Dr Sophie Hughes
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with individuals with a wide range of mental health difficulties. I have worked in community and inpatient NHS mental health settings for 10 years. I offer face to face, online, telephone and email based therapy.
I offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also draw on Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) approaches when they might be helpful. Everyone is different so it is import to tailor therapy to meet your needs and therapy goals.
People come to therapy for lots of different reasons so it is important for me to understand what you would like us to look at together in therapy and what you would like to gain from our sessions. It is also important for you to feel that we can work well together therapeutically and that you have a sense of feeling supported and listened to by me.
Therefore, we might firstly have a short chat on the telephone to see whether a further meeting would be helpful for you. If you think that it would be useful, we can then arrange to meet for an assessment. This longer meeting helps us to see if I am able to offer the support you need and the therapy approach that might be a good fit for you.
We might then spend some sessions making sense of your difficulties so that we can understand what led to the distress starting in the first place and what keeps the struggles going, as well as identifying your personal strengths that can be drawn on in therapy to help you on your journey. We will then move towards utilising evidence-based therapeutic approaches to help you overcome your struggles and move forward in your life.
Please note- EMDR therapy is only available in face to face therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience of working with individuals with a wide range of mental health difficulties. I also currently work as a university lecturer in psychology.
Although I specialise in working with adults and older adolescents, as a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to doctorate level in the delivery of a variety of therapeutic approaches with different client groups, including children and adolescents, older adults, people with learning disabilities and adults with physical health problems.
- BSc Psychology, University of the West of England
- MSc Health Psychology, King’s College London
- PG Cert, Evidence Based Psychological Treatment, University of Surrey
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton
- Compassion Focused Therapy (Deborah Lee)
Compassion Focused Therapy for group work (Deborah Lee)
Compassion Focused Therapy for trauma (Deborah Lee)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Part 1,2, 3 and 4 (EMDR Works)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Russ Harris)
- ADOS-2 autism assessment (Hogrefe)
- Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation (Wokingham Borough Council)
Other short courses include courses in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression.
Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist (C.Psychol) of The British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)
I am an accredited clinician and member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Registered / Accredited
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Areas of counselling I deal with
For information about fees, please visit the website listed at the top of this profile
Face to face appointments are available on Mondays during the day. Online and email therapy appointments are available on Tuesdays during the day.