I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with ten years’ experience of working within the NHS. I trained at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, a leading institution worldwide for clinical research and training in psychology and psychiatry.
I am fully accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). The therapy I offer is evidence-based and consistent with NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). This means it is proven to be effective in the treatment of particular psychological difficulties.
As a therapist, I am passionate about what I do and the cognitive-behavioural approach. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients, developing a joint understanding of their difficulties and tailoring treatment plans to the individual. Clients often feedback that I come across as warm and kind which helps them to feel at ease early on in therapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Sophie
CBT is a time-limited form of therapy. It is structured, focused and is an active psychological treatment which focuses predominantly on the here and now. One of the main principles of CBT is that our thoughts influence our feelings. Our perception of events, of ourselves, others and the world around us, will affect how we feel emotionally. Another key principle in CBT is that our thoughts, feelings, behavioural responses and physiology are interlinked. This means that changing the way we think, can change the way we feel and how we behave. In CBT there is a strong emphasis on change. CBT can help people to understand what is keeping their problems going and it can help them to develop new and more helpful ways of dealing with certain difficulties.
A course of CBT can range from 6 to 20 sessions depending on the nature of a person’s difficulties. On average, I tend to see clients for 10 to 12 sessions. Sessions are 50 minutes long. For consistency, appointments are usually held at the same time every week. The first session is an assessment appointment during which a person’s difficulties and their goals for therapy are discussed in detail. If at this point CBT does not seem suitable, another form of therapy may be recommended. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions.
Areas I work with:
I work with clients with a wide range of difficulties including the following:
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social phobia
- Specific phobia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Health anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Low self-esteem
- Anger management
Experience and Qualifications:
- Postgraduate Diploma in CBT
- Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions
- Postgraduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology
- BA in Modern Languages
- BABCP accredited
Over the past ten years I have worked in a number of NHS mental health services across various parts of London including a psychological therapies service at the Maudsley Hospital, a clinical institution renowned for excellent standards of care. I have also worked for one of the leading private mental health hospitals in central London. The high quality supervision and training I have experienced throughout my career have been instrumental in my development as a practitioner. I am committed to evidence-based practice and always strive to deliver high standards of care. I completed my CBT training at the Institute of Psychiatry where I was fortunate to be taught by leading experts in the field. Prior to this, I trained in ‘Low Intensity’ CBT at the University of Surrey.
I charge £80.00 per session.
I also offer an off-peak rate of £70.00 per session for daytime appointments at the following times: 11.00am, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.
Availability: I offer early morning, daytime and evening appointments. Cancellations: I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.