
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Expressive Arts Therapy
Individual sessions are £70 per 50 minute session.
Couples sessions are £80 per 60 minute session.
Individual sessions are £60 per 50 minute session.
Couples sessions are £70 per 60 minute session.
If you would like to book a first session, please call me on 07877 453477 or send me a message as above.