I've been writing stories since I was a child myself. I would spend hours getting lost in creating imaginary worlds and loved seeing my ideas come to life on the page. I remember one of my proudest moments at school was my story being turned into the end of year play (where I cast myself as the lead role, of course!)
As I got older I stopped writing, and began focusing on my other passions. I loved helping others and knew my career would have to be something meaningful, doing something that could really make an impact in people's lives. This journey led me to Play Therapy, a magical way of using a child's natural language, play, to help them to work through their problems. As practitioners, we use play to help children to explore their feelings, to express themselves and to make sense of their experiences.
During my training I learnt to create therapeutic stories to help the children I was working with explore the things that were troubling them. I rediscovered my love of creative writing, and discovered that this skill could be used to make a real difference to children.
I realised that I could use this to help not only the children I worked with in play therapy, but children everywhere, by writing stories that were tailored especially for them.
And just like that, Sophie’s Stories was born, represented by an oak tree...
‘Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees’.
‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’
Here’s to the Little Acorns of today and the Mighty Oaks of tomorrow.