Sophie Mayhew

Sophie Mayhew



01752 875360 / 01752875360

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About me

About me:

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 and Truro.

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

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


Other areas of counselling I deal with


Self critical thinking


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 and Truro.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible rooms
  • Accessible bathrooms.
  • Refreshments are available.

Maps & Directions

Truro, TR1
Plymouth, PL1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Fully accessible rooms and bathrooms. Lift available.





Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme