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I offer psychodynamic therapy to individual, couples and young people. I offer private and confidential sessions in a quiet and calming consulting room in Writtle, Chelmsford. We will meet once a week at an agreed time which is suitable for you.

I have recently completed a Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling. I work with individuals who have experienced cults, high demand groups or a coercive relationship. I also have experience of psychosexual issues, trauma and loss.

I have been working as a Psychodynamic Therapist for over twelve years.

I fully understand how daunting, frightening or confusing seeking therapy can be. If you are thinking about therapy please contact me so we can talk about how you are feeling. Talking about how this might feel and gaining more understanding about how the process works can be really helpful.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Member of the BACP
  • Member PCSR
  • Member PCU
  • Psychodynamic counsellor BACP number 679178
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
  • Certificate in Post-cult Counselling
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate of Achievement in Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Couples Counselling
  • GDPR compliant
  • ICO registered
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate

I have experience of providing both short and long-term therapy. I have worked in GP surgeries and for the mental health organisation MIND. I have been qualified for over twelve years. I have also worked as a co-leader on a Certificate in Counselling skills course at a Chelmsford based counselling training centre. I can offer therapy to individuals, couples and young people.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As well as the categories I have listed above I also have experience working with clients who are going through IVF. I also have professional experience of working with those who have suffered Sudden Infant Loss as well as Trauma work. I have recently completed a Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling and have experience of working with clients effected by cults, high demand groups and coercive relationships.


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

£60.00 per session for Individual therapy (£105.00 for an initial session).
£105.00 per session for Couples therapy (£135.00 for an initial session).


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I have availability on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It would be helpful for us to speak to confirm my availability on these days.

Further information

Thinking about or seeking therapy or counselling can feel very daunting. You may know why you are seeking counselling or you might need help understanding how you are currently feeling. You might simply feel the need to talk to someone you are not in a relationship with.

Therefore, you may choose to start counselling for all sorts of reasons. It might be because you have experienced a loss, a bereavement, a change in your family circumstances or a relationship of some sort. You may be suffering from an illness or a health problem or a change in your physical abilities. Perhaps you are struggling with your job or employment or have financial difficulties. You might feel you have lost touch with yourself or feel uncertain about a life decision. Or you may be confused by your feelings, feeling unhappy, depressed, anxious, worried or sad. You may be concerned about your body, weight, appearance, sexuality, your eating, your drinking, smoking or drug use. Perhaps you have experienced a traumatic event or been in an abusive relationship. You might be doing things to yourself and want to stop or do not understand why you do them.

I will seek, through the therapy to help you make sense of your emotions and feelings which you might not fully understand. I can help you to find the answers to your questions, anxieties and concerns. Therapy can help us to put words to our feelings and feelings to our words.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details


Sophie Atkinson

Sophie Atkinson