Hello, my name is Sophie and I believe that I can help you live life to the fullest. Many of us are just surviving and not living, struggling silently and before we know it this becomes our reality, not living the life that you deserve. I believe that although we cannot always change our circumstances we can learn different coping mechanisms to live a healthier life.
I have witnessed the power of therapy first hand within my lifetime. As a mother of three I went through challenging times and experienced feelings of 'empty nest syndrome'. As a result I looked for a non-judgmental and safe environment to offload my issues. From my own experience, I believe that sometimes just letting things out is enough to make us feel better without burdening our loved ones. This process when combined with a genuinely caring person who wants to help and is able to empathise with you is invaluable. For me what resonated the most with therapy was the ability it had for empowerment, allowing me to take control of my own feelings and life. I am truly grateful that I had this opportunity to better myself through counselling.
I work with difference and diversity and have the qualities and self-awareness of these differences. I myself come from an extended family and therefore have a great understanding of ethnic and cultural issues as well as Western culture.
I have over 10 years of experiences working with various issues such as anxiety, depression, confidence building, addictions, bereavement, loss of relationships, bullying, young adults, OCD. Furthermore, I have experience in couple counselling and have a deep understanding of marital relationships having being married for 27 years.
An area of expertise for me are issues within different cultures e.g. arranged marriages, extended families and domestic violence.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Honours Psychosocial Studies
- Person Centre Counselling Diploma (accredited)
- Level 4 Couple Counselling
- Member of BACP
- Courses: Working with the inner child, safeguarding, domestic violence, working with adolescence, anxiety, depression, self harm, suicide, bereavement, relationship breakdown, marriage counselling, anger management.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 15 minute consultation before we start our sessions in order for us both to get to know each other a bit better, and to discuss any concerns.
One to one:
- £50 an hour
- £60 an hour