Sophie Mayhew

Plymouth, Devon, PL1
01752 875360 01752875360 Registered / Accredited

About me

About me:

ONLINE THERAPY OFFERED. I'm a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Compassion Focused Therapist and Expert Witness for the courts. I worked as an NHS psychologist for over 22 years, qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003. I established my own company in 2017. I have pleasant, fully accessible clinics in Plymouth.

My warm, compassionate and professional approach has enabled many people to face their difficulties, easing distress by facilitating a better understanding of themselves and their individual needs through a bespoke blend of skills training, psychoeducation and a psychological framework of understanding.

I'm one of the South West leads for Compassion Focused Therapy with The Compassionate Mind Foundation a charitable organisation that aims to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion. I also offer counselling, supervision, training and consultancy services. I am an Expert Witness for the court for civil litigation cases.

I'm the author of a number of academic publications in the field of Compassion Focused Therapy and I specialise in the application of this model with clients affected by psychosis. I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Approaches used:

I'm a practitioner of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and draw upon other psychological models where indicated.  I offer face to face or skype sessions. I work with you to develop your compassionate resilience and foster personal growth.

Difficulties I can help with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Complex Trauma
  • Stress
  • Self-esteem
  • Shame
  • Psychosis
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships
  • Grief/loss
  • Self critical thinking

Training, qualifications & experience

ONLINE THERAPY OFFERED. Hello. I have over 22 consecutive years of working as an NHS Psychologist in mental health. I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003. I have extensive experience across the whole spectrum of adult mental health services including Primary Care, Secondary Care, Community Mental Health, Acute Inpatient Services, Rehabilitation and Recovery Services (Severe mental illness), Assertive Outreach (Psychosis), Early Intervention (Psychosis) and Psychotherapy Services. I held an Academic Tutor post for the Doctoral course at Nottingham and Lincoln University and contribute to Doctoral training for Plymouth University.

I engage in regular continuing professional development relevant to my practice.

Formal qualifications include:

PGCert Health Services Management, Keele University, 2009.

D.Clin.Psy. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2003

P.g. Cert. Health Studies, Coventry University, 2000.

BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex, 1991 – 1994

Compassion Focused Therapy Advanced Training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Self critical thinking

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


Assessment (90 minutes):feee on request

Therapy (50 minutes):fee on request

Clinical Supervision (60 minutes): £110

Training and workshops: Fees on request

Expert Witness Assessments and Report: Fee on Request

Further information

  • Fully accessible, professional and comfortable clinics in central Plymouth.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible rooms
  • Accessible bathrooms.
  • Refreshments are available.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Fully accessible rooms and bathrooms. Lift available.





Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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