Support Counselling in West Sussex

Support is to agree with and give encouragement to someone,
because you want them to succeed.

Verified
I cannot rate Sophie highly enough, I was never a big believer in these kinds of things and could never see how talking could sort things out for you. I went to Sophie at a very low point in my life and came out a different person. Just through talking I have made massive decisions, taken my life into my own hands and now feel on top of the world, the best news is I will always have her number for the future. I hope everybody has the same positive experience.
Duncan Driver
Duncan Driver
2020-09-29
Verified
I could not recommend Sophie as a counsellor highly enough. She is extremely professional and makes you feel very comfortable and at ease. She allows you the time to talk, cry and laugh and I never felt judged. She maintains complete confidentiality. She helped me unravel my anxieties at my own pace and remembered so many things I had confided in her from one week to the next. She has given me the tools I need to live a more confident life and opened my eyes to many things that I hadn't realised were affecting me. I feel much stronger as a person as a result of the sessions with her. Even through lockdown we managed sessions over FaceTime, which I loved because I was in the comfort of my own home. My friend recommended her to me and I would recommend Sophie to anyone without hesitation.
Clare Shipp
Clare Shipp
2020-07-03
Verified
I can one hundred percent recommend Sophie for counselling. I found working with her an extremely positive experience. I had lost my mum and also had a difficult breakup in a short space of time. I felt my confidence had plummeted. Sophie helped me get me back again. She has empathy, is a fantastic listener and there is a natural warmth with her too. A very encouraging lady. Thank you Sophie!
Julie Hamilton
Julie Hamilton
2020-06-09
Verified
Sophie has been brilliant to work with, very easy to talk to, compassionate and a great listener. My work with Sophie has helped me get back in touch with who I am, and reconnect with what is really important in my life. I am truly thankful to have had Sophie by my side whilst working through some challenging issues. I now have a renewed sense of clarity and am looking forward to my future. Thank you Sophie.
Natalie James
Natalie James
2020-05-19
Verified
I have been seeing Sophie for over a year after hitting a low point in my life. Sophie has helped me back to a good place and I still see her now while my life continues to be challenging, I really can’t thank her enough.
Dan Wood
Dan Wood
2020-05-16
Verified
I have been seeing Sophie on a regular basis for the last year and a half. During this time I was dealing with a relationship breakdown. When I went to Sophie my head was full of “fog” I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. I had so many questions that I needed to answer in order to make things ok for me move forward with my decision to end my marriage. Sophie gave me clarity at a time of total confusion, she helped me work through lots of issues and very importantly taught me to “honour” myself. Quite honestly I really don’t know how I would have got through it without your support Sophie – Thank you, you are a star! X
Sarah Wyatt
Sarah Wyatt
2020-05-04
Verified
Sophie has helped me through some very challenging times. I have found clarity with situations that felt impossible at times and with her support I have found a way through on my journey.
Michelle Harvey-Fogg
Michelle Harvey-Fogg
2020-05-01
Verified
I am very grateful for the time and effort Sophie put into working with me. She helped me change my outlook on life and really retuned my thought processes. Sophie, you have really made a difference to me in the emotional times I experienced after having both of my children, I will continue with the tools you have given me long term. I would recommend Sophie to anyone and everyone! Thank you Sophie.
Hannah Reilly
Hannah Reilly
2020-05-01
Verified
I have been seeing Sophie for about 3 years now. Sophie has helped me deal with a variety of issues including marriage break down , upsets with children and building new relationships. She is calm, caring, and understanding. Non judgemental and lets you lead the way in which you want to go. Sophie has helped me massively and I now have my life back on track and moving forward in a positive way. I couldn't thank Sophie enough for all she has done to help.
Karen Gregory
Karen Gregory
2020-04-27
Verified
Thank you, Sophie, for listening without fear of judgement. You helped change an angry mum and teenage relationship into a positive fun relationship. I didn’t think it possible only a few months ago. Sophie helped my daughter deal with relentless bullies and helped both of us with the stresses our relationship. I wish I hadn’t left it so long and wouldn’t hesitate in asking for Sophie’s help in future.
Craig
Craig
2020-04-26
Verified
I cannot rate Sophie highly enough, I was never a big believer in these kinds of things and could never see how talking could sort things out for you. I went to Sophie at a very low point in my life and came out a different person. Just through talking I have made massive decisions, taken my life into my own hands and now feel on top of the world, the best news is I will always have her number for the future. I hope everybody has the same positive experience.
Duncan Driver
Duncan Driver
2020-09-29
Verified
I could not recommend Sophie as a counsellor highly enough. She is extremely professional and makes you feel very comfortable and at ease. She allows you the time to talk, cry and laugh and I never felt judged. She maintains complete confidentiality. She helped me unravel my anxieties at my own pace and remembered so many things I had confided in her from one week to the next. She has given me the tools I need to live a more confident life and opened my eyes to many things that I hadn't realised were affecting me. I feel much stronger as a person as a result of the sessions with her. Even through lockdown we managed sessions over FaceTime, which I loved because I was in the comfort of my own home. My friend recommended her to me and I would recommend Sophie to anyone without hesitation.
Clare Shipp
Clare Shipp
2020-07-03
Verified
I can one hundred percent recommend Sophie for counselling. I found working with her an extremely positive experience. I had lost my mum and also had a difficult breakup in a short space of time. I felt my confidence had plummeted. Sophie helped me get me back again. She has empathy, is a fantastic listener and there is a natural warmth with her too. A very encouraging lady. Thank you Sophie!
Julie Hamilton
Julie Hamilton
2020-06-09
Verified
Sophie has been brilliant to work with, very easy to talk to, compassionate and a great listener. My work with Sophie has helped me get back in touch with who I am, and reconnect with what is really important in my life. I am truly thankful to have had Sophie by my side whilst working through some challenging issues. I now have a renewed sense of clarity and am looking forward to my future. Thank you Sophie.
Natalie James
Natalie James
2020-05-19
Verified
I have been seeing Sophie for over a year after hitting a low point in my life. Sophie has helped me back to a good place and I still see her now while my life continues to be challenging, I really can’t thank her enough.
Dan Wood
Dan Wood
2020-05-16
Verified
I have been seeing Sophie on a regular basis for the last year and a half. During this time I was dealing with a relationship breakdown. When I went to Sophie my head was full of “fog” I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. I had so many questions that I needed to answer in order to make things ok for me move forward with my decision to end my marriage. Sophie gave me clarity at a time of total confusion, she helped me work through lots of issues and very importantly taught me to “honour” myself. Quite honestly I really don’t know how I would have got through it without your support Sophie – Thank you, you are a star! X
Sarah Wyatt
Sarah Wyatt
2020-05-04
Verified
Sophie has helped me through some very challenging times. I have found clarity with situations that felt impossible at times and with her support I have found a way through on my journey.
Michelle Harvey-Fogg
Michelle Harvey-Fogg
2020-05-01
Verified
I am very grateful for the time and effort Sophie put into working with me. She helped me change my outlook on life and really retuned my thought processes. Sophie, you have really made a difference to me in the emotional times I experienced after having both of my children, I will continue with the tools you have given me long term. I would recommend Sophie to anyone and everyone! Thank you Sophie.
Hannah Reilly
Hannah Reilly
2020-05-01
Verified
I have been seeing Sophie for about 3 years now. Sophie has helped me deal with a variety of issues including marriage break down , upsets with children and building new relationships. She is calm, caring, and understanding. Non judgemental and lets you lead the way in which you want to go. Sophie has helped me massively and I now have my life back on track and moving forward in a positive way. I couldn't thank Sophie enough for all she has done to help.
Karen Gregory
Karen Gregory
2020-04-27
Verified
Thank you, Sophie, for listening without fear of judgement. You helped change an angry mum and teenage relationship into a positive fun relationship. I didn’t think it possible only a few months ago. Sophie helped my daughter deal with relentless bullies and helped both of us with the stresses our relationship. I wish I hadn’t left it so long and wouldn’t hesitate in asking for Sophie’s help in future.
Craig
Craig
2020-04-26

