Dr Sophia Butt

Chartered Forensic Psychologist

I am a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

I believe that no one should face their difficulties alone and that with the right support, everyone has the potential to heal and grow, which shows in my passion to work with people.

My strength is in being able to build strong therapeutic relationships with my clients, and providing them with a safe, warm and non-judgemental space to explore their strengths, and work through their challenges.

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My Experience

Being a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist with over 17 years- experience, I have worked extensively across a range of settings including, local authority residential care, HM Prison service, independent sector and the NHS. My vast experience of carrying out assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions both within a group setting and individually, has allowed me to work across various client groups, with different religious backgrounds and ethnicities whilst adopting a culturally sensitive approach. With this in mind, I understand the role of, and the use of language in accessing and evoking different emotions which are often culture specific. I am fluent in spoken Urdu, Hindi and have a good understanding of spoken Punjabi and therefore, I can offer therapeutic work in these languages if required.

I work with and provide support for families and carers of clients with severe and enduring mental health problems. Working collaboratively, and by using a variety of therapeutic approaches and skills suited specifically to you, my aim will be to help you achieve your personal goals and help you live the kind of life you wish for. I will ensure that our first meeting gives you the opportunity to ask questions, discuss your expectations and your goals and perhaps most importantly, give you the chance to begin to feel listened to, supported and start to feel connected. Your therapeutic journey will begin the first time we meet and will continue for as long as you feel you need it with regular reviews in between to reflect on your progress.


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT training)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Emotionally Constricted Patients
  • Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice incorporating MSc. in Forensic and Family Psychology: University of Birmingham 2003-2007
  • BSc Psychology: University of East London 1999-2002


  • HCPC – The Health and Care Professions Council: PLY03265
  • BPS – The British Psychological Society


I work across the lifespan with clients who experience a range of challenges from the relatively mild to the more severe and enduring.

My expertise covers a range of psychological problems including: depression, low mood, anxiety disorders, OCD, stress, anger, addiction, low motivation, trauma, nightmares, PTSD, guilt, relationship difficulties, cultural challenges, psychosis, personality disorder and providing support to parents in managing challenging behaviours in young children and nurturing safe and secure bonds with their infants.

I also provide assessments using tools specific to the individual’s needs. This includes specialist neuropsychological assessments. If required, please contact the team to enquire about this service.


I use a range of evidence-based psychological therapies to work with my clients. The model used for you will be specifically based on the assessment of your needs and will often adopt an integrative approach. I am competent in the use of:

  • Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behaviour informed therapy (DBT).


  • PSYD Thesis: Completed at the University of Birmingham (2007): The relationship of Attachment, Childhood Victimisation and Familial factors to Hard Drug Use and Violent Offending. Completed at HMP Stafford, (2006): The links between attachment, childhood factors, substance use and offending behaviour among prison inmates. Presented at the Division of Forensic Psychology, National Conference, 2006.
  • Completed at HMP Stafford, (2005): Prisons Addressing Substance Related Offending (P-ASRO): An evaluation of a prison-based drug rehabilitation programme.
  • Completed at Appledore Parenting Assessment Centre, (2004): An examination of the co-occurrence of rough handling with other punitive parent-child interactions.
  • Completed at the University of East London, (2002): Qualitative investigation into the role of media and culture in the development of body image in Caucasian and Asian males.
  • Butt, S., Chou, S. & Browne, K. (2011). A rapid systematic review on the association between childhood sexual abuse and illicit drug use among males. Child Abuse Review. 20: 6-38


I currently offer online therapy sessions on:

Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00

Fridays: 10:00- 17:00

Saturdays: 10:00-13:00

Evening slots are available upon request. Please contact the team.

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