Sophie Hobbs BA (Hons), BSc, MA Integrative Psychotherapy, UKCP Reg, MBACP Acc
Hello, thank you for visiting my profile. After completing a Masters’ Degree, I have worked for twenty years with a wide variety of issues. The central role of my approach to Therapy is relationship, understanding and compassion aiming to provide support and insight into life’s difficulties. Our relationship within ourselves can be weighed down by low self esteem, low confidence and confusion. As a Psychotherapist I aim to shed a genuine and kinder light accompanied by a sound theoretical basis which I believe to be essential.
As your Psychotherapist, I will always place you as my priority and as a unique and special individual with your own needs, troubles and worries searching for understanding and solutions. Emotional and psychological difficulties are sadly a part of our lives. However with a supported exploration, answers and healing can be found. You may have discovered that the most caring and closest family member or friend is not the person you feel comfortable speaking with. However much you may wish to.
The issues I have worked with for the past twenty years include relationship problems, unemployment, bankruptcy, divorce, loss, endings, stress/anxiety, self harm, bereavement, anger management, ill health, suicidal thoughts and attempts, domestic violence, panic attacks, custodial issues, complete breakdowns, family problems, chronic worries, financial difficulties, experiences of "rejection", childhood abuse and any form of sexual abuse, harassment, rape or assault and experiences during childhood or as an adult.
Our First Session
In our first session it will be possible for you to talk about whatever you wish, and to explore your difficulties in a calm and relaxed setting. You may need to ask questions and explain your problems and current issues. My aim will be for you to gain greater insight into situations and experiences, past or present, whilst discovering your inner strengths and resources. Trust may need to be relearned for you to be helped towards a place of healing, acceptance, understanding and self belief.
There may be ongoing worries about personal or work relationships, with family, partners, friends or colleagues, causing you confusion and/or unhappiness. Also during Therapy, it will be possible to address other life issues such as long term anxiety, GAD, a failing marriage, depression, PTSD, Complex PTSD, loss due to a miscarriage or an abortion. I have also worked with the consequences of infidelity, insecurity, feelings of helplessness, parenting problems, individuals with an Aspergers Disorder, body dysmorphia, low self esteem/confidence,regression, adoption, chronic illness and the new knowledge of a terminal prognosis.
You may be attempting to cope with an inability to commit, bullying during childhood, the work place or in relationships, social media issues, recent trauma, an eating disorder which is affecting yourself and/or others, intrusive thoughts, psychological impotence or the ongoing impact of your childhood experiences including separation, abuse or neglect.
The problems you are experiencing will always be approached with sensitivity, empathy and understanding. Enabling you to to address any unresolved memories or thoughts including ongoing or unexpected difficulties. It may also be reassuring to know that everything spoken about in the Therapy Room is completely confidential. Also, as a Psychotherapist I have contributed several Court reports for previous and current Clients, all with successful outcomes.
It may be agreed upon that a six to twelve week contract will provide the solution or an open-ended approach to Therapy may be necessary. This decision can be made at any time during your Therapy and if your decision is to continue then a personalised treatment plan will be designed to meet your individual needs.
Conclusively, my aim is to provide the healing, support and guidance needed to achieve understanding about your past and present. This naturally leading to a more meaningful, stable and contented way of life.
As a Psychotherapist my aim is to be available at any time of need. Whether this is a Crisis Session or a phone call (24/7). I have always treated each person as a unique individual, whilst maintaining a focus on your feelings, thoughts, expectations and hopes.
I can be contacted at any time and I will look forward to meeting you soon.
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 a few minutes from the centre of Lancaster and the Railway Station. 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 suitable times for a session.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
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My regular therapy fee is £40-£50 per hourly session. However concessions are available for students, the unemployed, pension dependent individuals and those who may be experiencing financial difficulties.
My Therapy Room has a calming, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and is located just a few minutes from Lancaster town center and the Railway Station. Parking is readily available and cost free, and the Therapy room is easily accessible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
A wheel chair ramp can be provided if required, but as a trained Occupational Therapist I am aware the initial passage way may be too narrow for certain types of chair, or require transfer to crutches with help.
My availability is flexible and sessions are 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday - Friday. Availability is 24 hours/ 7 days weekly if a Crisis Session is required or a telephone call intervention.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|