• Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy for young people and adults

    Sophie East MSc BSc MBACP

  • Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy for young people and adults

    Sophie East MSc BSc MBACP

ABOUT

Deciding to engage in the counselling process can be a difficult decision to make, and sometimes it is made when life circumstances have hit crisis point. Counselling and psychotherapy can be a daunting prospect, but it can be a wonderfully enriching and inspiring experience. It can bring immense relief to questions and struggles that have lingered for too long and allow for changes that you didn’t think possible.

I have been practising as a counsellor and psychotherapist on the borders of Hampshire and Surrey for over 15 years and remain passionate about helping adults and young people to find relief from the stresses and strains they experience in everyday life. Counselling and psychotherapy offers an opportunity to see the options that are available to you and the possible solutions.

All of us will recognise and have experienced many of the issues below at various times in our lives.

Depression, Work pressure, Transition from adolescence to adulthood, Relationship difficulties, Confusion and Indecision, Stress, Anxiety and panic, Fear of the future, Loss of self, Bereavement and loss, Divorce/Separation, Existential angst, Low self esteem/Low confidence, Anger, Inner turmoil.

These normal human emotions and experiences can be crippling if not managed and looked after effectively. I am experienced in helping adults and young people find ways through these challenging feelings to feel more in control.

MY PRACTICE

I split my working week between working for TalkPLUS; www.talkplus.org.uk, a free NHS primary care mental health service, and working from a private practise in Farnham, offering daytime, evening and weekend appointments.  I am also closely linked with Oak Park Clinic; www.oakparkclinic.co.uk, a clinic for complementary health in Crondall, and can offer therapy to those clients who may struggle to get to Farnham at this location. My clinic in Farnham is easily accessible by road and train with Farnham station a 10-minute walk away.

I see adults and young people offering short term solution focussed counselling; usually 6 – 12 sessions as well as longer term psychotherapy. I offer weekly, fortnightly and monthly slots. My work is flexible and is sympathetic to the demands individuals have in this modern world.

My working background is in mental health care and adolescent counselling, having worked in secure hospitals, acute wards, children’s residential units, a day treatment centre offering group therapies for outpatients suffering with mental health problems, a complementary health clinic, and a secondary school where I ran a counselling service for 1600 students. I have worked from the bottom up to allow me to fully engage in the system and understand how to help people. This has made me a better therapist with a sound knowledge of how complex we are as humans, and how this can make our relationships so hard.

More recently I have found an increased interest in supporting individuals going through separation or divorce and helping them negotiate their way through this very complex and often distressing time. I understand the journey someone may take and the emotional impact this has. I also have a particular interest in supporting clients suffering from issues of domestic abuse.

My work with adolescents over the years helps me effectively support young people whose parents may be making the transition to separation and I am closely linked to a collaborative law group who see the benefit of minimising conflict as much as possible and resolving issues in a non-adversarial and transparent way;  www.collaborativelawgroup.co.uk/content/family-consultants

I believe all young people need an opportunity to express themselves in a safe and confidential space with someone who is removed from friends and family.

I have a MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a BSc (Hons) Psychologyand attend regular events and workshops throughout the year to keep me current with the profession and to enhance my knowledge base.

MBACP (Accred)- I have been an accredited member of BACP; www.bacp.co.uk since 2010.

WHY CHOOSE TO HAVE THERAPY?

“What do I want from life?”

“What do I need from life?”

“What do I deserve from life?”

We don’t often ask ourselves these simple questions, yet they are essential for us as human beings. They help us find direction, purpose and meaning in life. When our feelings overwhelm us these questions help us focus on what it is that’s important. Therapy can be very beneficial in helping us to do this by identifying external resources (friends, family, interests) but also our internal ones (self-confidence, certainty, self-assurance, insight)

Counselling can help you to deal with the relationship issues which you may be experiencing in your life. These may be within the workplace, in your marriage or relationship, within your friendships, or in your family system. It may be helpful to focus not only on the current relationships you are in (here and now), but also to think about the importance and significance of earlier relationships, and the impact they may have on the present day. By exploring and confronting them with an unbiased person, external to family and friends, you can gain insight into what the issues are and how you can improve them.

Counselling is not a quick fix but nor does it have to be an endless process. Much can be achieved from short term work which will improve relationships and mood. Often clients will finish therapy with the option to ‘dip in’ as and when they feel the need. Counselling and psychotherapy can be looked at as a tool or resource that needs to be applied and used when life becomes challenging again. Some clients have found themselves returning to me several years later to find guidance on current life events they are struggling with.

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