Sophie Christie BACP Accred Adolescent Counsellor
Being a teenager can be hard, and having a teenager can be hard too. Its okay. If you are worried, perhaps its time to get help.
I am BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and have worked in mental health for over 10 years. By reading this you have taken the first and bravest step in what can feel like a daunting world.
You or your child may be feeling worried about exams, stressed out from peer problems, feeling down and lacking energy, having problems at school or home, hormones might be raging, and things just might seem different and harder to cope with.
These a just a few of the reasons young people can find themselves coming to talk, and are understandable feelings that will have an impact on wellbeing. I am qualified to help understand these things, and can arm young people with the tools to help them for life.
I'd like to simplify some of the jargon for you, to make this an easier process:
What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and works with the idea that our thoughts impact on how we feel which impact on what we do and how we behave. Understanding this can give us a map, which can show what might need tweaking and changing.
It can uncover unhelpful ways of being and thinking that might be creating the problem you are suffering with. When worried or distressed people can fall into patterns that can make things worse. CBT can unpick this and you can work towards short-term goals or more long-term changes.
CBT is suitable for many kinds of problems from anxiety and depression, to phobias, panic and insomnia. It can help you calm down and relax, and will give you tools to take forwards long after therapy has ended.
CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), as the 1st line treatment for anxiety and depression, meaning it is the chosen treatment. It is an effective evidence based approach that has been widely researched to have positive outcomes. It can work well with both adults and young people and will give you tools for life.
What can I expect?
After an initial telephone conversation, where you can ask me any questions, and give me a general idea of what is worrying you, we will arrange the first session. Sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually weekly at a regular time slot.
My work with Young People and/or their Parents
I have worked as a school counsellor supporting 11-18 year olds for over 7 years. Being an adolescent and having an adolescent can be hard! It's okay to talk about it. There are huge amounts of expectations on young people today and it can be a difficult path to navigate. But there is always the potential to be a vibrant, healthy and extraordinary human being. Self-discovery can be a huge part of that journey.
I can offer short term focused sessions that can help challenge negative thoughts and help you take on impending life changes (e.g.:exams, break-ups, univeristy). I also offer sessions tailored to developing self-esteem and developing emotional intelligence and communication.
Is there anything else I need to know?
It can be useful to look at the impact of first relationships as this is where patterns of relating are formed. Difficulties in relationships, whether they be parents, siblings, friends or partners can have a huge impact on wellbeing.
I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues including worry, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, self-harm, bereavement, relationship problems, family tensions and bullying.
Why Choose an Accredited Therapist?
There is no minimum standard of training needed to offer counselling and psychotherapy.
If you choose an Accredited Therapist you know that they have completed many hours of training, practice and supervision and gone through a rigorous assessment process. You can rest assured that their work is of a high quality and that they work within the Code of Conduct for their organisation.
Insurance companies and employee assistance will usually only use accredited therapists.
For further information look here https://www.bacp.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Attachment Narrative Therapy - Bowlby Centre, Working with Imagery and CBT, OCTC
Working with Young People and Their Families using CBT, OCTC
Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CPCAB
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB
PG Certificate in Psychology
Aspects of Bereavement Course
Creative Ways to Help Young People and their Families
I have worked for over 7 years as a school counsellor supporting young people and staff and have worked in mental health for over 10 years.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
One area I have a special interest in is those who attend or have attended Boarding School. The impacts of such experience can be great, and therapy is an important tool in addressing any problems that may arise as a result.
My fee is £65 for a 50 minute session.
At least 48 hours cancellation notice is required, if less, the full fee will be payable.
I offer an initial telephone consultation for you to ask me any questions, and get an idea of if you think we could work together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|