Sophie Barnes

MPhil, MA(Cantab), PgDip, MBACP
Brighton, BN1
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About me

The consistent and dedicated space of therapy offers a unique opportunity for supported self-exploration within an environment that is accepting and safe, founded upon a relationship of compassion and respect.

I am an experienced, BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist working with individuals and couples online. My way of working is founded upon psychodynamic, Jungian and somatic (body-based) psychotherapeutic approaches, and is informed by teachings from Buddhist psychology. 

In addition to a general practice, I offer specialism in the fields of trauma, sexual violence, and Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD). I am LGBTQ+ affirmative.

How we work together

Weekly sessions provide a reflective, confidential space in which to look together at any areas of concern to you. As we begin to make sense of troubling, confusing or conflicting feelings and experiences, a deepening self-understanding can enable us to discover new choices in ways of being and relating, liberating us from the restrictive patterns of our past. Together we work collaboratively and at your pace to explore the roots of present issues and to move towards greater clarity in relation to areas of difficulty.

As well as being a way of alleviating the pain and struggle in our lives, therapy also aims to help us live more fully, in a greater sense of aliveness, authenticity and connection. Over time, the building of a reliable, trusting therapeutic relationship becomes the container in which a deeper healing can occur.

My approach

As a psychodynamic therapist, my way of working brings attention to the ways in which we may have internalised and adapted to past situations and relationships in ways that shape our present experience. Together we work towards an emotional, rather than intellectual, understanding of the roots of present difficulties as a path to growth and healing in inner and outer life and relationships.

My way of working is additionally informed by long-term study and practice in the fields of somatic (body-based) and Buddhist psychologies. I take a non-pathologising attitude, recognising the adaptive nature of even our greatest difficulties, including issues that have attracted psychiatric diagnoses.

Experiences of relationships throughout life, including the relationship between us as client and therapist, can provide important references for what is happening for you, and the approach I take recognises the therapeutic relationship itself as a central factor in the transformative process that therapy can be.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • Post-graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Distinction), University of Brighton
  • The Empowerment Model of Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence, OCN London/ RASASC
  • MPhil Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, University of Cambridge
  • MA (Cantab) Theology & Religious Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Continued Professional Development Trainings
    • Hakomi: Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy
    • Working with Trauma
    • Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
    • LGBTQ+ affirmative practice
    • Substance use & addiction
    • Suicide prevention (ASIST)

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.

Therapeutic Experience

Since 2016 I have served as a therapist in mental health, charity and university settings, including within specialist LGBTQ+ and sexual violence counselling settings. I currently work exclusively in private practice.

LGBTQ+ and GSRD Affirmative Practice

I offer specialism in working with clients across the spectrum of gender, sexuality and relationship diversity (GRSD), taking an affirmative approach to working with LGBTQ+ clients; those practicing non-normative relationship styles, such as non-monogamy, kink; and sex workers.

My affirmative approach is informed by my experience as a therapist within an LGBTQ+ specific counselling service and specialist therapeutic GSRD training. I hold an MPhil in Gender Studies and, prior to working full-time as a therapist, I spent many years working and volunteering in the women's and LGBTQ + sectors.

Working through an anti-oppression lens, my therapeutic approach takes account of the impact of societal systems of oppression and the intersections of identity and cultural background with mental and emotional wellbeing.

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.


From £70.00 to £150.00

Additional information

Fees, inluding the initial consultation are:

Individuals: £70 - 90
Couples: £120 - 150

I accept payment via bank transfer, in advance of each session.

All sessions, including the initial consultation, are 50 minutes.

Please note that I do not currently have any lower-cost concessionary spaces available.

What to expect

The initial consultation is an opportunity for you to meet me and get a sense of what working together in a therapeutic relationship might be like. We can discuss what brings you to consider therapy and consider whether fixed-term or open-ended therapy would best meet your needs. It's also an opportunity for me to understand what you are looking for through therapy and if this is something I am able to support you with.

There is no expectation that you begin therapy with me after the initial session. You are very welcome to take time to reflect and consider whether you would like to work together, and you may be considering several therapists. Or you may decide straight away that you would like to go ahead, and we can arrange a date for our first session.


Monday - Thursday, daytime

Further information

It can take real courage to face the causes of our distress and to entrust these with another person. It is important to find therapist you feel confidence in and with whom you feel safe.

Whether your reasons for seeking counselling and psychotherapy feel vague or specific, I welcome you get in touch with any questions you might have, or to arrange an initial consultation.


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Types of client

Older adults

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