Sophie Armes UKCP MBPsS
I work in private practice as a psychological therapist. Experience has taught me that at certain times in life, living well can be a real challenge. Bereavement or the loss of an important relationship for example; illness or a major life transition, difficulties at home or work, past traumas - sometimes even, nothing especially obvious - can all present our minds and bodies with too much stress to manage and stay healthy. Counselling and psychotherapy are useful resources that support us to recover well-being and develop more healthy selves, if that’s what we want to do.
My style of working is influenced by the philosophies, theories and techniques of the three major psychological schools (humanism, psychoanalysis and cognitive-behaviourism). It is also informed by research and findings from neuroscience indicating that therapeutic relationships themselves are key for psychological recovery and lasting change. In essence, I offer a safe place where we can talk in confidence, coming to recognise and make sense of problematic feelings, thoughts and behaviours. I value openness in relationships and understand that compassion and empathy play a vital role in developing our awareness around complex experience and realising more helpful ways of living well.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy and qualified as an Integrative Psychotherapist. I completed a post-qualification training in Body Psychotherapy with Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists.
I am a registered member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and a member of Metanoia Institute and the British Psychological Society (BPS). I work in accordance with ethical guidelines issued by UKCP and the BPS.
I have worked as a psychological therapist in a variety of settings including: an NHS health centre in central London, a local hospice, a counselling and psychotherapy service, a secondary school, an acute psychiatric ward, and private practice.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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