Sophie Atkinson

Sophie Atkinson MBACP

Chelmsford, Essex, CM2

07881 635524

About me

I am a private psychodynamic therapist working with adult individuals, young people, organisations, families and couples in a private and quiet consulting room within a counselling setting. 

I work long and short term as well time limited and I am currently offering therapy both remotely and face to face. I have been practicing for over twelve years.

I work with clients who have experienced trauma, psychosexual problems, bereavement, loss, grief, life changes and challenges, relational issues, IVF and sudden infant loss. As well as ex-cult and high demand group members and coercive relationships.


I have worked for a local Chelmsford based counselling charity, for MIND and within a GP practice. I have also co-led a certificate in counselling skills course. 

Training and qualifications

I have a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and a Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapy and I have recently completed Dr Gillie Jenkinson’s Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling and Recovery. 

I am currently working towards my British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP) accreditation. 

Member of the BACP

Member of the PCSR

Member of the PCU

Professional Indemnity Insurance

GDPR compliant 

ICO registered

How counselling works

Seeking counselling can feel very daunting, we may know why we need some additional support or we may be confused or uncertain as to why. Therapy provides a safe environment to explore the past and present including thinking about how we feel, our behaviours as well as our emotions and thoughts. I provide a non-judgemental supporting framework to learn about oneself and recognise the areas of hurt, confusion or upset. 

An initial phone call or session helps to establish a working framework and guidance for working together. 

Post-cult Counselling

I am trained in Dr Gillie Jenkinson’s Post-Cult Counselling Programme. This provides support and guidance to an ex-cult member through a specifically designed workbook to enable and develop an understanding of their cult experience and trauma. It includes psychoeducation, reflection, cognitive understanding and emotional healing. Additional counselling to provide additional support can also be provided following competion of the workbook.