Sophie Hobbs BA (Hons), BSc, MA Integrative Psychotherapy, UKCP Reg, MBACP Acc
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist who, after completing a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy, have worked with individuals and groups for twenty years.
My approach to Therapy is understanding, compassionate and progressive whilst always placing my Client as the first priority. In your first session you will be able 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 and my hope is you will feel comfortable in a safe place.
My Therapy Room has a comforting, relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The aim being to guide you into achieving a greater understanding into any current situations or past experiences as well as how they may have affected you. At this point in time, you may believe that your motivation, inner strengths and your coping skills have proven to be ineffective. However, throughout Therapy, these doubts and beliefs will be resolved in order for you to lead the meaningful and satisfying life you deserve.
For many years I have provided change and solutions for Clients experiencing their own unique problems and concerns. These difficulties have presented themselves as depression, anxiety, relationship and marital problems, OCD, a lack of self worth, PTSD, Complex PTSD, and loss aligned with family disruptions and bereavement. It has also proven possible to resolve other issues such as abuse and trauma of varying degrees, anger management, existing suicidal thoughts, ongoing stress, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and cognitive behavioural dysfunction. These distressing experiences and symptoms can be successfully treated with continuous Therapeutic support, care and understanding.
Whilst reading this profile you may have already reached a point where you feel lost in your life or are overwhelmed by situations and experiences both past and present. These difficulties and experiences may also 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 the conclusion will inevitably be different.
Currently, one to one Sessions are continuing with stringent Safety Measures in place. However, as the Corona Virus remains a threat to personal safety, Psychotherapy Sessions may once again be moved to Webcam/Skype.
The Safety Measures mentioned include all surfaces being sanitised with a 70% alcohol based spray between each Session. Also, as my Therapy Room is spacious, it is possible to maintain two metres apart for social distancing.
After consideration, your decision may be to arrange a Psychotherapy Introductory Session. This is a Therapy Session in which you are able to explain the problems and difficulties you feel comfortable sharing. Also, hopefully, we will be able to get to know each other a little better. Consequently, if your decision is to arrange an initial Psychotherapy Session, 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 you are experiencing an overwhelming realisation or an intrusive pattern of thinking. The Crisis Session is reserved for times when you feel unable to cope alone or at a critical time which may lead you to harm.
Thank you for reading my profile and, hopefully, I will hear 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.