Sophia HafslundEMDR therapist
When we feel stuck and alone with difficulties that we face, therapy can help to shine a light on the internal resources and wisdom that we have to support us to navigate challenges, separate from unhelpful coping mechanisms & critical thoughts and to discover self-compassion, self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Welcome, I’m Sophia
I'm a Creative Therapist and EMDR therapist experienced in working with adults and children with diverse stories, experiences and challenges.
I am committed to supporting clients to overcome the impact of trauma and associated physical and psychological symptoms that are preventing you from being in the present moment and causing isolation from your authentic selves, relationships and the world around you, whether this be overwhelming and life-changing events ‘big T’ traumas or traumas that are part of many of our lives such as relationship break-ups, work stress and burnout or living with depression and anxiety.
I'm a trauma-responsive therapist, trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy), a specialist, evidenced-based therapy for trauma and PTSD that helps to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR can also support with healing from anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
I draw on neuroscience, parts- work (internal family systems), creative therapy tools, somatic therapy, compassionate inquiry and psychodynamic psychotherapy in my practice to offer processes, tools and techniques that are the best-fit for you and your unique stories and paths to healing.
I’m passionate about supporting you to connect with and strengthen your wise and compassionate inner voice whilst working with your inner critic to move away from thought and relational patterns that are causing you to feel distressed, stuck or hopeless.
Central to my practice is the belief that understanding and finding compassion for all parts of ourselves is key to alleviating distress and living as our authentic selves.
My approach is empathic, non-judgemental and collaborative; using individuals’ natural creativity to explore and connect with their stories, bodies and feelings to move towards greater self-awareness and freedom from barriers to well-being.
I offer a whole-person process that encourages tuning-in with your body, listening to what is being communicated and finding ways to express, understand, celebrate and take care of your whole-self.
OnlineI provide my services online
Issues often worked with
Research shows us that the relationship between therapist and client is key to a successful therapeutic process. I offer a free 20 minute discussion to connect with new clients, this offers the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and for both of us to get a sense of whether it's a good fit for therapeutic work.
Sessions are £55 for 50 minutes.
EMDR sessions are 90 minutes, £75.
Training and qualifications
I have a Masters in Dramatherapy (Merit) from Roehampton University (2014), where I undertook rigorous training in psychological development, therapeutic interventions, application of creative tools to the therapeutic process and clinical work with both adults and children.
I am a trained EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy), through the EMDR Academy training, which is accredited by EMDR Europe.
I've over ten years of experience working as a therapist in diverse settings including; NHS specialist Eating Disorders Service, NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), schools & higher education.
I'm registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists) and EMDR Association UK.
I'm committed to life-long learning both in my own practice of self-inquiry and my professional practice, I am currently undertaking a year-long course in Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Mate.
I've had the privilege to support clients to process losses & endings; find their healthy, authentic voices; overcome shame & self-doubt; express thoughts & feelings & explore identity through creative expression; develop understanding & find compassion aspects causing distress to grow through challenges