Sometimes life can be hard and there are moments that we feel hopeless. For these times of distress I am here to offer you a non judgemental, confidential place where through the therapeutic process you will have the opportunity to find clarity move towards creating a more balanced way forward in your life.
My name is Sophia Kariotaki and I am a highly trained and experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist accredited by The British Psychological Society and a registered member of HCPC. I provide psychological counselling and psychotherapy in a local chartity organisation, supporting families that are facing a serious illness and bereavement and I have an independent private practice in South Manchester. I offer training and workshops to counsellors,psychologists, local authorities and organisations.
People usually come to me when their problems are taking over their life.They find it difficult to cope, and talking to friends and family is not enough. Having someone non-judgemental they can trust and talk to in a safe and confidential environment gives them confidence to manage their difficulties. Personal problems can have a way of taking over your life. you might find yourself repeating the same old pattern, or you might feel stuck and uncertain of whether it will be possible for you to change the way that you feel. sometimes having a professional psychologist to talk to is the first step along the road to helping yourself.
People can find psychological therapy helpful for a host of different reasons, from a need for personal growth and development to assistance with personal problems. some find that psychological therapy is useful when they are faced with difficult stages or transitions in their normal life cycle. transitions may include career changes, relationship breakdown, children flying the nest, or retirement. Other people pursue psychological therapy to help alleviate distress, whether from pressures of living or through long-standing problems that have proved resistant to change. Indeed, individuals may choose psychological therapy for difficulties such as sexuality issues, fertility issues, identity issues, trauma (either recent or from the past), phobias, and many more. others may choose psychological therapy because their life lacks direction or because their life makes no sense.
I am trained in modern psychological methods to help individuals resolve fears, panics and anxieties, and to help them break through depression or other forms of sadness. I am experienced in working with a wide range of problems, difficulties and life issues such as generalised anxiety, couples counselling, family issues, child related issues, trauma, affairs and betrayals, sexuality, depression, postnatal depression, bereavement, work related stress, relationship issues, low self-esteem, bullying, separation and divorce, abuse, chronic illness. I equally specialise in helping and supporting clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, phobias, anger/aggression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress (PTSD), gender and sexuality concerns, self-harm, learning difficulties and other emotional and behavioural problems.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is founded on effective evidence-based practice. Essentially, I work from a a Humanistic Integrative perspective where I integrate skills and theories from various, evidence based psychological approaches such as Gestalt therapy, Person centred therapy, Narrative therapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy and Systemic therapy. However, my first priority is to listen to clients and, with them, develop a strategy to cope with their particular circumstances. During the course of therapy I help clients to explore and make sense of their problems, thereby finding a way forward for them.
As I believe that each person is a unique individual with their own needs and wants, I want to provide you the service that suits your needs and personality. I believe that the establishment of a deep therapeutic relationship is really important in the therapeutic process; as in our daily life we don't match with everybody, it is understandable to not match with all the counsellors. For that reason working with a group of professionals, I can help you to find the right therapist for you and your needs. For more information about my colleagues please visit my website www.psychologyandwellbeing.co.uk
As an accredited member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) www.bps.org.uk I abide by their code of conduct and professional practice. I am also a member of the HCPC.
I aim to provide a highly professional, effective, confidential and quality service that focuses on the individual needs of the client.
About Counselling Psychology
Counselling Psychology is concerned with the application of psychological theories and techniques to help people cope with their difficulties, life issues and psychological disorders. Chartered Counselling Psychologists are highly trained, and their in-depth training contributes a research-based perspective to the talking therapies. Counselling Psychologists combine the art and skills of counselling and psychotherapy with an approach grounded in psychological science, theory and research.
Chartered Counselling Psychologists offer a non-judgemental relationship in a safe and confidential environment where issues and concerns can be openly discussed. Psychological therapy typically involves an assessment where the psychologist seeks to understand problems from the clientâ€™s perspective and how and why the particular difficulties have evolved. During the course of counselling a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches can be used including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Counselling Psychologists usually specialise in two or three approaches, and are trained to choose the most effective approach to fit the needs of the client.
The British Psychological Society believes that clinical supervision is deemed essential for all counselling psychologists. This ensures that good therapeutic practice standards are maintained. All information is treated as confidential, and client details are not disclosed without the clientâ€™s permission.
Counselling Psychology is suitable for young people, adults, families, couples, groups and organisations seeking to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. Sessions vary in number and frequency according to the needs of the individual client.
Chartered Counselling Psychologists work to a strict code of Ethics and Practice. the British Psychological Society (www.bps.org.uk) regulates Chartered Psychologists (C. Psychol).