Sophie Greenfield CBT BABCP
I am a fully accredited and registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy. I am a warm, empathetic professional who will see your unique experience and will ensure that you feel valued and not judged. I have over 20 years’ experience of working as a therapist with adults and young people within the NHS, CAMHS, schools and children's charities, and will help you overcome anxiety, low mood and reflect on your current and past relationships.
CBT has been well researched and is advocated to be one of the most effective approaches for treating anxiety and depression. You will learn to understand and then respond in a more helpful manner to your thoughts, habits and behaviours. CBT takes into account how evolution, our upbringing and society shape the belief systems we hold about ourselves, others and the world around us.
At the beginning of any therapeutic relationship, it is important to build a safe and supportive space and I am able to relate to clients by showing understanding that it takes courage to seek help and that all humans can struggle with challenges and difficulties.
I work collaboratively with a compassionate approach, by encouraging you to be kind to yourself, validate your strengths, help you identify what is making you feel stuck with your problems and develop alternative ways of thinking and responding.
All humans have an innate tendency to focus on the negative aspects of themselves and their lives. I will help you to recognise the self-blaming mind and develop insight and strategies to overcome habits of worry, avoidance and rumination.
I have a particular interest in working with the self-critic as I have seen over the years how our self-blaming and critical inner voice can impact upon our anxious and depressed states of mind.
Bringing in compassion to the self-critic by both understanding the function of the inner voice and also coming to terms with how unhelpful the inner-critic can be, can facilitate a new way of responding to ourselves and with our relationships with others.
How to start:
A course of CBT can range from 6-20 sessions, it is typical to generally see clients for 12 sessions. Your appointments will be 50 minutes long and held at the same time every week.
The first session is an assessment appointment during which you can discuss your difficulties and I will help you set achievable goals to elicit change in your life. Please feel free to contact me by email and we can arrange a telephone call to discuss any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience for a PG Diploma in CBT, were specialists in their field taught on anxiety and depression.
I have Advanced Skills Training in Compassion Focused Therapy.
I also hold Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents and a further PG Diploma in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples.
I have continued to keep up to date with relevant training specific to my role in CBT, trauma and Compassion Focused Therapy.
I am fully accredited with the BABCP, BACP and HCPC.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an interest in working with the self-critic
CBT appointments (50 minutes) £80/hr
I offer reduced rates before 5pm
It is helpful to have consistency so we can meet at the same time every week.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please contact me regarding availability
Types of client