Sonia Hilder, BACP senior accredited
I am a very experienced counsellor and have been a therapist for over 30 years. I've worked in Relate, in the NHS as well as in private practice for the last 10 years. I am interested in helping you find the ways to heal and mend distressing patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour which may have been with you for some time. I am interested in the way in which you relate to others and to yourself, and how that helps or hinders your happiness in life. I use a variety of approaches as appropriate to each individual.
Therapy can be short term - up to six sessions, medium term - CAT of up to 24 sessions, or more rarely long terms where there are deep-seated issues.
Since 2010 I have also been practising EMDR which helps people move on fairly rapidly from issues which either stem from trauma in childhood or later. It can also be used to help with anxiety and depression.
Sometimes it is just enough to allow you - the client - to talk. At other times a more structured approach is called for, ( ie CAT or EMDR ) and it would be discussed with you if we both feel that is appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Relate Training 1983 -7 - Relate CCC
CAT psychotherapy training 1997 - 2001 ( King's College London) - Dip CAT
NLP practitioner training 2007 NLP practitioner
EMDR training 2010 - EMDR therapist
My initial training was in mental health social work, and I am experienced in mental health assessments and working with deep seated difficulties such as personality disorders and eating disorders.
I have also completed numerous short courses on other types of therapy - ie solution focus, psychodynamic, CBT and have an interest in energy psychology.
I am a senior registered member of BACP, and on the UKRC register.
Having worked in a surgery for many years I often work with anxiety, depression and relationship problems however they present.Longer term therapies have helped with issues concerning identity and value, abuse and eating disorders.
I use CAT as a good first intervention as it looks at problematic processes very clearly, and sometimes as a 'final' therapy to wrap up other pieces of work. Nowadays I also use EMDR which can help to get to the root of an emotional problem very quickly and move it forwards, thus cutting out lengthy talking therapy. It is also supportive and educational.
For less entrenched difficulties we may embark on counselling using whatever method seems useful at the time ( CBT, person centered counselling ) and arrange to review after a set number of sessions
I also supervise counsellors and therapists including those in the NHS and voluntary agencies.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Work-related stress
£45 per session
I work from home in a room set aside for the purpose.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training