Dr Sophie Ann Clifton BSc, MSc, PGCert, DClinPsych, HCPC Registered
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).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Some evening and weekend availability.