Stephen Hillier-Davies - Accredited CBT Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
Guy's Hospital (London Bridge)
01233 610729 / 07908695288
My name is Stephen Hillier-Davies. I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) www.babcp.com and registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) www.ukcp.org.uk.
Psychotherapy (also called Talking Therapy) involves talking and listening. Most of us want somebody to talk to, somebody who listens and accepts us, especially when we are going through a bad time. Sometimes it is easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. Therapy can aim to find the root cause of your problem and help you deal with this. Some therapies will help you to change your behaviour or negative thoughts, while others simply support you. Therapists are trained to listen attentively and to help you to find your own answers, without judging you. People go for talking therapies for a whole range of reasons.
You may find that a psychotherapist can help you through a crisis or a difficult period in your life; or you may find it more helpful to talk after the crisis has passed, to think about what happened and why. Talking therapy can help you stay well, or help you notice when you are under pressure. It is most likely to help if you want to explore your feelings and change your behaviour.
Talking therapy does not offer magic solutions; it can be hard work and progress can be slow or painful. It may not be the right time for you to talk, or talking about things may make you feel worse at first. What you feel able to cope with is the most important thing, and this can change over time. There are many kinds of talking therapies, with a lot of overlap between them. Psychotherapists have different types of training, so their approach and way of working will vary. Research has shown that how you get on with the individual therapist is more important than the type of therapy you get. If you and I can work well together, trust and respect each other, it is more likely to work for you.
Psychotherapy is not like other professional relationships you may have had. It calls for active – and often brave – participation on your part. ‘Active’ because I am not the expert on you, and you will need to do at least 50% of the work, and ‘brave’ because the process of knowing yourself better or changing behaviour is very likely to bring up feelings that may make you feel like you’re getting worse rather than better. It is essential that you bring these feelings – anger, sadness, grief, guilt, shame, envy, anxiety – to the session so that they can be understood in the context of the work and our relationship.
The first sessions will be considered as an initial, focussed assessment period for us both. I will be able to get a better idea of what our work together might involve and if I can be of help. You will need to decide if you agree with me about the anticipated direction of the work and if you feel comfortable enough with me to make a commitment. It is essential that you raise any questions or doubts during the assessment period and at any other time in the work. If, during the assessment period or at any other time in our relationship, either you or I decide that I am not the right therapist for you, I will be happy to assist you with advice on finding another therapist.
Psychotherapies are for all sorts of people. They can help if you are working class or middle class, old or young, heterosexual, gay or lesbian, black or white or from an ethnic minority community. They may also help if you are on medication, have emotional difficulties such as anxiety, stress, traumatic experiences, depression or problems related to anger. Some research has found that a combination of drugs and therapy works better than either on its own.
There is a stigma around Talking Therapies, and some people feel that it is a sign of weakness to go for this type of help. Seeing a therapist doesn’t mean you are self-indulgent or unwell; don’t let these sorts of prejudices stop you trying it. It can take strength to be prepared to look at yourself and your situation.
You may find that big changes have taken place in the way you think and behave as a result of Talking Therapy. You may feel more able to deal with difficult times. Or, you might be disappointed, perhaps even feel worse than before.
Talking Therapy is more likely to work if you feel comfortable and at ease with the therapist. Users of Talking Therapy say that, over and above just talking, they need to feel listened to, accepted and understood by their therapist. Feeling safe and believed is also important. Many people say that Talking Therapy does not make their problems go away, but that they feel better able to cope with them.
Some therapists will use a mixture of approaches with the same person or change their approach depending on the needs of a person.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended in all guidelines for treatment of emotional disorders including anxiety and depression. The Department of Health requires that the NHS delivers ‘evidence-based’ treatments and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) www.nice.org.uk has consistently recommended CBT in many cases before anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication.
The CBT approach aims to help people change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are causing problems. Changing how you think and behave also changes how you feel. It is a structured approach – you agree goals for treatment with me and try things out between sessions.
Sessions are usually weekly and this is ‘your time’ each week that I have set aside for you. Each session lasts about one hour (this may be longer - up to 90 minutes - by mutual arrangement particularly for trauma or skills work). It is important for effective therapy that we try to maintain a regular and continuous commitment. If a change of circumstance makes this difficult for you, we can discuss the possibility of a different date and time and I will do my best to rearrange things if I can.
