About me

You might be considering counselling if you're feeling depressed or anxious, you’ve experienced grief or a loss, your relationships feel strained, or if you’d like to process events from your past or present.

People also find counselling helpful if they are experiencing unexpected mood swings, their sleeping patterns are off, or if they are looking for an alternative to drugs or alcohol to cope with issues in their life.

My role as a therapist’s is to work with you to explore your issues and concerns and to distinguish helpful/unhelpful themes and patterns in your life. Some of the ways I work with clients is by processing events from their past and present, increasing their self awareness and developing their capacity to regulate emotions.

I'm trained to work with a range of presenting concerns and to help you find ways to cope with issues in your life.

While it can be valuable to talk about your problems with close friends and family members, sometimes the people around you aren’t able to provide the help you need.

As a qualified professional, I'll listen to you and help you to understand yourself better, so you can make positive changes in your life.

Trauma

I have experience of working with people who are affected by trauma. I hold awareness that an event, a series of events or a set of circumstances which are experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally hurtful, harmful or life threatening can be termed as trauma. Some examples include being bullied, abused or neglected and experiencing loss, violence or judgement.

I'm an experienced telephone counsellor for Trauma Counselling Line Scotland, which is a free service provided by Health in Mind, a charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland.

In addition to my private practice, I'm a psychotherapist at a charity in Leith, which is a leading centre for the provision of affordable high-quality psychotherapy & counselling. I therefore dedicate half of my working week to low cost and charitable counselling and half to private counselling.

How I work/Modality

I have a passion for helping people with their health and wellbeing.

As an accredited and qualified professional, I use the Person Centred therapeutic "conditions" of empathy, acceptance and unconditional positive regard to listen to clients and Psychodynamic therapeutic interventions to understand the roots and formation of clients psychological processes.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications

  • Accredited member (MBACP (Accred)) of the BACP
  • Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh (2017). This was focused on the Person Centred approach and Psychodynamic perspective.
  • Introduction to Schema Therapy
  • Trauma Enhanced Practice Levels 2 and 3
  • Corporate Mental Health Champion. In 2018 I worked for the Managing Agent of the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland. Alongside my administration role I set up an internal Mental Health Champion service for staff, this is a role I still hold and offer.
  • Prior to training as a psychotherapist I worked in corporate investment and banking organisations, having completed a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Business Administration.

Experience

  • In addition to my private practice, I'm a psychotherapist at a charity in Leith, Edinburgh (since 2017), which is a leading centre for the provision of affordable high-quality psychotherapy & counselling.
  • Experienced telephone counsellor for Trauma Counselling Line Scotland (since 2018), which is a free service provided by Health in Mind, a charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland.
  • Previously, I was a counsellor at The PF Counselling Service (2015), a charity located in Morningside, Edinburgh. I was also a call taker for ParentLine, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity helpline (2013), providing advice for anyone caring for or concerned about a child.

I am happy to work with almost any issue and have experience of working with a wide range of clients over the age of 18.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

First appointment

  • An initial session costs £55 and lasts 50 minutes. This gives us a chance to consider whether counselling is right for you before continuing.

Regular weekly sessions

  • I usually suggest having around 4/6 sessions (50 minutes each) to begin with as it sometimes takes that amount of time for you to get a feel for how I work and for us to get a feel for how we work together. I find, therapeutically it's important to have regular weekly sessions, for continuity purposes. We can talk about the number of sessions which feel right for you in the initial session and agree a plan going forward.
  • Sessions are available for however long we both feel they are useful.
  • 1:1 sessions cost £55.

Concession rates

  • As I dedicate half of my working week to low cost and charitable counselling work, at the moment I'm unable to offer concession rates in my private counselling practice.

Payment

  • Fees are payable by bank transfer or PayPal, due by the end of each day's session.

Holidays/Breaks/Cancellations/Missed appointments

  • Cancellations made within 48 hours of a session are charged at full fee unless agreed otherwise. Advance cancellation or re-scheduling is possible, subject to availability.

Availability

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Further information

You can make an initial appointment by email, phone or by messaging me though the Counselling Directory, I aim to respond within 48 hours of receiving your enquiry.

In advance of a meeting, I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you may have.

  • Email: sophiaengland@outlook.com
  • Mobile: 07789310709

You can visit my website www.newtowncounselling.org

I'm an accredited member (MBACP (Accred)) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

8 Randolph Place
Edinburgh
EH3 7TE

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Additional languages

English

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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