‘brain matters’ offer a range of psychological services, delivered online, direct to the homes, universities and workplaces of individuals, groups, staff teams and companies across the globe.
One-to-one and group degree-level psychology tutoring, delivered by a qualified Clinical Psychologist, for those studying psychology to an undergraduate (BSc, BA), masters (MSc), post-graduate certificate (PGCert; e.g as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies [IAPT] pathway), or doctoral (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology [DClinPsych]) level.
One-to-one and group career mentoring for those hoping to embark on, and applying for, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) courses.
Delivered online via video call (Zoom, Facetime, Skype, What’s App video), one-to-one and group therapy sessions are available for those experiencing symptoms of mental health difficulties, such as symptoms of depression, anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), workplace stress, attachment and relationship difficulties.
Sessions are eclectic, drawing on a variety of psychological approaches – cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), dialectic-behavioural therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic/relational approaches – to build individualised and holistic care packages that empower each individual to embark on recovery and achieve their therapeutic goals.
However, it is believed that the development of a positive therapeutic relationship between therapist and patient is tantamount to recovery from any mental health difficulty; this means shared-decision making and the development of trust and ease.
Also available, one-to-one and group online staff team wellbeing sessions, popular with staff teams experiencing workplace stress and resultant burnout. Sessions consist of led relaxation and meditation.
ALL SESSIONS ARE DONE VIA VIDEO LINK AT PRESENT.
Initial assessments (90 minutes): £80 per session;
Ongoing therapy sessions (50 minutes): £80 per session; ongoing therapy sessions (30mins): £40.
The face behind it all?
Meet Dr Sophie Ann Clifton (BSc, MSc, PGCert, DClinPsych), a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist who trained and qualified in the United Kingdom.
Sophie has extensive academic and clinical experience in the field of psychology. She has worked alongside people of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds, experiencing a broad range of mental health difficulties. These include depression, anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), workplace stress, attachment and relationship difficulties. Sophie has also helped those with co-morbid long-term physical health conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, and weight management difficulties.
Sophie has an empathic and non-judgmental approach to others, and believes that building positive, trusting relationships is central to therapy. She also believes each person, and their difficulties, deserves a psychological approach tailored to their own, personal experience and preferences.
So she takes an eclectic approach, drawing on multiple psychological theories – cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), dialectic-behavioural therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic/relational approaches – to build an individualised and holistic approach, empowering each individual to embark on recovery and achieve their therapeutic goals.
Sophie also believes joy, fun and laughter to be fantastic remedies for distress, encouraging those she works with to inject this back into their lives! As a practising Buddhist, Sophie also enjoys drawing on relaxation, meditation, imagery and mindfulness techniques in her therapy, where appropriate.
Academically, Sophie achieved a 1st (with honours) in undergraduate psychology (BSc) from the University of Birmingham, as well as a Masters (MSc) in forensic psychology from the University of Surrey. She also holds a post-graduate certificate (PgCert) in evidence-based psychological therapies from the University of Reading, which she completed just before the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych; Coventry and Warwickshire course). Sophie’s specialist psychological interests are now forensic psychology and neuropsychology.
Outside of psychological work, Sophie has experience working as a Buddhist Chaplain in prison settings, leading study groups and meditation sessions with prisoners, creating safe and calm spaces for the exploration of personal values and spirituality. In her spare time, Sophie likes to meditate, keep fit, spend time with friends and bake them vegan delights.
Tel: 07926 789 671