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Sophie Muddimer (MBACP) Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling, Level 5 CBT

Bideford EX39 & Barnstaple EX31

About me

Hi I’m Sophie

Please note I am not currently working face to face but have availability for virtual sessions over zoom.

The thought of opening up to someone can make you feel vulnerable and overwhelmed.  I promise to support you through this process and work at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

Perhaps you have developed a brave face you present to others, and letting this fall away for an hour in counselling feels overwhelming. Perhaps you think you should be able to cope with or ‘get over’ your problems alone, or perhaps you secretly believe there’s something wrong with you that can’t be helped. I believe everyone holds within them the power to accept themselves and in time find their own sense of self, choice and happiness. This may feel very far away at the moment, but whatever has lead you to search for a counsellor today, you have taken an important step towards this.

About Me

I currently work as a Counsellor within the NHS but am currently taking on a limited number of private clients.

I have experience working with a wide range of adult clients and can help with: anxiety, panic, phobias, depression, OCD, distressing/traumatic past experiences, chronic illness, relationship difficulties and divorce, historic sexual abuse, low confidence, caring responsibilities, loss, work problems, loneliness, anger, body image and visible difference. I also have a lot of experience working with people living with and beyond cancer.

As a counsellor, I create a confidential, non-judgmental and safe space in which you can be real with how you’re feeling. A space in which you can be listened to, accepted and understood with empathy and compassion. I believe wholeheartedly that counselling only works as a two way process. This is why I work in a gentle and relational way, getting to know you what has bought you to counselling, so that we can build an approach around this and the change you wish to see in your life. As counselling leads you to self-awareness, we can work together to see how you would like this awareness to translate into your life, and your relationship with yourself and others.

I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I tailor my counselling approach to you. My integrative approach has always been based on the core values and of Person-Centred Counselling,  I also tend to draw on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Existential Therapy, creative approaches and Compassion Focused Therapy.

I am a Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, this means I work in line with their ethical requirements and attend regular supervision sessions to ensure I am working ethically and to the best of my ability.

Training, qualifications & experience

Tower House Counselling

  • Introduction to a Counselling Skills Level 2, Jan 2013.
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2,  August 2013.
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3, July 2014.

Iron Mill College

  • TA101 Introduction to Transaction Analysis Training (15 hours),  November 2015.
  • Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling, Level 5. Feb 2018. BACP accredited Training Course -400 hours Skills Theory and Practice.

North Devon Counselling

  • Mindfulness for Depression, Anxiety and Trauma

Safe Space for Counselling Newton Abbott

  • Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, July 2019

Centre of Appearance Research, Bristol

  • Body Image/Visible Difference after Cancer and its treatment Workshop, August 2019.

Counselling Tutor

  • Online and Telephone Counselling Course (80 hours), July 2020.

Institute of Psychosexual Medicine

  • An Introduction to Psychosexual Medicine for Professionals working with those affected by cancer,  March 2021.

*About to commence Advanced Diploma Counselling Children and Young People, April 2021.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic Illness

Living with and Beyond Cancer

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

From £45.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Free initial chat to find out more about each other (20 mins)

£45 - 50 minute  session (day time)

£55 - 50 minute session (evenings 5:30pm onwards)

I have a limited number of lower cost sessions available, please ask for more details. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Availability

I can offer appointments:

Monday Evening: 5:30pm

Wednesday Evening: 5:30pm 

Thursday and Friday all day 9am-5:30pm

Further information

What to do Next?

People come to counselling for many different reasons, and finding the right counsellor for you is important. I will always offer you a free 20 minute telephone consultation in which we can briefly discuss what you're hoping for from counselling.

Please send me a message through the counselling directory and we can arrange a time to chat on the phone.

On the phone I will explain how I work and we can see if this feels suitable for you. If we agree to work together we can arrange a time and date that suits both of us for your first counselling session.

First Counselling Session

In this session we will talk through confidentiality, how many sessions you would like and how often you would like them to be.

It's ok if you don't know where to start, as a counsellor it's my job to help you find a way. That might mean simply starting with how you're feeling in the here and now. This often leads us naturally to why you chose to start counselling, and what has happened in your life leading up to this point.

It's also ok if you need to offload everything all at once. There is no set agenda to follow, everyone's first session is different.

Availability

I can offer appointments:

Monday Evening 5:30pm

Wednesday Evening 5:30 pm

Thursday all day 9am-6:30pm

Friday all day 9am-6:30pm

30 Pottington Road
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1JH

Bideford
Devon
EX39

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Sophie Muddimer (MBACP) Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling, Level 5 CBT

Sophie Muddimer (MBACP) Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling, Level 5 CBT