Sophia Koumi
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Oxford

My fascination with mental health started when I watched Silence of the Lambs and wanted to be like Clarice. My passion was fuelled by my A-level psychology teacher who inspired me to go to university and do a degree in psychology. Since then I have been on a wonderful path of learning and discovery to get to where I am today.

I am a Mental Health Nurse by background having been lucky to train at King’s College London. I spent some time engaging in an activist role within the university to support healthcare students’ needs which took me all the way to parliament. I then moved to Oxford in 2016 and started working as a recovery nurse with adults suffering from substance misuse and associated issues. Then in 2018 I got my training post as a CBT therapist working with children and young people and have been in the services ever since.

My personal interests include hanging out with my lovely rescue puppy and going on lovely long walks, learning how to do DIY around the house, listening to music, watching films, meditation, and yoga, caring for my houseplants, reading, playing netball and cooking.

Clinician Responsibilities of Sophia

Qualifications of Sophia

  • BSc Psychology (University of Portsmouth) 
  • BSc Mental Health Nursing (King’s College London)
  • PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People (University of Reading)
  • PgCert Supervision for Child Wellbeing Practitioners and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (University of Reading)

What Started Sophia On The Path Of Becoming a CB Therapist

  • My interest in CBT started when we had a module in my mental health nurse training, it was something that made sense to me and I liked the principles and the structure. Then, in my first role as a mental health working in addiction I learnt more about and used a lot of CBT principles and techniques which further sparked my interest. I wanted to focus my work and understand CBT more in-depth, so when an opportunity to do my CBT training came up in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs) I jumped at the chance. I feel lucky to say that I absolutely love my job as a CBT therapist and absolutely love working with and alongside children and young people.

Memberships of Sophia

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)

Interesting Facts

  • I am half Cypriot on my father’s side. 
  • My hair is naturally red. 
  • I started a campaign that went nationwide. 
  • I have over 100 house plants. 
  • I like Star Wars.