I am an experienced psychotherapist, warm, kind and easy to talk to. Working together we will explore the challenges and struggles you are facing so that you can live with a greater sense of wellbeing and self-confidence.
While our experiences growing up impact and shape who we are as adults, I believe that we all have the capacity for change. Through a process of understanding, learning, healing and growth, therapy can lead to a profound sense of meaning in our lives, helping us to discover who we are and how we want to be in the world.
Delving into the past is not the only way to live more satisfyingly in the present. For some clients this forms an essential part of the therapy, for others, staying with the here and now, working with how we are in the present, exploring new ways of dealing with the struggles we are facing today, is the key to change.
Therapy can be short term or open-ended, for as long as you find it helpful. We start by having an initial session which is an opportunity for you to begin to explore the issues that you are struggling with as well as getting to know me and how I work and giving me a chance to get to know you. After agreeing to work together, we book a series of face to face sessions in London or a combination of face to face and Zoom sessions.
I practise in London for two consecutive weeks each month (except for April and August). This means that you would have two consecutive sessions a month face to face. In between face to face sessions in London I am available for Zoom sessions which can be arranged on a regular or ad hoc basis.
We review our work together regularly so that you and I both ensure that you are getting what you want.
As well as being a leading practitioner in the field of eating disorders and body image, I have extensive experience of working with stress, depression, anxiety, relationships, parenting and sexuality.
Therapy on Zoom
I have been working with clients from all around the world online and on the phone for over 10 years. This is a very effective solution for anyone who cannot regularly get to my practice for face to face sessions. It is also possible to mix both, with some weeks in person and some online. I use a platform called ZOOM which is more stable than Skype and does not require you to have an account or profile, which makes it more private and secure.
Teenagers and Young People
I am experienced at working with young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who are struggling with a variety of issues such as self harm, eating disorders, self esteem, sexuality, school, education and identity.
I particularly enjoy working with couples, whatever their struggles. I have worked with couples considering becoming parents, in some cases where one wants children and the other doesn't, and I have supported couples facing challenges with infidelity, commitment, trust, compatibility, communication, sex and sexuality and separation and divorce.
Walk & Talk
I offer walk and talk sessions on the Heath in Hampstead. Please call me if you would like more information.
Feedback from past clients
Some clients have chosen to write a few words about their experience of working with me, for the benefit of prospective clients. Their testimonials are reproduced here with their permission.
"I have worked with a number of psychotherapists in the past & had rather come to the opinion that talking therapies don't actually change anything, they just keep the problem alive. However, working with Sophie has completely changed my mind!
She is a very gifted therapist and the work we have done together has profoundly & positively changed the way I see myself, others & life in general. The results have been long lasting & life changing.
Sophie is warm, easy to talk to, really knows her stuff & I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend her to anyone." EE
"Sophie's deep care and insight is an absolute bonus to have in my life. I've come to know myself a lot better." TK
“Sophie’s kind, gentle way and fabulous sense of humour made my first ever experience of counselling a motivational and inspirational experience. I can’t recommend spending time with her highly enough.”SC
"Talking about such personal issues could have been incredibly daunting and difficult but with the help, encouragement and support of Sophie, I found myself opening up in a way I really hadn’t expected. Years of inappropriate ideas, behaviours and feelings were gently exposed, unravelled and understood and I now feel I have the tools and, most importantly, the courage to help me on my way" CH
"Despite Sophie being in London and me in Birmingham I felt sure that a one to one approach was best for me. We worked together between January 2010 and September 2011 and I can say without a shred of doubt it has been the best investment I have ever made in my personal development, and the best gift I could have given myself.
I work as a coach and run a training company and have probably spent £1000s over the years ‘working on’ myself, including 100s of hours of coaching, and whilst I respect and love what coaching can do for people, the therapy I had with Sophie reached the parts other interventions have never been able to…and resolved them.
I travelled from Birmingham once a month to see Sophie for a 90 min session, which worked perfectly for me, giving me plenty of reflection time and opportunity between sessions to do lots of ‘noticing’ Sophie is a wonderful therapist: warm, curious, encouraging, patient, friendly and engaging.
I loved our sessions, every single one, tears and all. I felt absolutely safe and able to explore places emotionally that I had never even thought existed. I felt completely held while I wrestled with some very low points". SV
“Before starting sessions with Sophie, I had huge preconceptions (and fears!) about what therapy might entail. To my relief, the 1 to 1 work provided exactly what I needed.
Throughout these sessions, support was key. Sophie was there to guide me through a process that allowed me to reach my own conclusions and decisions. Letting me talk when I needed to or asking questions at just the right moment, Sophie provided a safe environment to work with the issues that matter to me." HB
"Sophie was supportive, gentle and challenging all in helpful proportion as I used my relationship with food as a way of exploring other difficulties in my life. One to one work has been a great help and support." SL
"Sophie taught me some excellent techniques to identify and silence my demons and I looked forward to each session as valuable time out for myself.
Spending time with Sophie really helped me to focus on what was going on in my mind. I felt huge benefits from each session and was able to approach the next couple of weeks with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. The most important thing she showed me was how to be kind to myself and how to gently observe what was going on in my head without judging or criticising" " RC
"Walk and Talk with Sophie was really useful as it provided an opportunity to discuss some body issues that I have been wrestling with, in a relaxed way.
This was something which I personally found easier walking around a beautiful place than I might have sitting in a chair! Because I was dealing with life long patterns and challenges the work we did during the walks touched on a range of different feelings and stories from my life.
It is clear for me that Sophie has a wealth of experience in working with weight and body image and all the many many related issues which affect so many women and I found her honesty about that struggle liberating and encouraging.
As a result of our work I identified some new strategies for dealing with patterns which have been with me all of my life. I would recommend working with Sophie wholeheartedly no matter the scale of the issues you want to discuss - I know that she will work with you where you are, at your own pace to help you make the difference you want to see in your life". MAM
"Sophie facilitates the group with great skill and her instinct is finely attuned to knowing how to guide each of us in the most appropriate way way. The whole evening is always enriching and enlightening." DD
"I started to see Sophie individually to help my wife and I get though the challenging decision of whether to start a family or not. Our one-to-one sessions were so positive, I soon invited my wife to join the meetings and we began couples therapy with Sophie (these sessions have also been extremely beneficial and fruitful). I have since started a psychotherapy course – with a view to changing my career and becoming a therapist myself. I can honestly say that all these positive developments stem from Sophie's expertise as a therapist. She is indeed warm, thoughtful and respectful, and a great many other positive things too. Thank you very much, Sophie, for being very inspiring in lots of different ways!" DC
"Sophie is insightful and incredibly sensitive" SM
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a Humanistic Psychotherapist at Spectrum, the largest centre and practice for Humanistic Psychotherapy in Europe and a UKCP accredited organisation.
I have been awarded a Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I am also a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
As part of my training at Spectrum I have completed the following courses:
- Cert 1 Year Course in Psychotherapy
- Cert 1 Year Continuation Course in Psychotherapy
- Cert Postgraduate Course in Psychotherapy
- 12 years of Post Graduate Continuation Course in Psychotherapy (2006-17)
- OCR Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Sexuality
- Anger in the Therapy Room
- Working with Groups
- The Heart of Parenting
- Action Techniques
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Developing Clinical Skills
- Gestalt - Theory and Practice
- Professional Seminars
- Psychotherapy on Skype/Telephone
- Brief Therapy
I am a trained Walk Leader with Natural England.
I believe it is very important for psychotherapists to be visible and accountable for their work, I am in regular group and individual supervision at Spectrum and continue to develop my personal and professional skills through CPD and other courses. I run an ongoing women's group at Spectrum and have been leading groups for over seventeen years.
Before training as a psychotherapist I worked in management at Marks & Spencer and later trained as a secondary school teacher of modern languages. I took a break from paid employment to have my two children and went on to set up my own business: Beyond Chocolate - The Psychology of Weight Loss - in 2000 and shortly after began my training as a psychotherapist.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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
My personal struggles with parenting and with my relationship with food and my weight brought me to therapy over 20 years ago. The support and growth that I have experienced over more than two decades of personal work and development have been life affirming and have empowered me to be the parent and the woman that I wanted to be.
Working with parents who feel they need support and skills to bring up their children and with women who struggle with their eating and their weight are two of the areas of psychotherapy which I love and specialise in. I have created two programmes specifically for parents and for women and also run workshops on death and dying and self awareness.
The Heart of Parenting - http://www.heartofparenting.co.uk/
Beyond Chocolate - http://www.beyondchocolate.co.uk/
SELF - https://www.my-self.co.uk
Talking About Death & Dying - https://www.talkingaboutdeath.co.uk
If you would like to talk to me about either of these programmes or couples work, please do get in touch. I am always happy to have an informal chat on the phone.
Please ask me about reduced cost sessions.
Concessions offered for
I am the co-author of two books; Beyond Chocolate (Piatkus 2006) and Beyond Temptation (Piatkus 2012) both exploring women's relationship with food and body image.