Sophie Clarke BA(Hons), Dip Person-Centred Counselling, Accredited Member BACP
Life can present us with many opportunities and many challenges. Sometimes events or experiences can overwhelm or destabilize us, and leave us feeling anxious, vulnerable, lost or unable to cope. We might find ourselves wanting to make changes but feel unsure how to do so.
As a counsellor, I offer a warm, non-judgmental, confidential relationship in which you can explore your experiences and the underlying feelings and meanings they may have for you. I invite you to direct the content and pace of the counselling, and will stay alongside you in whatever you are wanting to address, supporting you in listening deeply to yourself with acceptance and trust and in connecting with what you think, feel, want and need. I invite a collaborative, relational way of working in which we regularly review the counselling to ensure you are getting the most from it.
I value, respect and enjoy working with difference; I have worked with clients of diverse backgrounds and seek to hold an attitude of openness, curiosity and respect towards all my clients. I work to the highest professional and ethical standards, integrating the principles of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework into my practice, attending regular clinical supervision and giving ongoing priority to my own personal and professional development.
What can I expect from counselling?
As well as addressing specific goals, counselling can lead to shifts in perspective which result in much broader and deeper transformation of our relationships with ourselves, others and the world around us:
- Improved sense of wellbeing (psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual)
- Greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-trust
- Greater sense of freedom to make choices which are authentic to who we are
- Greater acceptance of, respect for and intimacy with others
How do I get started?
I invite prospective clients to come for an initial consultation to explore what you hope to gain from counselling and how well we think we might work together.
If we choose to work together, I would then offer short or long term counselling, depending on your goals and needs.
We would usually meet weekly, for 50 minutes.
Sessions take place in therapy rooms in either Wimbledon or Streatham, depending on what is most convenient for you. Both rooms are 5 mins walk from the train station, on several bus routes, and have parking available nearby.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person-centred counsellor with a diploma and BA Hons in Person-Centred Counselling from the Metanoia Institute and University of Middlesex. I am an accredited member of the BACP. I have worked with clients in a number of different counselling agencies, on a range of issues, in particular relationship issues, anxiety, depression, abuse (childhood abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, bullying), trauma, bereavement and loss, low self-esteem and self-worth, family issues, parenting and co-parenting.
I also have experience of leading therapy groups and support groups with a therapeutic component.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Parenting alone, co-parenting
A 50 minute session or initial consultation costs £50. I offer a small number of sessions at a lower rate to those on a low income or to students.