Sophie Hobbs BA (Hons), BSc, MA Integrative Psychotherapy, UKCP Reg, MBACP Acc
Thank you for visiting my profile. Currently Psychotherapy sessions are available via Webcam until June 2020. I would be grateful if towards the end of my profile you could read a another paragraph. This explains how after “Lockdown” has ended, safety measures will still be in place to enable 'face to face' Psychotherapy Sessions to commence as soon as possible. My own test conducted by the NHS has returned as NEGATIVE. This information is provided if your decision is to attend any future sessions when the quarantine restrictions have lessened.
I will now explain a little about myself and my wide range of experience.
After completing a five years Masters Degree in Psychotherapy, I initially worked within the NHS. However, for the past twenty years I have helped and supported individuals on a one to one basis. At other times it has been possible to facilitate Psychoanalytic Therapy Groups, be a volunteer for CAMHS, work for a GP practice and act as a Youth Mentor. At the current time, I practise as an individual Psychotherapist and provide help, relief and resolution for my clients, who experience a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties. You may have doubts as to how Psychotherapy will be able to help you. However, much research and experience have proven that it does (Bruce Wampold et al).
You may bring this doubt to your first Psychotherapy Session. However, your wait will be over, as you allow yourself to take the first steps on a new path to recovery and resolution.
There is always a “breaking point” for everyone and it is common for us to use masks and put away our dire burdens into boxes and behind walls. However, this often results in living in denial and avoidance, thereby using valuable defence mechanisms in an unhealthy way. The door of Therapy, though on occasion challenging, is within your reach and you will have the choice to live in a more valuable and satisfying life, alongside the surety that I, as your Therapist, will be beside you and you will not be travelling your path alone.
My approach to Therapy is caring, compassionate and friendly whilst always placing you as my first priority. It will be possible for you to explore and explain the problems, difficulties and concerns which have brought you to Therapy. Time will be set aside for you to ask any questions you wish and my hope is you will feel comfortable in a safe place.
My Therapy Room has a comforting, relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. I will guide you into achieving a greater understanding of any current situation or past experiences and how this has affected you. You may believe that your motivation, inner strengths and ways of coping are now lost to you. Yet, throughout Therapy, I will lift these doubts and burdens from your shoulders and enable you to reach the freedom and life you deserve.
For many years I have provided Therapy and change for Clients experiencing their own unique distresses and dilemmas. These have emerged from many different sources: relationships, family, work, trauma, negative or traumatic childhood experiences and those which have occurred whilst you have been an adult.
These sources often lead to depression, anxiety, stress, relationship and family problems, PTSD, Complex PTSD, bereavement, abuse and trauma. It has also proven possible to resolve other issues such as low self esteem, anger management, suicidal thoughts, stress, eating disorders and cognitive behavioural dysfunction. These distressing experiences and symptoms have been successfully treated whilst providing constant Therapeutic support, care and understanding.
For everyone, the presence of hope is a very precious thing and a fragile part of ourselves. If hope and meaning have been lost, then I will hold these for you, until you are ready to embrace them again.
Whilst reading this profile you may have already reached a point where you feel lost in your life or are overburdened by situations and experiences from the past or in the present. These difficulties and experiences may have resulted in you feeling or thinking that a happier or more contented way of life is no longer possible or deserved. However, on closer inspection during your Therapy, the conclusion will be very different.
I am aware that our lockdown/quarantine period of time will soon come to an end. My intention is to provide the necessary safety measures for my Clients. A mask and gloves will be provided for each person if they wish. All surfaces will be sanitised with a 70% alcohol based spray between each session and as my Therapy Room is spacious it will be possible to maintain two, plus, metres apart for social distancing. As my partner is a “Key Worker”, we both have been tested for Covid-19 virus. Fortunately, these results have proven negative.
I have described this information to reassure you that yourself, your loved ones and friends will not be put at any risk.
After considering your decision you may wish to arrange a Psychotherapy Introductory Session without undue delay. This is a Therapy hour in which you are free to explain problems and difficulties which you feel comfortable sharing. Hopefully, we will be able to get to know each other a little better and provide you with the opportunity to describe any needs you may have. If the decision is to arrange a Psychotherapy Session then I can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone 07539 829008 or my website https://lancaster-counselling.co.uk/ .
My hours are flexible between 9:00am – 8.00pm on weekdays, with the safety net of a Crisis Session if ever you are experiencing an overwhelming time. I can also be contacted at weekends and wish for you to feel secure and comfortable in the time we spend together. I hope you remain well and will look forward to hearing from you soon
B.A.C.P. & U.K.C.P.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist M.A (U.K.C.P. & M.B.A.C.P.) with twenty years of experience. I have worked with a wide diversity of mental health problems including relational, personal and work related difficulties, including stress in these areas.
I initially worked within the NHS, at a Psychotherapy Centre in the north west for several years. During these years I also worked for a local GP practice at the University of Lancaster, where I worked with students as well as patients from the general public.
My other experiences have included voluntary work for the North Lancashire Counselling Service. I have also been a volunteer for CAMHS in another area of the country and have worked as a Community Youth Mentor. During the past twenty years, I have successfully practiced within a group of other Psychotherapists and have also facilitated Group Psychoanalytic Therapy whilst continuing to work primarily in Psychotherapy on a one to one basis.
My Therapy Room is located only a few minutes from the centre of Lancaster and the Railway Station and along a regular bus route. Also, my hours are flexible from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, weekdays and half day Saturday. I understand that each person has life priorities and so aim to be as flexible and understanding as possible when arranging their own suitable times for a Psychotherapy Session.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Additional areas I can cover are:
Health Related Difficulties
Age Related Changes
Child Behavioural Problems Affecting a Family.
Disabilities And Adjustment To
Multiple Losses (Bereavement)
Work Related Stress/Bullying
Retirement Adjustment Difficulties
My regular therapy fee is £40-£45 per hourly session, though concessions are available for any person who needs a lowered fee.
My Therapy Room has a calming, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and is located just a few minutes from Lancaster town centre and the Railway Station. Parking is readily available and cost free, and the Therapy room is easily accessible.