Dr Sophia Gazla
About me and my approach:
I have a passion for understanding the unique influences that effect our emotional experiences, our ways of seeing and being in the world. We develop and adapt ourselves creatively, out of necessity, to survive circumstances and situations that we have had to endure. However, as circumstances change these creative adaptations may no longer serve us, they can even come to inhibit us.
In a world that adds pressure to attain the ideals of happiness and material success, difficult life events and our internal and emotional experiences such as anxiety, grief, anger and despair can be neglected. Denied emotions may manifest as psychological or physical symptoms that can become stuck and lead to further problems that may negatively impact relationships, family life, work and our potential to thrive.
I offer a supportive and accepting space to help you explore and make sense of difficult and uncomfortable experiences, to develop insight into aspects of your life that are no longer working for you and to help you consider how to move towards living a life that is meaningful to you.
I use acceptance and values based psychotherapy approaches as well as integrating relational models of psychotherapy to work with what you bring into the therapy room.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Doctor of Counselling Psychology. I am trained in Humanistic-Existential, Psychodynamic as well as Second and Third Wave Cognitive-Behavioural Models of Therapy. I describe my approach as pluralistic as I draw upon these models to inform a tailored approach to understanding and working with clients' presenting issues and hopes for the therapy process.
I have a Masters in Psychology Research and a keen interest in understanding how psychology theory and research can foster psychological health, wellbeing and meaningful living within the therapy process.
I have studied Psychology for fifteen years, I have worked with a range of presenting issues within different kinds of organisations including the NHS, Any Qualified Providers, charities, educational institutions and within local authorities. As well as working 1:1, I have designed and facilitated psychoeducational groups. I currently work for a local authority and I run my own private practice.
I registered with the Health Care and Professions Council and I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. I uphold their ethical values and principles and I am committed to continuing my professional development. I receive regular supervision to support and enhance my work with clients.
I am registered to provide therapeutic sessions which can be funded by private healthcare insurers including BUPA, AXAPPP, AVIVA and WPA
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Existential therapy
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Online sessions: I currently offer 1:1 sessions based in Bristol as well as sessions online via Skype.
£60 per session for clients who are personally funding sessions. I have a number of spaces that I can offer on a sliding scale depending on your circumstances. I accept bank transfer on the day or for multiple sessions in advance.
£75 for clients who are funded through a private healthcare insurer. I am a registered specialist with private healthcare insurers including BUPA, AXA, Aviva and WPA.
We will meet at the same agreed time on a weekly basis and each session lasts for 50 minutes.
Notice given under 3 days (72 hours) prior to the session will mean that you will have to pay for the session time.
What happens next?
To find out more and to book an initial meeting please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07762261163. If I am unable to answer straight away I endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. When we have agreed a time to meet, we will complete the set up on Skype prior to our first meeting.
What would happen in the first session?
The initial session is an opportunity for us to get to know each other. I would hope to get an understanding of why you are seeking therapy, what you feel you need from the process and what you would like to get out of it. We will also talk through our agreement which will include the expected number of sessions required, the regular weekly session time, payment, confidentiality and the cancellation policy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer day time and evening sessions, please email email@example.com with your availability and I will let you know potential session times.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|