Hi I'm Sophia. I am a qualified and BACP registered Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist. My background is from a health and social care setting and that alongside my therapeutic qualifications allows me to provide a holistic and compassionate service to my clients, which takes into consideration the social, emotional, cultural and environmental aspects of their lives. With regards to my therapeutic practice I have experience of working with adults in the voluntary, public and private sectors. I also work with children and young people and have an additional qualification in child and adolescent mental health gained through extensive training with CAMHS.
What to expect from counselling
Counselling is often likened to a journey and one of my roles is to take that journey with you and help you to try and achieve the outcomes you desire by providing a safe, containing and non-judgemental space to explore the aspects of your life that you are struggling with.
The psychodynamic aspect of my work means that part of this journey will involve exploring your childhood and early experiences with the hope of discovering and working through any unresolved issues or traumas. One of the most effective ways of doing this is by establishing something known as the therapeutic alliance, which essentially involves developing a therapeutic relationship together, from which we can explore your relational interactions, ability to trust, empathise and reflect. The hope is that this will enable us to gain some insight and clarity into the ways in which you relate to yourself and others, as this should be expressed within the dynamics of the relationship we form. We will then explore and reflect upon this together with the aim of allowing you to recognise the role you play in the relationships you have and empower you to make any changes that you feel would better your life and emotional well-being.
As this is your journey you will have the freedom to lead the sessions and discuss whatever you want to, without fear of being told what to do, say or think and without fear of judgement.
Areas of counselling support offered:
- Abuse (emotional, psychological, physical, sexual)
- Adoption and Fostering Support (adults and children)
- Attachment Difficulties
- Bereavement and Loss
- Challenging behaviours (children)
- Confidence/Low self-esteem
- Depression/ low mood
- Domestic Abuse
- Emotional Well-being
- Family Issues
- Gender/ethnicity/identity issues
- Relationship difficulties
Ethics and confidentiality
My work is in line with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and their ethical code of conduct. The sessions are confidential and this will be explained in detail during your assessment session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Philosophy and Ethics - University of Leeds
- MA Social Work - University of Leicester
- Postgraduate Certificate Child and Adolescent Mental Health - University of Leicester
- MA Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Leicester
Experience, Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
I have worked with children and adults within educational, private and voluntary sectors. I regularly attend training events which allows me to further my personal and professional development and also allows me to offer support over a broad range of areas:
- Mindfulness with Compassion
- Working with the Anxious Client
- Working with Anger
- Alcohol and Drug Awareness
- Therapist self-disclosure in the age of Social Media
- Working with Clients with Personality Disorders
- Rape Myths
- Working with Trauma
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Adoption and Fostering
- Challenging Behaviour
- Sexualised Behaviours
£35 Initial consultation/assessment
£50 Individual sessions (50 minutes)
£65 Couples / Family per session
My aim is to see you at a time that is convenient for you and have some availability during evenings and weekends to accommodate this.