As a Humanistic therapist I seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'. This means I focus on the whole of an individual's experience including their thoughts, feelings and actions, to promote self-awareness and development. Past events, experiences and relationships are still of great importance but are explored in relation to their influence on the present.
I work with both adults and young people from the age of 16 upwards on both a short or long term basis depending on the needs of the individual.
Whilst the reasons people come to counselling can be similar, each individual’s experience is unique. My integrative approach is based upon the Humanistic values of counselling and psychotherapy and allows flexibility to work in a way best suited for each individual by drawing from the harmonious theories of:
The relationship between a counsellor and client is created on a foundation of trust, confidentiality and respect. These foundations offer a safe space where you can express feelings, attitudes and beliefs openly and freely without fear of judgement, so they may be explored fully to bring about understanding and acceptance.
What my clients say
"A great big thank you for helping me to get to know myself, and most of all like myself."
"Thank you for everything, you have helped me get out of a dark place and I will always be grateful for that."
"Sophie has helped me to finally start to accept myself and to be kinder to myself which is a massive relief and I am so much happier for it."
"I will take everything I have explored and talked about with you and know I will be able to cope with and enjoy everything in the future."
"The counselling has helped me so much. I am in such a different headspace to when I started. My confidence has grown and grown throughout the process and I now feel like I have the tools and strategies that I need to help me with my anxiety when situations arise rather than feeling overwhelmed." Megan
Area of Special Interest
I currently work for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care as a Counsellor working with patients and their families coping with the effects of chronic or terminal illness and bereavement. Navigating our way towards death or through grief can be challenging and hard to talk about, especially with those closest to us. I have a special interest in this area, helping individuals to explore their multifaceted and complex spectrum of emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioural responses to loss and change.
I have a particular interest on the impact of stress on both the mind and body, and deliver stress management workshops to teams in business. Clients include HSBC, Farebrother, and Quin-Essence Ltd.
I spent a number of years working for the NHS (Surrey Youth Counselling Service) as a youth counsellor. I have a special interest in working with this age group who increasingly suffer with anxiety and depression due to the pressures and experiences they face. My work included working with those who have experienced domestic abuse, neglect, bereavement, self-harm or are affected by long-term illness, as well as issues at school and within the family.