Sophie Grant BA (Hons) PGDip
Welcome to this place of peace. A place of rest and support when you need it. A place of honouring the transition you are undergoing. I support people to come back to themselves at a deeper level through the transitions in their lives – such as grief, divorce, new relationship, new step child relationship, new to parenthood, relocation, teenagers moving out of home, new job, mid-life change in priorities and grief of what has gone both the grief from the death of a loved one to the ‘living losses’ such as ending of a relationship, self-esteem, family, singleness, unemployment and more..
As a Psychosynthesis trained therapist I work holistically, including body, feelings, mind, sexuality and spirituality. The work is directed towards developing a sense of self, and freeing oneself from limiting life patterns.
I offer in person 1-2-1 guided therapy in the presence of nature. Referred to as nature therapy, walking therapy, walk and talk therapy & outdoor therapy. Nature is a perfect partner in a therapeutic relationship, deeply supporting the process of therapy. Nature therapy is just like regular psychotherapy, except that it takes place outside and incorporates nature. Spending time in nature has been shown to lower the levels of cortisol, a key stress hormone. The sights, sounds and visual experiences associated with being in nature can have a soothing effect on your nervous system, slowing heart rate and normalising respiration, blood pressure and several other key stress markers associated with the fight-or-flight response, in addition the natural setting is rich in support for our primordial senses.
I believe that we all crave meaning, purpose and a feeling of wholeness or completeness to our lives. This takes a form specific to each of us in a unique way. This link to ourselves can get ‘clogged up’ and sometimes we need someone to guide us back to our own sense of our self, our souls journey.
I offer an emotionally contained and safe space to look at questions about your life and explore what is on your mind. In exploring with me you will begin to open up to the much bigger picture of the journey that you are on, your souls journey. In reconnecting with the initiate wisdom of your soul, you will find a well of support within you. In finding a deeper connection with yourself this ultimately leads to more peace.
I am a ‘Divorce Doula‘ helping women in the aftermath of ‘divorce survival and logistical practicalities’. A time after things have come into some outer balance when there is breathing room to look around at the aftermath. At this time there can feel a void, a deep emptiness. In this ‘fertile void’ there is immense potential. Often we feel alone and exhausted at this point, lost. There is then potential for deep growth and wisdom to flourish and a loving relationship with yourself to forge in the fire of grief and compassion for what you have been through and survived. This is the time to uncover the gifts and wisdom that have gathered within you, after years of challenge.
I support to parents who are struggling with their children, or teenager. It is work that enables parents to communicate on a heart level with their children. I work to support the potential of parent to be the loving parent they have always wanted to be. I do not work directly with children but with the adult to empower them to connect with their child.
As a Psychosynthesis counsellor I work long term, in-depth with clients on a soul level. This model of psychology – Psychosynthesis, a transpersonal psychology – supports a person to move closer to a healthy ‘synthesis’ or balanced integration of all aspects of their being, such as supporting the integration of parts of oneself that may have been rejected or felt abandoned on a personality level. It also looks at the transpersonal level to gain inner wisdom about your purpose and souls journey. It is a remembering of how you want to live authentically from your own truth, your own self.
I look forward to meeting with you,
Training, qualifications & experience
My work is nourished by my endless curiosity about the world, my love of nature, the arts, my spirituality and my relationships.
My core post-graduate training as a psychosynthesis counsellor was at The Institute of Psychosynthesis in London. I have attended various courses and workshops including; several Bert Hellinger Family Constellation workshops also known as Systemic Family Constellations, which are designed to help reveal the hidden unspoken laws operating within the family and ancestral line; Nick Duffel’s Boarding School Survivor course, the study of the impact and dynamics of being sent away from home to boarding school as a child on the adult’s inner life.
I am fully insured to work with clients with Balens Insurance and am a registered counsellor with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
My standard fee is £50 per hour session.
Our first session working together is £50 to be paid before the session.
I work to a minimum of 6 weekly sessions, with the fee for these 6 sessions of £300 to be paid ahead of time.
The structure of working with me:
We will meet for an hour weekly. We meet at the same place, at the same time, on the same day of the week, as far as possible, with a review after 6 weeks. This clear structure is primarily there to support you in the journey we will take together, and provides a steadiness.
During the weekly hour-long sessions, we work together on whatever issues you choose to explore or sit with the not knowing.