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BSc, MSc, PGCert, DClinPsych, HCPC Registered

About me

Hello, I'm Sophie Ann -  a qualified, HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with extensive academic and clinical experience in the field of psychology.

I have worked alongside people of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds, experiencing a broad range of mental health difficulties. These include depression, anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), workplace stress, attachment and relationship difficulties. I have also helped those with co-morbid long-term physical health conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, and weight management difficulties.

I believe in taking a genuine empathic and non-judgmental approach to others, which contributes to the building of positive, trusting relationships that are central to therapy. I also believe each person, and their difficulties, deserves a psychological approach tailored to their own, personal experience and preferences.

So I take an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing on multiple psychological theories - cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), dialectic-behavioural therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic/relational approaches - to build an individualised and holistic approach, empowering each individual to embark on recovery and achieve their therapeutic goals.

I also believe joy, fun and laughter to be fantastic remedies for distress, encouraging those I work with to inject this back into their lives! As a practising Buddhist, I also enjoys drawing on relaxation, meditation, imagery and mindfulness techniques in therapy, where appropriate.
Outside of psychological work, I have experience working as a Buddhist Chaplain in prison settings, leading study groups and meditation sessions with prisoners, creating safe and calm spaces for the exploration of personal values and spirituality. In my spare time, I like to meditate, keep fit, spend time with friends and bake them vegan delights.

Training, qualifications & experience

Sophie has over a decade of academic and clinical experience in the field of psychology.

2010: Psychology BSc University of Birmingham (1st class honours).

2013: Forensic Psychology MSc at the University of Surrey, working simultaneously as a Healthcare Support Worker in an inpatient psychiatric unit.

2014: Assistant Clinical Psychologist for NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (2014).

2014-2016: Part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme, progressing from Trainee to Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP). This included attaining PGCert in Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies (2015), while also delivering psychological interventions rooted in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to a broad range of individuals. IAPT service lead for computer-based CBT interventions, working alongside physical healthcare teams, treating individuals with weight management difficulties and long-term health conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Simultaneously provided supervision and line management to junior PWPs.

2017-2020: Coventry and Warwickshire Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych).

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£90.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • WPA

Additional information


Online sessions - 

Initial assessments and ongoing therapy sessions (50 minutes): £90 per session

Walk The Talk sessions (outdoor walk and talk therapy sessions, available in Brighton and Hove area only): £90 per session.

Concessions negotiable. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please contact me for further details on availability.

Brighton, East Sussex, BN1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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DBS check

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Walk The Talk: I am now taking referrals for outdoor walk and talk therapies in the Brighton and Hove area.

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