Dr. Sophia Williams
Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Living with chronic illness, Low mood / Depression, Self-esteem, Sexual abuse / Sexual trauma
0-5 years, 6-11 years, 12-14 years, 15-18 years, 19-25 years
Chester (City Centre), Online
Sophia is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for 12 years. Her work has involved working with individuals across the life span presenting with complex mental health difficulties in a variety of settings.
Her area of expertise is working with individuals who have experienced trauma and are having difficulties with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex-PTSD. Sophia has worked within sexual violence services for over 5 years, supporting both individuals in acute distress from a recent trauma, and those reporting historic abuse.
Sophia completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme in Bangor. During this, she worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services providing person-centred therapy and intervention to children and young people presenting with anxiety, phobia, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), low mood and suicidality, Borderline Personality Disorder, and more. Sophia also worked within Child Health Psychology services supporting children and young people adapt to their physical health condition, such as Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, Epilepsy, Tics, and more.
More recently, Sophia has moved to a role within the Child Neurodevelopmental service providing assessment and follow-up intervention for children and young people presenting with symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Prior to her training, Sophia worked as a Research Assistant researching the impact of Childhood Adverse Events (ACEs) on child development and mental health.
Sophia is passionate about tailoring intervention to meet individuals’ needs rather than trying to make children and young people fit into a prescribed box. This sometimes means taking an eclectic approach to therapy, incorporating helpful aspects and skills from a variety of therapeutic approaches in order to treat the presenting difficulty. Approaches that Sophia is trained and experienced in include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy. Sophia also respects the importance of family perspectives and situational factors, and values incorporating the family if necessary to provide a holistic approach.
Sophia is a mum of three young children and appreciates the challenges of being a parent in today’s world. She is also half Ukrainian and enjoys going for walks in the countryside.
- Clinical and Health Psychology (BSc with honours)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)