Sophie is a Forensic Psychologist, working with adults and older adolescents who are struggling with complex difficulties. She has had rich and varied experience of working with adults and children across a variety of settings, and has worked alongside Children’s Social Care with families who are within the child protection system. Sophie has been instructed as an expert witness in care proceedings and has offered advice and recommendations to Social Care about adults who show deeply held patterns of unsafe parenting.

Sophie’s experience includes therapeutic interventions in community and inpatient settings across both forensic and clinical settings. She has a passion for working with both victims and perpetrators of crimes and has a special interest in working with Complex Trauma.

Sophie uses a number of therapeutic modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in her work with clients. Whilst Sophie is trained in a number of different approaches she will work integratively and flexibly to meet the needs of the client.

Sophie has extensive experience of working with emotional instability, interpersonal difficulties, violence, and aggression within an overall experience of repeated early trauma. Sophie is formulation-driven, rather than diagnosis-driven, which means that she is passionate about helping individuals (and their networks) build a narrative which helps to understand the impact of their experiences on their needs, rather than categorizing symptoms. Sophie works with individuals who might attract a diagnoses of personality disorder or mood disorders from other services. She also has experience of working with individuals with learning disabilities and those with autism.

Sophie treats each client as an individual and will help them to develop an understanding of their difficulties through a collaborative psychological formulation. She is committed to the idea that ‘no one size fits all’ and works to create a bespoke therapeutic plan for all of her clients.

Sophie truly believes that a good therapeutic relationship is one of the most powerful tools within the therapy room; she tries to engage individuals in a way that is meaningful to them – be that though written information, diagrams, pictures or videos; and she recognises that everyone is unique and will work with them to find the best approach. Sophie understands that an individual needs to feel safe and ready to engage in therapy in order for the individual to get the most from their work, and prides herself in building a good therapeutic alliance to help people progress through their therapy at a pace that feels comfortable to them. Sophie acknowledges that therapy can be challenging and therefore will help clients ensure they have the skills needed, and feel safe, prior to progressing to deeper levels of self-reflection.

Sophie has significant experience of psychometric assessment, risk assessment and neuropsychological testing and is well versed in writing comprehensive, formal reports.

Sophie is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL31707) and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS, membership number 416505)

  • Dialectical behaviour therapy training refresher training (5 days)
    British Isles DBT Training, August 2020
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) (Parts 1-3)
    Richman EMDR Training, 2018-2019
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy training (Group and Individual)
    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation trust, October 2013
  • Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (incorporating MSc Criminological Psychology)
    University of Nottingham, 2010-2014
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)
    University of Nottingham, 2007 – 2010
  • Developmental Trauma for Professionals
    Beacon House Online Training, October 2020 (12 hours)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy in forensic settings
    The Compassionate Mind Foundation, 2.5 hours, September 2020
  • An introduction to theory and practice of compassion focused therapy training
    The Compassionate Mind Foundation, 3 days, September 2020
  • Working Successfully in Private Practice
    The British Psychological Society, 1 day, January 2020
  • Assessing the protective skills of mothers, partners and adult carers in intra-familial child sexual abuse (Non-Offending Partners)
    The Lucy Faithful Foundation, 2 days, June 2019
  • Restorative justice training
    Brighton & Hove Learning and Development, 3 days, January 2019
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Debriefing
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2018
  • Introduction to ADOS training package
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 1/2 day, June 2018
  • Sex Offender Treatment Services Collaborative – Intellectual Disability Intervention (SOTSEC-ID) basic training for facilitators programme
    Sex Offender Treatment Services Collaborative, 2 days, March 2018.
  • Violence management programme training and motivational interviewing
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2017
  • Substance Misuse Training Day
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 1 day, February 2017
  • Managing non recent historical sexual disclosures workshop
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, March 2017
  • 2012-HCR-20 Training (2013) Updated V3 Training 2017
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2017
  • Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for Violence Risk (SAPROF)
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 1/2 day, June 2018
  • Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)
    Andrew Sims Centre, 2 days, January 2016
  • Introduction to Solution Focused Practice
    BRIEF, 3 days, March 2015
  • Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youths (SAVRY)
    Violence Risk Assessment Training and Consultancy, 2 days, May 2014
  • International Personality Disorder Examination training (IPDE)
    The University of Manchester, 2 days, 2013
  • START risk assessment training
    Cambian Group, 1 day, 2011