Sophie Cockell, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Sophie Cockell

Surrey KT16
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Sophie Cockell, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Sophie Cockell

Surrey KT16
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My Approach

I am flexible in my approach and gauge how you would like to go on in therapy, whether it is a reflective space to talk or more about suggestions of different things to try out that might make a difference to you.
My social work experience contributes to my understanding about the impact of wider influences such as poverty, class, ethnicity, race and other considerations on mental wellbeing and my Systemic training has an emphasis on considering ethics and power in relationships. I therefore tend to pay close attention to these issues in order to work collaboratively with each person and I am sensitive to working with people from different cultures and backgrounds to my own and attempt to be inclusive of diversity and difference.

My experience is also of benefit to those with relationship struggles leading to symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma or loss. I often work with the following:

• Individuals who would like to better understand their relationships and how they can improve their communication with others
• Couples wanting to improve their relationships
• Where a member of the family may be struggling with addiction or mental health wellbeing, disability or illness
• Where parents may be concerned about their child’s behaviour or when concerned about the effects of separation or bereavement on the family.
• Some families may have special needs to do with multiple losses or traumatic experiences that seem to have been handed down from the past. They can sometimes continue to impact on the family structure and ongoing relationships
• Coping with general life changes for example a child moving school or moving towards independence.
• Couples who are fostering or adopting where extra support may be required.

Here are some of the things that I might do with a family to help.
• Talk about each person’s hopes for their family.
• Listen to you and encourage everyone in the family to talk about their experiences, and to listen to each other.
• Respect and clarify each person’s beliefs, values, needs, hopes and assumptions to help them understand each other better.
• Help families to stop blaming each other and to begin exploring how everyone can work together to make things better.
• Help people to understand the effect their words and actions have on everyone else in the family.
• Explore what each person in the family does well, and what they are most proud of.
• Draw a kind of family tree, called a genogram, to help people think about the different relationships in their family.
• Help families to talk about the challenges they are facing
• Support families as they work towards their own goals.

About Me

Therapy can help people when they are feeling overwhelmed, sad or angry or when they are not sure what to do for the best. Sometimes people feel stuck in repeating unwanted patterns that create hurtful or harmful feelings and behaviours. I believe that therapy can support people through making useful changes in their lives by exploring their difficulties, thinking about how they emerged and by building on their strengths and resiliencies.
Making relationships is at the heart of my therapeutic practice. I draw on the evidence base from research that concludes that whatever a therapist’s theoretical position, it is the quality of the relationship between therapist and clients that creates possibilities for change. Therefore I take a collaborative and flexible approach and offer a safe confidential, therapeutic and reflective space where individuals, couples or whole families including significant others can come and explore their issues together or separately.
Systemic Psychotherapy sees the individual in the context of a network of relationships recognising that we live in a world of relationships and not just in our minds. By focusing on the relationships we live in I can help to support individuals, couples and families to find ways in which they can make it possible to build connections with others that allow them to talk about and manage difficult feelings differently. This way of working acknowledges the importance of our closest relationships.
You don't have to be in crisis or feeling really low for psychotherapy to be useful. I am here for anyone who would like to talk to someone in a confidential and non-judgmental space and available to talk with any family member who may be struggling with, caring for or coming to terms with a member of the family having any kind of a diagnosis.
I have over twenty years experience of working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of statutory and voluntary settings. I have held specialist and senior clinical posts at internationally renowned London Institutions such as The Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Tavistock and Portman.
I qualified as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in 2015 where I have worked since. I completed a further postgraduate qualification in Family Therapy Supervision, Consultation, and Training at the Tavistock Centre and am an AFT qualified Systemic Supervisor in 2018.
I am currently working as a Senior Family Therapist in the National Autism Unit at the Bethlam Royal Hospital and a Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist in the Autism and Learning Disability team at the Tavistock and Portman NHT Foundation Trust.
I also teach and supervise Psychotherapy Students on the Tavistock Master's Training.

I am working online presently but will offer face to face work as soon as restrictions allow.

I work with

  • Children and young people
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

As a social worker who assessed adopters and foster carers and worked with the difficulties that presented themselves in Adoption and Fostering children, I am well placed to work with Adoption and Fostering issues. I understand the complex family relationships, identity, trauma and attachment issues that are often imbedded in the adoption and fostering process. I also have an understanding of the many challenges that adoptive parents have had to overcome in order to adopt and how distressing things can become if they do not live up to expectations. I also have experience of court processes and child protection. I can offer therapy sessions to adopters and to foster carers, to children and to whole families, who would like to meet together or separately to think about ways forward.
I have knowledge and experience of the challenges and rewards that encompass neuro-diversity which includes working with and offering support to significant others both therapeutically and practically. Many people have told me that they find it helpful to have space to talk through the impact of having a child with special needs. It is often very difficult for parents to give time to looking after themselves including accessing services which would support their well being such as counselling or psychotherapy. Physical and mental illness, bullying, feeling different and not fitting in can contribute to low self-esteem and affect confidence; contributing to our difficulties connecting to others. This, in turn, can impact on the relationships and mental and physical well being of those closest to us. If these sound like issues you have struggled with then I am here to help.
I worked at the Gender Identity Service at the Tavistock and Portman for three years. This experience furnished me with an understanding of gender diversity and it's impact on identity. There are many views about gender diversity, some can cause concern and distress. Gender identity has been the subject of much debate with many strongly held and opposing views. I attempt to create a space where conversations about gender be discussed in a way that feels safe and is respectful of difference. I can offer space to individuals, couples or whole families.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Autism
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Parents
  • Supervision

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Surrey Office

Eastworth Road Chertsey
Surrey KT16 8DT
United Kingdom

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UKCP College

  • College of Family Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy (CFCSP)

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Sophie Cockell

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Surrey KT16

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