Sophy Winfield Dip Couns. MBACP
Please note: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, I am offering all of my sessions via video call or telephone call.
Sometimes you might feel that life is difficult, distressing or challenging, maybe not working out as you had hoped it would, or that you are stuck in a way of living that is causing you stress and unhappiness. Talking to friends, family or colleagues can often help. Maybe you don’t want to burden them, don’t have anyone to talk to, or maybe they’re part of the problem. Sometimes we need someone who is outside of the situation, who will really listen to us and our concerns and work with us to help us sort things out, so that we can feel better.
If you’re struggling with things in your life, past, present or future, or you’re not even sure what the problem is, counselling might be the help and support you need.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor. That means that rather than just sticking to just one counselling model (such as Psychodynamic or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) I use different ideas and techniques to suit you. Sessions can be a single session, just a few in number, or on a longer-term basis.
I work with individuals, whether adults, children or young people. I also work with couples.
I offer a friendly, secure and confidential space in the counselling room where you can be understood and valued.
I offer a free initial 30 minute meeting, or a 50 minute first session charged at £35, so that you can meet me before you decide. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and is without any obligation to continue.
I work with clients in person, by telephone and via video call software.
Please get in touch either with me by telephone or e-mail if you are interested in learning more or to arrange an initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) with a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
Alongside my work with clients of all ages in my private practice, I have a special interest in working with children and young people. I have extensive clinical experience working in this area. I work with local senior and primary schools offering one to one counselling to their pupils.
Issues I have dealt with include anxiety, ASD, bullying, low self-esteem, anger, work/life balance, fertility, alcohol, long term illness and it's impact, trauma, school/life stress, self-harm, suicidal ideation, low mood, depression, body image, disordered eating, chronic fatigue, family issues, friendship and relationship issues, loss and bereavement, illness, panic, fear as well as many other areas.
Qualifications and Training attended:
- Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Studies NCFE
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency (Accredited Voluntary Register)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Facilitating Groups
- Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
- Nutritional Interventions For Eating Disorders (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
- Essential Obesity (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
- Currently attending: Master Practitioner Programme for Eating Disorders and Obesity (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
- OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- CPCAB Level 6 Diploma in Clinical Supervision
- Single Session Therapy - SST (Prof Windy Dryden
- Diploma in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy (currently studying)
Postgraduate Level 7 CPD training modules attended for Working With Children and Young People aged 5-25 years including Therapeutic Play, Group Work, Creative Interventions, CBT with Young People, as well as many other areas.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have clinical experience of working with parents and carers supporting them with many issues including post-natal depression, anxiety, panic, anger, infertility, addiction, relationship breakdowns, loss and bereavement, alcohol, abortion, depression, long term health issues and stress.
I have experience and an interest in working with trauma. I am trained in The Rewind Technique, and am currently studying a Diploma in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy. My approach and training means that I have an understanding of trauma, and can support clients to develop the tools and skills necessary to effectively work with trauma in safe, strategic and systematic manner.
Free initial telephone or online session
So that you can meet me before you decide if you want us to work together, I offer a free first 30 minute meeting, or a 50 minute first session charged at £35.
Further sessions are charged at £50 per session. Sessions are up to 1 hour.
I am qualified with an OCN Accredited Certificate in Counselling Supervision, a CPCAB Level 6 Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision and also a certificate in Supervising Groups.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision is offered on a fortnightly or monthly basis and fees are £45 per 1 hour session, £65 per 1.5 hour session and £75 per 2 hour session.
I offer concessionary supervision rate for counselling students in training on recognised counselling courses, so please do ask if this applies to you.
Initial appointment £60
Assessment session £75
Further sessions are charged at £60 per hour
Concessionary rates may be negotiated dependent on individual circumstances. Please do ask if fees are a concern for you.
Appointments are available daytime, some weekday evenings.
Concessions offered for
Weekday daytime, afternoons and some evenings
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
I hold full Professional Civil Liability Insurance.
I have an enhanced DBS check (previously known as CRB check)
Plenty of onsite parking and easy access to bus stop approx 100m away (Regular services for many bus routes including: 500, 501, 61, 50)