About me

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with ten years’ experience of working within the NHS. I trained at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, a leading institution worldwide for clinical research and training in psychology and psychiatry.

I am fully accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). The therapy I offer is evidence-based and consistent with NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). This means it is proven to be effective in the treatment of particular psychological difficulties.

I work with clients with a wide range of difficulties including the following: depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social phobia, specific phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), low self-esteem, stress, insomnia and anger.

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Experience and Qualifications


Postgraduate Diploma in CBT
Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions
Postgraduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology
BA in Modern Languages
BABCP accredited


Over the past ten years I have worked in a number of NHS ‘IAPT’ services in London (Improving Access to Psychological Services) providing CBT, both in groups and individually, to clients with a broad range of difficulties. I completed my CBT training at the Institute of Psychiatry, where I was fortunate to be taught by leading experts in the field. Prior to this, I trained in ‘Low Intensity’ CBT at the University of Surrey. As a therapist, I am passionate about what I do and the cognitive-behavioural approach. Clients often comment that I come across as warm and kind. My special interests include PTSD and working with low self-esteem.


“You have helped me change so much in my life in such a positive way”

“Thank you for giving me knowledge and understanding that I can take away with me. You always helped it all make sense!"

“Thank you so much. You are an incredibly thorough, caring and insightful psychologist.”

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CBT is a time-limited form of therapy. It is structured, focused and is an active psychological treatment which focuses predominantly on the here and now. One of the main principles of CBT is that our thoughts influence our feelings. Our perception of events, of ourselves, others and the world around us, will affect the way we feel emotionally. Another key principle in CBT is that our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiology are interlinked and therefore all influence one another. This means that change in one area can lead to change in another. In CBT there is a strong emphasis on change. CBT can help people to understand what is keeping their problems going and it can help them to develop new and more helpful ways of dealing with certain difficulties.

Sessions and Fees

A course of CBT can range from 6 to 20 sessions depending on the nature of a person's difficulties. On average, I tend to see clients for 10 to 12 sessions. Sessions are 50 minutes long. For consistency, appointments are usually held at the same time every week. The first session is an assessment appointment during which a person’s difficulties and their goals for therapy are discussed in detail. If at this point CBT does not seem suitable, another form of therapy may be recommended. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions.

Availability: I offer early morning, daytime and evening appointments. Cancellations: I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.

I charge £80.00 per session.
I also offer an off-peak rate of £65.00 per session for daytime appointments at the following times: 11.00am, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Book an appointment


Phone number: 07415 825 857
Email address: enquiry@sophieleather.com

I am based at the following two locations in Islington:

335 City Road, London, EC1V 1LJ

Barnsbury Therapy Rooms, 144 Liverpool Road, Islington, London, N1 1LA

How to find me at 335 City Road:

My therapy room is located at the top of City Road near Angel Tube station. It is easily accessible with several transport links. Angel Tube is on the Northern Line and Highbury and Islington Tube is on the Victoria Line and London Overground. A number of bus routes pass through Islington including the following: 214, 4, 43, 19, 153, 476, 341, 73

How to find me at Barnsbury Therapy Rooms:

The nearest underground stations to Barnsbury Therapy Rooms are 'Highbury and Islington' or Angel, both a 5-10 minute walk. The nearest Overground stations are 'Caledonian Road and Barnsbury' or 'Highbury and Islington', both a 5-10 minute walk. By bus: 120, 121, 19, 30, 43 and 4, 73, 38, 271. by Car: Metered parking bays are available on Liverpool Road and nearby Gibson Square.