Leonie Hilliard

West Yorkshire

Oxford Chambers
Oxford Place

01132 374837 / 07890 444570

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West Yorkshire

Oxford Chambers
Oxford Place

01132 374837 / 07890 444570

About me

Group Psychotherapy: there are spaces available for new group members in my city centre analytic psychotherapy group, which meets weekly on Thursday evenings, 6.30 - 8.00 pm.  I am currently working as an analytic group psychotherapist in the NHS and I continue to run a small private practice which includes limited space for brief individual psychotherapy (6-10 sessions) and group preparation sessions. If you would like to find out more about group therapy, please don't hesitate to contact me on 07890 444570 or 0113 237 4837.

Training, qualifications & experience

I initially trained as a psychodynamic counsellor with WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) in the mid-1990s, continuing to train with the same organisation as an individual psychotherapist, and then as a group analyst with the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis).

I am currently a staff member at York Groupwork (www.yorkgroupwork.com) and Group Analysis North (www.groupanalysisnorth.com) where I teach the theory of group analysis and provide supervision or conduct experiential groups for trainees.

I have worked in many different settings, including private practice, voluntary sector settings and the NHS, where I am currently employed as a group analyst. Between 2003-6 I spent three years setting up a counselling service for asylum seekers and refugees, employed by LASSN (Leesd Asylum Seekers and Support Network) in partnership with the NHS, using interpreters to work with non-English speaking asylum-seekers. I have considerable experience of offering brief therapy (4-session contracts in the Student Counselling Service at Leeds University, and 6-session E.A.P. (Employee-Assisted Programme) contracts.

The focus of my work now is predominantly in running long-term psychotherapy groups. I am also happy to consider brief individual work with clients, either as a stand-alone treatment, or for those wishing to gain insight prior to joining a therapy group.

Links to my training organisations are as follows: IGA, London:  www.groupanalysis.org  GAN, Manchester: www.groupanalysisnorth.com   WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation):  www.wpf.org.uk

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Group psychotherapy, group analysis


Long-term group psychotherapy: the fee is currently £20.00 per session, charged calendar monthly at £66.00 for 40 sessions over a one-year period.  There is a small increase in fees each April.

Individual therapy, supervision, assessment and group preparation is charged at £45.00 per fifty minute session.

Further information

What is Group Psychotherapy?

Group psychotherapy is a long-term, exploratory therapy. A small number of clients, generally a maximum of eight, meet regularly, usually weekly, and usually for an hour and a half, with a group therapist. The group itself is on-going, with new members joining the group when there is a space and leaving when they are ready to. It is important that group members are not known to each other and don’t meet outside the group. This protects the confidentiality of information, the quality of the therapy and is a powerful indicator in promoting an experience of the group as a safe space.

What Happens in a Therapy Group

The group is unstructured and group members can talk about whatever they need or want to talk about. This is likely to include current concerns and unresolved past issues. Group members are encouraged to talk about their thoughts, feelings, dreams, memories, hopes, fears and preoccupations. At times this will include what is happening in the group itself. The therapist facilitates a process in which all group members contribute to exploration and analysis.

How Does this Help?

Most clients new to group therapy are surprised at how helpful it can be simply to discover that they are not alone with their difficulties. Putting thoughts and feelings into words in a setting that is safe and confidential can produce feelings of relief which in turn makes further exploration possible. As personal issues and developing relationships in the group are explored and analysed over time it is possible for lasting change to take place, leading to a significant reduction in the symptoms of distress, increased insight and improved relationships with others.

What Does the Group Therapist Do?

The group therapist is there to facilitate discussion amongst group members, and to help with making sense of group process. As thoughts, feelings and memories are voiced in the group, often for the first time, it is likely that strong feelings, previously felt to be unmanageable or even unacceptable will be experienced. The therapist’s role at these times is to help make sense of these more difficult, often confusing, sometimes frustratingfeelings. However, generally the group therapist will allow the group to find its own way as far as possible, avoiding giving advice or offering solutions; rather striving to deepen and extend the range of expression of feelings in the group.

And finally, this is a link to an interesting article about group therapy which appeared in the Guardian in 2001:


Maps & Directions

Leeds, LS7
Leeds, LS1 1AB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None
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