Sophie Parry-Williams

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Walthamstow, E17
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About me

Hello,

I am a qualified Psychotherapist registered with the UKCP specialising in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy. This means I am qualified to deliver psychotherapy to families, couples and individuals. In addition, I am a qualified relationship therapist - trained in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression. 

Just as our physical health may require professional attention, at certain times, our emotional health may need specialist consideration too. Therapy can provide a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. Whether there is an issue that stems from your history or from a current life situation, it offers an opportunity for you to talk with someone who is trained and experienced, to listen attentively and to help you consider your choices, relationships, dilemmas, history and your future.

As a therapist, with over 30 years experience of working in the field of mental health it is my intention to help people find ways of living that suit them best as individuals, as partners and as members of a family and community. The majority of my experience has been working with children, young people, couples and families, and relationships have always been my focus.

As individuals, we do not exist in a vacuum and I believe it is our relationships with others that shape who we are. It might be that you want to focus on your relationships with just the therapist, with your partner or family. I can offer individual, joint and family meetings.

Couples therapy is a type of therapy that aims to help partners address relationship conflict, improve communication, and increase empathy and understanding for one another. Often it is not what we are arguing about, but how we are arguing that causes distress as we can find ourselves in patterns of behaviour with our partners that can leave us feeling lonely and misunderstood. Emotionally Focussed Couples therapy is an attachment based therapy that provides a safe space for couples to explore their dynamics, work through challenges, and develop healthier ways of relating to each other. Whether you’re dealing with communication issues, trust concerns, or other relationship difficulties, couples therapy can offer valuable insights and tools to enhance your relationship.

Having worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for most of my year career, I have a rich knowledge and understanding of teenage emotional well being. I work with families on their own but also have facilitated many parent support groups and parent education groups. One of the biggest risks to parental mental health, I believe, is if seeing your child in distress and not knowing how to best support them. If you are, or if you have a child who is experiencing poor mental health, I can offer support to child, parent and family. I hold a PG Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Treatment for children and young people and provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to young people with anxiety disorders and depression.

I imagine that by the time you have found your way to this website you have made the choice to make some changes in your relationships. I also understand that this is a very important first step. Seeking therapy is a courageous act and not a decision taken lightly. With this in mind, I try to be as responsive as possible and will aim to reply to any enquiries within 24-48 hours.

Some of the issues I regularly work with include:

  • Anxiety and depression in children/young people including self harm and eating disorders

  • Couple and relationship difficulties

  • Parenting issues with children of all age groups

  • Issues relating to divorce, separation, step-parenting and lone parenting

  • Coping with the effects of stress on relationships

  • Meeting the challenges of life cycle changes

I am available to meet with you online, phone or face to face.

I hope my profile will help you understand a little more about my work, but please feel free to contact me either by phone or email. After the initial phone conversation, there is no obligation to work together.

Please visit my website for more information.

www.familytalking.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA in Psycho-Social Studies (University of East London)
  • MA in Social Work (Goldsmiths College)
  • MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy - Families and couples (Birkbeck College)
  • PG Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Treatment for children and young people. CBT for anxiety and depression (University of Reading)
  • Core Skills in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy)
  • Externship in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy).

I am UKCP Registered and receive supervision and training. I am committed to continuing professional development.

I work privately and for the NHS. In my private practice, I offer individual, couples and family therapy. 

I have 30 years experience of working with children, adolescents and their families. I have worked for the NHS as part of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I have worked with children from babyhood to adolescence - who present with a wide range of issues from sleeping and potty training to leaving home. The complexity of difficulties has also been diverse ranging from managing temper tantrums to eating disorders and anxiety and depression.

Member organisations

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Fees

£90.00 - £120.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The initial meeting is usually longer than normal (75 minutes as supposed to one hour). This is an opportunity for us to begin to get to know each other and for you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you. It is important that you feel comfortable and safe.

I charge £90 for individual meetings

I charge £100 for couple sessions

I charge £120 for family sessions

When I work

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Further information

I appreciate that there can be a number of hurdles to actually getting to appointments. i.e. parents might find getting a babysitter to come to a meeting being one, or people who work finding the time to travel to a meeting another. For this reason zoom or teams can be a very practical option. I can occasionally offer a home visiting service as well. I have availability for you to visit my office in East London. Some may find the opportunity to talk in a 'neutral' space to be very helpful while others prefer the comforts of their own home. The option, however is available so please do enquire.

Walthamstow, E17

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Couples
Families

Key details

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Online platforms

Microsoft Teams
Zoom
Sophie Parry-Williams
Sophie Parry-Williams