Dr. Sophie Thomas
Sophie is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialist interest in working with children, young people and their families. Sophie has worked across a range of settings within Clinical Psychology, including parent-infant mental health, early intervention for children with additional needs and child and adolescent learning disability services.
Sophie’s approach to working with children and young people and their families/carers involves being creative and adapting the evidence-base to fit the needs of the people she is working with. Sophie involves the people around the child or young person as much as possible during her work together as she thinks that it is important to understand how the difficulties are being experienced by everyone and what else is happening around the difficulties. Working alongside or with family members also supports the continued practice and repetition of new skills and strategies, even after Sophie has said goodbye.
The approaches that Sophie uses in her work are based on the information you share with her and your hopes for the outcome of therapy. Sophie has been trained in a number of psychological approaches and models and will work alongside you to think about which may be most helpful for your family at this current time. The main models Sophie uses in her work are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) plus Systemic and Attachment approaches. Sophie understands difficulties by thinking about what is going on around a person, including at school, home, with friends and family and the wider community as well as social and cultural influences. Sophie also draws upon parent’s relationships with their children to support the movement towards meaningful changes.
Sophie completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at Cardiff University in 2020. She has completed additional training in the Foundational level in systemic theory and practice, delivering the Circle of Security Parenting and Classroom programmes, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Video Interaction Guidance (VIG).
Sophie is registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist (PYL039054)
- Applied Psychology (BSc)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)