Hillary Smith, PGDip, MBACP

Hillary Smith, PGDip, MBACP

Hideaway Work Space
1 Empire Mews
London
SW16 2BF

537 Norwood Road
Entrance On Chestnut Road
London
SE27 9DL

07980 957698

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Hideaway Work Space
1 Empire Mews
London
SW16 2BF

537 Norwood Road
Entrance On Chestnut Road
London
SE27 9DL

07980 957698

About me

About me...
I strive to provide a warm and non-judgemental space for my client’s to talk, believing the relationship and connection between counsellor and client is fundamental to client self-exploration and personal growth. I work collaboratively with each client so I can tailor my approach, this is important, as we are all unique. Offering a safe and confidential space for the expression and understanding of feelings, I may also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for exploring thoughts and behaviour, Behavioural Activation for depression, or Mindfulness to help focus on the present. I work in a client-centred way, encouraging feedback to help guide any treatment suggestions I make. My aim is to support each client to reconnect and develop the confidence to be the expert in their own life. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and I am therefore required to work to the standards set in the ethical framework for good practice.

Taking the first step...
Taking the decision to embark on counselling can be daunting and anxiety provoking. Choosing to face our problems or fears, understand past and present experiences or to make a change takes courage. Finding the right counsellor is important, so in the first instance I am happy to have a telephone conversation to answer any questions. I also offer a reduced fee for our first meeting to allow you to meet me and discuss whether therapy is right for you, and in turn that I am the right therapist for you.

Practical information...
I can offer the flexibility of short or longer term therapy. Although I feel face-to-face sessions offer the most therapeutic advantage, I am able to offer telephone or skype sessions. Sessions are usually booked for 50 minutes, however longer sessions are possible. Deciding to embark on counselling does require a financial commitment, with this in mind for those on low incomes I can offer reduced session rates, as well as for students and those training in counselling or psychotherapy. Please contact me to discuss.

Locations...
My Streatham practice based at Hideaway Work Space which is just off Streatham High Road, and is a 5 minute walk from Streatham train station.

My West Norwood practice based at Norwood Therapy Rooms on Norwood Road, and is 5 minute walk from West Norwood train station, and a 10 minute walk from Tulse Hill train station.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy from the University of East London. My approach is integrative which means I draw on a variety of models and techniques that best suit my client’s individual needs.

I have experience of working within a busy London university counselling service, and working short-term with NHS patients in Lambeth. One area of focus is my current work with cancer patients and their carers for a south London charity. I am interested in the connection between physical and mental health, and promoting holistic care and wellbeing.

Before becoming a counsellor I had a working background in publishing and photography, with a keen interest in wildlife and the environment. I worked as a massage therapist for 10 years, where my interest in health, the human body and the mind developed. I have experience of working in the finance sector and corporate environments, where stress can be a common occurrence.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic illness, cancer, pain management, dying, fear of dying.

Fees

For 50 minute sessions: £45.
For 50 minute initial first meeting £15.
I can offer reduced concessionary fees for those on a low income, and a for students, please contact me to discuss.

Maps & Directions

London, SW16 2BF
London, SE27 9DL

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Mondays 3.30pm-9pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm in Streatham SW16 2BF. Thursdays 9am-5pm in West Norwood SE27 9DL.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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