Sophie Williams UKCP, FPC Individual and Couples therapy
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working with both individuals and couples. I believe that one of the most important factors in counselling is the relationship between the counsellor and client. I offer a warm, non-judgemental, confidential space for you to express and explore your current feelings and situation. I am based in Lee Common, close to Great Missenden and Chesham and within easy reach of Amersham, Prestwood, Wendover and surrounding Chiltern area.
You may be looking for counselling support to help you work through a current situation, crisis, depression/anxiety or relationship breakdown, or you may be looking to address longer term difficulties, such as past experiences or repetitive patterns of behaving or relating to others. My practice is informed by psychodynamic theory which understands that as well as present factors, both our past experiences and unconscious conflicts have an impact on how we think, feel and behave in the present.
If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling or psychotherapy with me, please leave a telephone message or email and I will contact you to arrange an initial consultation. This would last for an hour to give us plenty of time to discuss your current situation and to decide whether counselling/psychotherapy is right for you now.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at WPF Therapy London recognised as one of the leading training organisations.
Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF)
Post-graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling/Psychotherapy (WPF)
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (WPF)
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Open University/BACP coronavirus primer course in counselling online
I am a professional member and a registered Psychotherapist with UKCP and FPC and abide by their codes of ethics and good practice.
I currently work full-time in private practice. For several years I also worked as a staff counsellor and assessment counsellor at a local counselling centre.
I was Joint Chair of the Counsellor's Section and a Board member of the FPC (Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling) 2009-2010, and am actively involved in professional activities.
As part of my continuing professional development I attend several conferences and training seminars each year.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Many people today struggle with their sense of identity, with who they are, with a poorly defined or fragmented sense of 'self'. The process of therapy can help you develop a more confident and integrated sense of who you are so that you can have more satisfying relationships and fulfill your potential in other areas of your life.
Concessions offered for
Individual clients, my fee is £65 for a once-weekly 50 minute session. I am willing to negotiate a reduced fee for clients on a low income.
My fee for an initial consultation of an hour is £65.
For couples, my fee is £75 for a one hour session.
Initial consultations are £75 for an hour.
During the Covid-19 pandemic I am offering online and telephone counselling sessions in addition to face to face sessions.