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Creative Psychotherapist (Dramatherapist) and EMDR Therapist

About me

Welcome, as you are. I'm Sophia.

I'm a Creative Therapist and EMDR therapist experienced in working with adults and children with diverse needs, experiences and challenges. I have over ten years experience work as a therapist in a range of settings including: NHS in a specialist Eating Disorders Service, NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), schools, specialist schools and higher education. 

My Philosophy:

Therapy is for everyone; it is a safe space where we can connect with ourselves and explore our personal stories away from the noise of our busy daily lives. Therapy is a place where we can develop our self-expression and find personal practices and rituals that support us to navigate challenges and maintain our physical, emotional and mental well-being.

When we feel stuck and alone with difficulties that we face, therapy can help to shine a light on the internal resources and wisdom that we have to support us to navigate these challenges and to discover self-compassion, self-awareness and self-acceptance. 

Central to my practice is the belief that understanding and finding compassion for all parts of ourselves is key to alleviating distress and living as our authentic selves.

My approach

My approach is empathic, non-judgemental and collaborative; using individuals’ natural creativity to explore and connect with their stories, bodies and feelings to move towards greater self-awareness and freedom from barriers to well-being.

Just like us, everyone’s therapeutic journey will be completely unique. I follow each clients’ specific needs and individual creativity to explore their stories through talking, creative therapy tools such as drawing and writing, body work and movement, visual and arts inspired self-expression. 

I have a whole-person approach that encourages tuning in with your body, listening to what is being communicated and finding ways to express, celebrate and take care of yourself. 

Working creatively can support us to:

Express and explore our inner worlds, beyond words; regulate our emotional states by calming our nervous system through engagement in creative processes; connect with our natural creativity that is linked to our intrinsic ability to self-heal; supports to contain difficult or painful experiences and offers distance from which to process them. This can help us to feel less 'stuck' with our problems or difficulties. 

An individual session may take the following structure: check-in to explore what you bring to the therapy space today, movement into a verbal or creative exploration of what you bring, finishing with a reflective check-out before ending. You may have specific goals or objectives for your therapy or you might prefer to use it as a space to process what feels important for each session - either way you are welcome to come as you are. 

​EMDR Sessions:

Initially, we will work on strategies that support you to feel safe and present, in your body and in your environment. We will begin processing memories once this is established. 

Throughout our sessions, we will look at how you are experiencing a natural response to trauma and discover strategies and techniques that support you to ground and regulate your emotional states.

In processing sessions, you will be asked questions about a memory that you have chosen to work on. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to follow the movement of your therapists’ hand or dots on a screen or movement of light on a light bar. Alternative methods such as sounds through headphones or tapping can be used, whichever works best for you. 

The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time which can lead to a dramatic improvement in many aspects of your life.​

Training, qualifications & experience

I've over ten years of experience working as a therapist in diverse settings including; NHS specialist Eating Disorders Service, NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), schools & higher education.

I'm a trauma-responsive therapist, trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy), a specialist, evidenced-based therapy for trauma & PTSD that helps to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.

I've had the privilege to support clients to process losses & endings; find their healthy, authentic voices; overcome shame & self-doubt; express thoughts & feelings & explore identity through creative expression; develop understanding & find compassion aspects causing distress to grow through challenges.

I am trained in MANTRA Therapy (Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults); an evidence-based individual psychotherapy that explores what is maintaining the ED and finds the healthy, flourishing self on the path to healing.

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Therapies offered

Fees

From £50.00 to £75.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

Please connect with me if you wish to learn more. I offer a free 20 minute discussion to connect with new clients, this offers the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and for both of us to get a sense of whether it's a good fit for therapeutic work. 

When I work

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Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Sophia Hafslund

Sophia Hafslund