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)