Dr Sonja Spranger
I have worked in NHS mental health services since 1999. For 20 years I specialised in working with children, adolescents, parents and families and I currently work within a specialist adult NHS team. I will see children and young people up to the age of 25. I also have extensive experience of supervising psychology and non-psychology colleagues. I can help with a range of common emotional difficulties in young people including challenges in parenting (including adopted children), behaviour problems, attachment difficulties, anxiety disorders including social anxiety, OCD, panic, fears, separation anxiety and phobias, PTSD, issues affecting school attendance, low mood, the impact of trauma, abuse or neglect, low self-esteem and self-harm.
For me therapy is a team effort approached collaboratively, and I will work with you towards a shared understanding of your difficulties within a warm and respectful environment. I can offer different perspectives on possible ways forward whilst being alongside you, and I want to give you the confidence to achieve the kind of life that you want. I am passionate about helping young people and families live valued and fulfilled lives. I follow best practice guidelines, and will tailor my approach to fit with your individual needs.
Models I work with
I have further training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) both for young people and adults and Dyadic Developmental Therapy (DDP). I also use mindfulness based approaches and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). I can use models in their pure form, or adapt my approach to draw on a variety of different models to suit you. Having an integrative approach is a common way of working for Clinical Psychologists.
I currently hold a clinic in Southampton and offer face to face appointments on Monday morning and Monday and Wednesday evenings. I work with children and young people up to 25 years. I also offer CAT therapy to people 18 years upwards.
Training and qualifications
• EMDR, EMDR Association, September 2020
• Dyadic Developmental Therapy Level 1, Psychology Associates, 2018
• Enhanced Supervision Training, University of Reading, 2016
• Mindfulness for Children and Families, Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, 2014
• Families Learning about Self-harm (FLASH), Ministry of Parenting, 2014.
• Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills, Stanton Psychological Services, 2013
• DBT Intensive Training, British Isles DBT Training, 2009
• CAT Practitioner Training, ACAT, 2006
• Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), University of Southampton, 1999
• BA in European Social Psychology, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1994
Registered Practitioner, Health Professions Council (HCPC)
British Psychological Society
Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy