Hilary Stock, MBACP
Centre For Integral Health
The Old School House
4 St Austins Friars
My role as your therapist is to be present alongside you whatever you are experiencing, and in an atmosphere of warmth and respect to facilitate a process where new choices can emerge and change can become possible.
Sensitive listening and connection with people have been at the heart of my working life as a professional musician for over 20 years, and I bring that sensitivity and attunement to my therapeutic work, together with a broad, inclusive and open outlook.
I see adults of all ages, and have experience working with a range of issues including anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, feeling sad, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, feeling stuck, bereavement and loss, trauma, abuse, stress, addiction and eating disorders.
How I work
My therapeutic approach, psychosynthesis, seeks to support you in unlocking hidden potential which may be contained within a painful issue or symptom. In exploring whatever difficult and troubling aspects of our history and personality are causing us problems, we can become aware of underlying soul qualities and gifts which had gone unrecognised and unexpressed, covered over by survival mechanisms or behaviour patterns that once served a purpose but are now limiting or blocking us.
Reaching the point where we're aware of what's available to us and can consciously choose how to be, is freeing and empowering. It gives us a stronger and truer sense of self, we are more equipped to face what is painful and difficult in life, and better able to connect with what gives our lives meaning, purpose and value.
From my own experience of being a client I can vouch for the deep benefits of feeling truly seen, heard and understood, and how transformative and life-enhancing that can be. Being empathically accepted as all of who you are by your therapist can lead you to be more accepting of and compassionate towards yourself and others.
It is the therapeutic relationship that is the most healing and effective element of therapy, so it is important to find a therapist you feel comfortable with and can trust.
If you get in touch
If you contact me I will suggest we meet for an initial session so we can get to know each other and have a sense of how it might feel to work together. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about the process, and to tell me what brings you to seek help at this point and what you hope for. I will assess whether the therapy I can provide would be suitable and beneficial for you. We can then discuss whether to take things forward, and book in some further sessions if you decide you would like to.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually at the same time each week. The number of sessions we agree on will depend on your unique circumstances and needs. I would normally suggest a minimum of six to begin with (which may be sufficient for a short-term issue), after which we can review our work and decide whether to continue in an open-ended way or with a pre-agreed number of sessions. We go at your pace and review the work regularly. I offer both short-term focused counselling for specific problems and longer-term psychotherapeutic work for more deeply-rooted issues.
There is more information on my website if you need it, and please feel free to contact me with any enquiries.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling - Level 7
MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy - in progress
I am fully insured, have enhanced DBS clearance and am in regular clinical supervision, where I receive support, advice and feedback on my client work from a senior colleague. This is a professional requirement to ensure that my practice is safe. It is bound by confidentiality as is therapy, and client identity is not disclosed. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
Initial session: £45
Ongoing sessions: £45
Block of 6 sessions: £240
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French, Spanish|
Tuesdays, Wednesdays: daytime/evening
Types of client