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BA MBACP (Registered)

About me

Hello and welcome! – I’m Sophie. I’m a fully qualified therapeutic counsellor, with several years of experience of counselling adults and young people both in the community and within educational settings.

How can I help?

I can offer specific support and counselling for; Anxiety and Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, SAD (seasonal affected disorder), Stress, Relationships, Personal development, Loneliness, Decision making, Work-life balance, Improving confidence and Self-esteem, Exploring identity, LGBTQ+ related matters, alongside many other areas of life which may be causing you distress.  

Therapy Sessions

I offer both time-limited and longer term counselling, either face to face in Ramsgate, via Telephone, or Online, based on what you feel you need. Sessions are 50 minutes long.

Generally, the layout of a counselling session with me is as follows:

- A brief 10 minute check-in at the beginning of the session - to see how you are and how your week has been

- 35 minutes of client-led therapy - where we can work through whatever is going on for you.

- The session will end with a check-out that will last approximately 5 minutes. - Within this, I'll check how you're feeling about our session and our work together, and discuss any housekeeping things such as arranging future sessions.

How to get started

To get started in therapy with me, please contact me using the details included on this profile. 

I'll take a few details from you, such as your name and contact number, and we will arrange a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss how I can be of help to you.

Therapy

Deciding to begin therapy can be a challenging and emotional experience, and finding the right therapist for you can be just as tricky. In light of this, if you have any questions about starting therapy or the counselling process, please feel free to contact me. I'm happy to answer any questions that you may have. Additionally, I offer a free initial telephone consultation, if you're thinking of starting therapy, but are unsure of what to expect.

What you can expect from me

Within my counselling practice, clients have described me as warm, understanding, positive, helpful, down-to-earth, and 'chill'.

I believe in the sentiment that 'one size does not fit all' and, therefore, I'm trained in, and use various counselling techniques and theories to provide you a bespoke and personal counselling experience, that is tailored individually to you, based on your needs and goals. Therapy with me is predominantly Client-led - that is: I follow your lead as a client, working on what you want to work on at any given point. This is because I deem therapy as the client's space to use however they desire. If you're a client, it is your process and you must have autonomy in our work together. Working in this way allows me to meet your needs effectively. 

Counselling offers you an opportunity to have some time to yourself, in a space that is safe, confidential and non-judgemental. Within this space I can help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences, to make better sense of your world, and to help you toward a better understanding of yourself and others.

About me

I decided to train as a counsellor after I'd had some counselling that had been absolutely transformational for me. - Since I was young I'd always been someone who cared and empathised deeply for others. - My friends came to me if they had a problem, and I cherished that role. Throughout my life I've always helped others , but desired to help people in a more professional capacity. I'd tried out various different ways of helping others, but none of them seemed to fit me as a person. That was until I'd experienced counselling myself, and a lightbulb went on - I identified with my counsellor and the counselling process on a much deeper level than any other helping roles I'd experienced. - I realised: This is exactly who I am, and who I'm meant to be. - Counselling is my calling.

I'm passionate about hearing others' stories, supporting them through their emotions and thoughts, and helping them to process and heal from their experiences. 

I have a particular interest in helping others to understand their identity - that is; who they are as a person, and everything that is encircled within that. I believe that knowing who we are is vital if we are to understand our experiences, interactions, relationships and all other areas of life.  

Additionally, I have first hand experience of coping with and moving through anxiety and depression, and am keen to support others in this endeavour, along with any other emotional turmoil we, as humans, experience.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring
  • ABC Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Integrative Counselling
  • Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Access to Health Studies

Experience:

  • Private Counselling - Adults and Young People
  • EKC Counsellor - Adults and Young People

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Counselling for young people
  • Identity
  • Confidence building

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Starting at £45 per 50 minute session

Ramsgate, Kent, CT12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

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