Sophie Simmons BA (HONS) MBACP
Hello and thank you for viewing my profile. I offer a safe and welcoming environment where change can occur. I understand that taking the first step to finding the right counsellor for you can be a daunting experience. However if you take this first step and get in touch, I would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
As a qualified and skilled counsellor I believe each of us is unique. Our feelings and experiences are completely individual to us. As a counsellor I bear witness to those feelings and experiences which can be difficult to explore or verbalize. Through the counselling process I am privileged to walk alongside each person as they discover their potential to find new hope and create a positive change in their life.
As a qualified Person Centred Counsellor I provide a safe and welcoming environment for the individual to explore and uncover the difficulties that they are facing. Within the person centred approach we work together to create an environment where change can occur.
The number of counselling sessions required will vary from person to person. I am able to offer both short term therapy, which is about six sessions and more long term or open ended counselling if it is required. It is important to review the counselling sessions on a regular basis, so each person, the client and the counsellor, can assess how the process is going for them.
I am flexible and offer appointments on weekdays, evenings and weekends.
I practise from my private office in the Stanway area of Colchester.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Therefore I abide by their ethical frameworks. I also hold full professional indemnity insurance and continue with my ongoing personal and professional development.
My counselling service provides a safe, supportive setting and an opportunity for you to have the space to explore what’s going on for you right now. Whether you are affected by feelings and experiences from the past or by more immediate issues you will be able to explore what those feelings mean to you and understand how to move forward.
I understand that taking the first step in finding the right counsellor for you can be an overwhelming experience. However, if you take this first step and get in touch, I would be pleased to answer any questions you may have. I would like to thank you for reading my profile and wish you all the very best on your journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in higher education in Person-Centred Counselling. Essex University.
Advanced BA (Hons) Diploma in Person-Centred counselling. Essex University.
Certificate in Sandtray therapy skills.
Certificate in Working with Self Harm.
Certificate in Child Sexual Abuse : Hope for Healing.
Certificate in Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery/Certificate in Dealing with Distress, working with Self Harm and Suicide.
The Ministry of Parenting STOP level 1 Parent Training Programme.
The Ministry of Parenting The Incredible Years Programme.
I volunteered at Colchester Institute counselling service. I worked with a diverse range of people each experiencing a wide variety of issues.
I have volunteered at Open Road working with people that are confronting drug and alcohol addictions.
I have also volunteered at CRUSE working with people that have suffered a bereavement and are struggling with the impact that has on their lives.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
For the initial assessment or for the counselling sessions
Initial assessment £40.00 per session
Adults and young people £40 per session
I also offer a concessional fee for students and those on low incomes.
Please feel free to call or email me to discuss these further.