There is often no definite way of knowing at the start of therapy just how long we will continue to work together as this will be indicated by the problems discussed during your first assessment. As therapy is evidence-based, this will usually be a guide to the number of sessions required for a particular problem. There will usually be a minimum of six sessions.
The first one or two times we meet should involve you and I getting to know each other and deciding if we can work together. You are welcome to ask questions. The more information you have about what to expect, the less likely you are to be disappointed.
The therapeutic relationship is intended to be healing, supportive and sometimes challenging. We need to be aware that there may be times, as in any human relationship, when things feel difficult and it seems hard to persevere. These times, if worked through together, can be very fruitful and life-enhancing for you. We both need to have the intention of seeing things through in such circumstances.
There are risks: focusing on your problems can make you feel worse, and therapy can sometimes affect your relationships with your friends and family in a negative as well as positive way. Strong feelings may come up in therapy and you may feel vulnerable or angry. It is not uncommon in therapy for clients to become dependent on the therapist and have strong feelings of attachment to him/her. It is my job as the therapist to understand these feelings, to help you deal with them as they arise, and not to take advantage of your vulnerability or neediness.
It is not unusual to feel worse before you feel better; but you should not consistently feel unheard, humiliated or used. Remember that therapy is supposed to be for your benefit. You can stop it if it is not helping you or if the approach is not right for you. I will regularly check that you are getting something out of it and will suggest ending therapy if you are not. Trust your instincts and feelings, and consider ending therapy if you continue to feel worse.
If either of us thinks it is time to bring the therapy to an end, we will discuss this together and decide if and how to do that. Sometimes one session is enough to make sure the decision is a good one. Sometimes it is better to have a series of sessions to review the work and either decide to go on with therapy after all, or else to find a way of making a good ending for you. Ending the therapeutic relationship is a shared process and should never be a one-sided or impulsive act.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited as a Psychotherapist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Accredited Clinical Supervisor of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Psychotherapists - www.babcp.com.
Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I work in adult forensic mental health within the NHS and also have a private practice at Guy's Hospital London and Kennington, Ashford, Kent, working within the private and corporate healthcare sectors.
I have worked for over 30 years with people experiencing various life and relationship problems, including complex mental health difficulties, both in the United Kingdom and in the USA.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stephen Hillier-Davies has a specialist interest in the treatment of anger, alcohol, sexual difficulties.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Ashford, Kent Individuals - £85
Guy's Hospital (London Bridge) individuals - £130
Couples - by request
Clinical Supervision - by individual arrangement.
I also work via Skype to enable access to therapy/clinical supervision at flexible hours or when working or travelling out of the country.
If you are unable to attend a session due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, please call and let me know, and we may be able to re-schedule. Please bear in mind, however, that such re-arrangement may not always be possible. My flexibility is limited by the fact that I see clients on a regular basis, at the same time and day each week, so alternative appointment times are not freely available, and weekends can be used only exceptionally. I will expect you to pay for any sessions you decide to miss altogether, as I cannot make any other use of ‘your time’. If I am able to offer you an alternative appointment in the same week in which you need to cancel, I will not charge you for the missed session.
I will also bill pro rata for any reports that I may be required to write or to read in connection with your therapy.
I offer reduced rates for trainee counsellors who require personal therapy and supervision as requirements of their Integrative or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Counselling training programme.
Specific Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinical Supervision.
Within a collaborative approach I provide CBT supervision for counselors and psychotherapist to meet their monthly clinical needs and those wishing to work towards accreditation to meet the appropriate standards of supervision for accreditation - I incorporate four interacting supervision processes:
- Enhancing learning
- Attending to interpersonal issues
- Clarifying Contractual agreements
- Attending to the practical context.
Integrative Therapy Supervision
I also offer personal therapy and clinical supervision for counselors/psychotherapists and trainee therapists working within a broadly Integrative approach,
Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS)
Stephen Hillier-Davies has undergone Enhanced Vetting by the Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS) which helps...make safer ...decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9.00 am - 9.00 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Specific Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinical Supervision.View supervision profile