Sophie Barker-Hill

Sophie Barker-Hill

Howcroft House
919 Bradford Road
Birstall
West Yorkshire
WF17 9JY

07925 841889

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About me

Many of us have periods of uncertainty and confusion in our lives. So the thought of attending or looking for a counsellor can be daunting. It can leave us feeling vulnerable and fragile. You scroll through countless websites, getting yourself into a pickle on sourcing a therapist from a picture or looking at their credentials.

I understand it can feel like a mammoth task! You will find me active within the session - I won’t sit there like a nodding dog, asking “and how does that make you feel?”, I will endeavour to create a safe, non-judgemental space where we can work through some of life’s anxieties and uncertainties you’re facing.

Whilst I have worked with a number of issues. I focus on working with survivors and their family members who have endured or been affected by sexual abuse.

  • Depression/anxiety.
  • Relational issues.
  • Loss/bereavement.
  • Trauma.
  • M.E/CFS.
  • Bullying.

Building a sound therapeutic relationship is key to how I practice. Through allowing me to journey along side you I believe that we can discover more about you and this can be hugely healing in itself. I will work at your pace and most importantly the sessions are all about you. I can dedicate an hour weekly or fortnightly just for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Higher Education Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in issues surrounded with sexual abuse
  • Introduction to mindfulness.

I have several years experience working alongside male & female survivors and their family members who have been affected by sexual violence and abuse.

I work with a range of client concerns from stress, depression & anxiety to work related, relationship and other concerns that can affect us daily.

As well as running my own practice I work with an organisation that solely provides a counselling service for both survivors & their family members go on-going and historical sexual abuse. I work with men and women within this organisation from the ages of 16+

I am also experienced in working with clients and the carers of family members who have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis(M.E)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Hi work with both male & female survivors and their family members who have been affected by sexual abuse and violence.

Therapies offered

Fees

Assessment

The assessment costs £30 and lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Counselling sessions

Counselling sessions cost £40 per 50-55 minutes.

To secure your place I require payment one week in front.

Block bookings of 5 sessions receive a 10% discount.

Payments need to be paid in full at the end of each session.

Methods of payment include; cash, PayPal, debit card, BACS transfer

Further information

I have regular training and supervision to keep me in-line with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy's (BACP) ethical framework and to continue my development as a practitioner.

Assessment

The assessment process aims to decide if it would be useful for you to have counselling sessions and if not, what type of psychological help, if any, would be more suited to you.

Before we embark in counselling. I would ask that you come for an assessment to see whether we both feel we could work therapeutically together. If one of us feels that we are not compatible, then I can signpost you to other therapists or organisations.

During the assessment time I may start by taking a history of the trouble you are experiencing. There will be some forms to fill out regarding personal information such as name, age, gender identification, relationship history, GP details etc. This information helps me to make an initial assessment of your circumstances

We will also discuss what times and days would be easier for you to attend counselling and talk about whether you feel you are ready and committed to undergo the counselling process. I will go over the contract with you and discuss the frequency of sessions you will have and the fees that you will pay.

You may find it helpful to prepare and write down your reasons for seeking help at this time. This will help you describe your feelings to me and make you feel a little more comfortable on our first meeting.

Maps & Directions

Birstall, WF17 9JY

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

All of my therapy spaces are wheelchair accessible.

Availability

I am currently available Monday - Tuesday 4:30pm - 8pm Thursday - 2:30 - 8pm Friday - 4:30 - 8pm Week days before 8am and weekends can be negotiated.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme