I'm Dr Sophie Mayhew. With over 20 years of experience, I'm here to listen and help.

I'm a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Compassion Focused Therapy Specialist. I've worked as an NHS psychologist for over 20 years, qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003. I am an Expert Witness Psychologist for Civil Litigation and have extensive and broad experience in adult mental health.

Dr Sophie Mayhew of Equanimity Clinical Psychology Services

Since qualifying, I've been an advocate and practitioner of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).  This particular psychological approach enables people to develop a better relationship with themselves, especially those who encounter one or a number of difficulties including:

  • Self-critical thinking
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Shame
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Paranoia or Hearing voices

"Things had happened to me that I couldn't undo but I didn't know how to move on. My sessions with Sophie gave me confidence beyond my expectations...I wish I had seen her sooner"

I offer video call consultations as well as  face to face meetings in my fully accessible office in Tavistock, Devon..

In therapy I work with you to develop your compassionate resilience and foster personal growth.  My warm, compassionate and professional approach has enabled many people to face their difficulties and learn to understand them, easing distress by facilitating a better understanding of themselves and their individual needs.

I'm one of the South West leads for Compassion Focused Therapy with The Compassionate Mind Foundation a charitable organisation that aims to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion. I also offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, private counselling, supervision, training and consultancy services. I am an Expert Witness for the court for personal accident and injury claimants and defendants.

I'm the author of a number of academic publications in the field of Compassion Focused Therapy and I specialise in the application of this model with clients affected by psychosis. I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

"Thank you for your warmth whilst guiding me, equipping me with new, helpful skills and enabling me to feel safe enough to take the next steps in improving my mental health". Carol

"We have been deeply impressed and indelibly influenced by Sophie's professionalism, integrity and compassion" Nick and James

"Thank you for your kindness, understanding and professional support. It was enormously appreciated" Sam

"Sophie’s high standards of psychological care and compassionate delivery have had such an impact"  Livewell Southwest, Plymouth


Dr. Sophie Mayhew, Bsc (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Registration number 125670

HCPC Regsistered Practicioner Psychologist. Registration number PYL17869