Dr Sophie Hopper

BSc, MSc, ClinPsyD, CPsychol


Finding the right psychologist can be tricky. The most important aspect of any therapeutic intervention is the fit between the child, the family and the professional. Change is built on positive and genuine relationships. With that in mind, here is some information about me and my journey into Clinical Psychology. I hope it helps you decide whether or not I could be the kind of psychologist that you are looking for.

My background

My journey into the field of Clinical Psychology has been quite unique. My background has been in elite sport. I played football from an early age and this has given me a different arena for growth and development.

My interest in psychology started during my undergraduate studies. I was awarded a football scholarship to America, where I was able to combine my studies and my sport. In addition to sport and study, we were expected to take part in community events where we would use football and other activities to engage with children from disadvantaged areas. This  quickly became something that I really enjoyed. Keen to continue my psychology studies and keep playing football I completed a masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. During my time at Leeds, I completed a Sport Psychology internship with young athletes competing at international level. This was my first experience of working psychologically.

Throughout my studies, I always found myself drawn towards the more clinical aspects of psychology. I was particularly interested in significant levels of difficulty, what causes them and how can help. I worked as an Assistant Psychologist for 3 years before I completed Clinical Psychology Training at the University of Leeds.

Professional Accreditation

Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council

Chartered Psychologist Status with the British Psychologist Society

Great Oak’s philosophy

Clinical Psychologists are trained in a range of therapeutic models, consequently we are able to work with a flexible and integrative approach that is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. All of our interventions are evidence based and approved

by The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

At Great Oaks Psychology we believe that an effective intervention is built on the comprehensive understanding of a young person’s context and knowledge of where the difficulties are occurring. All of our interventions take a holistic approach, with the young persons needs at the very centre.

“We can’t understand a person or a problem independently of the context in which it exists”.

Gregory Bateson