Dr Sophie Bettles has worked within forensic settings for over 15 years, and has been a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist for the past 8 years. She has experience with working with adults and young people who have engaged in high risk behaviours, including sexually harmful and violent offences. She has experience of assessment, formulation and intervention directly with service users, as well as offering consultation, supervision and training to professionals, in both HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service) and Secure Care and Offender Health for the NHS. She also offers private individual therapeutic intervention for members of the general public. 

Sophie has particular expertise for working with individuals with challenging personality traits and experiences of complex trauma. She also has an interest in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, as well as an academic specialism in Harmful Sexual Behaviour. 

Sophie uses an integrative and humanist perspective when thinking about and working with service users, with a basis of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sophie is passionate about service user involvement and having co-production at the centre of psychological services; recognising the value of experts by experience to enhance criminal justice and health care systems. 

Training and Qualifications:

  • ForenPsyD. Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice
  • MSc in Forensic Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology 

Accreditation to Professional Bodies:

  • Registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)