Whether this is the first time that you are engaging in counselling or you are returning, one area that I personally feel is really important during this time is support.

Why not contact me for a Free 20 minute taster session?

07525 116668 sophie@yourspacetoday.com

Support for the Client

When we first meet, whether you are having the free initial 20 minute session or the full 50 minute session, I always allow time for us to look at the impact counselling may have on you and how support may look like, for you.

At this point I would like to introduce the term ‘self-care’ (please refrain from confusing this with the word ‘self-ish’).

Self-care is about what you may need in order for you to take care of yourself, before, during and after counselling. You have decided to take the step and have counselling, which I believe is a great investment to yourself, so why not take time to see what you may need to have in place to assist you with this? Self-care may be a new concept to you, embrace it, because you’re worth it.

Let’s break this down further…

Before your counselling session: think about dinner, can it be an easy option tonight? Allow yourself time to get to your session, allow yourself time to breathe and have a moment before your session, switch off your phone, park the 101 things on your to do list, they can wait 50 minutes this is your time and Your Space for you.

During your counselling session: this time is all yours.

After the counselling session: Remember this is still all about you – It could be that when you drive away after a session you play a piece of music that you find calming or uplifting, have a bath or go for a walk to process what came up for you in the session today?  When you walk through the door you may want to consider what You need from your partner or family member(s), it could be a hug or for them to allow You to have half an hour for You to be able to just ‘be’.

I also feel it can be helpful to consider the following points, if people close to you are aware that you are having counselling:

  • Would you like them to ask you how the counselling session went?
  • Would you prefer not to talk about your counselling session and would like them to understand this? (It may be that at a later time you may want to talk about it – it’s your choice).
  • Would you like them to say if they have noticed changes about yourself?
  • Would you like them to wait to be asked if they have notice changes about yourself?

These are just a few questions to ask yourself and they can change throughout your counselling time, because it is Your Space, your time and it is all about you.

Next, please get in touch…

Support for the Families of the Client

When someone is attending counselling this can be a difficult time for you too. Someone who you care for very much is now going to see someone for counselling, you may find that you are berating yourself, as to why you couldn’t help them.

I also believe asking yourself what might you need during this time? This could feel like an odd question as it isn’t you that’s having the counselling, but I do feel it is an important question.

What support do you have?

Could it be useful for you to seek some counselling to share your concerns about how this may feel for you.

It may be that what your loved one’s experiencing is causing you upset or distress, as you feel that you could have done something differently, or you feel helpless. Engaging in counselling yourself, could give you the space to explore the effect of your how your loved ones difficulties is impacting on You.

Confidentiality in counselling is paramount, building trust with their counsellor enables the client to open up and share their difficulties.

For someone who is trying to support the person attending counselling, this can be really difficult to sit with. The “not knowing’ what is happening in the sessions, (especially if you are paying or it is your child attending counselling), but I ask you to trust in the process, give your loved one the space that they need (and indeed the space that you may need).

It may be the child wants you just to be Mum and not their counsellor. The same goes for a partner, just to ‘be’ there for them and nothing more, well maybe to fetch a cup of tea and chocolate biscuit!

If you still have any questions about counselling or how to support someone having counselling, please do contact me, I would be happy to support you too!