Sophie Atkinson


07881 635524

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07881 635524

About me

As a therapist both within a mental health organisation and a mental health charity as well as my own private practice, I will help a client to review their emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain insight into their lives and their present-day problems and to evaluate the patterns they have developed over time. Recognising recurring patterns helps people see the ways in which they avoid distress or develop defence mechanisms as a method of coping so that they can take steps to change those patterns.

This therapeutic relationship (between the client and the counsellor) is key to helping the process work and can help to understand how you might interact and develop relationship patterns with those around you.

Our work together will aim to give you a better understanding of you as a resource and that you are able to support yourself after our work has finished, giving you more confidence to tackle and deal with things in life in a way which is right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Member of the BACP
  • Psychodynamic counsellor BACP number 679178
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
  • Couples Counselling

I have experience of working both short and long-term. I have worked in GP surgeries and I work for the mental health organisation MIND. I have been qualified for over 5 years. Until recently I also worked as a co-leader on a Certificate in Counselling skills course at a Chelmsford based counselling training centre.

Member organisations



£45.00 per session for Individual therapy.
£65.00 per session for Couples therapy.

Further information

I am able to offer counselling sessions to individuals and couples aged 18 and over.

Why do people seek counselling?

We seek counselling for many different reasons. We may be experiencing feelings of depression, isolation, loss, anxiety or low self-esteem that keep them stuck in an uncomfortable place. Or we might be facing a life-changing event, struggling with relationships, grief or anger, or feel unable to cope with the pressures and challenges of life. We may be confused as to why they react as they do to people or events, or it may be memories from the past, painful occurrences in the present or worries about the future that prevent them from enjoying life as they would wish.

How can counselling help?

Counselling can offer a confidential, supportive service and the opportunity for change. I can provide a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings having been trained to listen in a non-directive way and to facilitate your own resources for change and the resolution of difficulties.

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM2

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Please contact me to talk about this further.

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