Dilnia Horton

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London SE16 & SW4
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About me

I am a qualified integrative counsellor, and registered member of the BACP. I work with adult clients, who see me for help with a variety of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem and difficult relationship patterns.

How I work:

My intention is to provide a counselling space in which you feel safe and supported in order to explore whatever concerns you. I feel a trusting relationship between client and counsellor is vital. I also believe that counselling can provide a place for you to share your concerns at your pace, and be listened to fully, which often doesn’t happen in our daily lives. By listened to fully, I mean without judgement or disruption. Together, we can gain understanding to help you. Counselling is a two-way process, and I work in a collaborative and enabling way. My role isn’t to tell you what to do; I may gently challenge you, or offer insights or observations, but without being authoritative.

As an integrative counsellor, I work in the way that is most suitable to you.I will draw on a number of established counselling and therapeutic approaches depending on your needs. I don’t have a fixed or predetermined way of working therefore, as everyone is different and what helps one person may not suit you. We may explore behaviours, beliefs, feelings or habits that are concerning you, which may involve looking at past or present relationships or how past relationships affect you now.I work holistically, which may include exploring thoughts, emotions and bodily feelings, as our physical sensations can help us understand what is going on for us. I also may suggest creative tools such as drawing or writing, or visualisation. How we work will be agreed between us.

Emotional focaused therapy (EFT)

Emotionally focused couples therapy is based on the premise that a strong relationship is based on feeling that your partner is emotionally available and responsive to you. What this means is that your partner is a safe person for you to share your feelings with, someone you can depend on and reach out to when you need reassurance that they love you.

Emotionally focused couples therapy came out of research done by Dr Sue Johnson on adult attachment that demonstrated the importance of a couple feeling a secure safe bond together. She watched couples argue and realised that the driver behind arguments was that couples were attempting to reconnect to each other. They were attempting to get reassurance:

"Do I matter to you?"

"Do you love me?"

"Will you be there for me when I need you?"

"Can I count on you?"

The issue often is that when couples fight they get defensive and critical of each other and don’t recognise what core feelings are fuelling the argument. Underneath the anger and protest, the core feeling may be aloneness, powerlessness, feeling unloved, unworthy or "not feeling good enough". Emotionally focused therapists work with couples to de-escalate the conflict so there is enough trust and safety to speak about core feelings.

 I helps the couple to identify "feeling messages" and then face their partner and share what they're feeling and needing in an open, heart-based way. These heart-based enactments provide the couple with a new experience of reaching for each other. Effectively it’s asking for reassurance and learning how to express needs. They also experience being emotionally responsive to their partner, through giving reassurance and attending to their partners needs.

Why counselling therapy?

If you are at a crossroads in your life, therapy is a place to explore your options in a safe and contained environment. Sometimes there's no 'win-win', so we must choose, albeit with regret. I can offer support as you come to terms with change and adjustment. Sitting with me, I can hear what might seem unspeakable and can consider what might seem unthinkable. It is a confidential service. The prospect of talking to a stranger about your problems in life can be quite daunting. However, this could be a turning point in your life. During your sessions, we will together explore your issues in-depth, making meaning of difficult feelings and patterns, and how it may be a call for change and transformation.

Questions a lot of people ask

However, meditation is not for everyone, we will discover some other technique suits you.


Are you a student?

I have a concessions rate for students, just drop a line and I will give you my answer soon and support you to get out of your issues.

Some information about me
As an integrative counsellor, I use psychodynamic principles, incorporating with person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy, Emotional focused therapy and many other creative therapies in my work. I have experience in counselling within the Health services and other primary care settings. I work with adults on a 1:1 basis, offering short term or longer, open-ended support.

My aim is to foster a positive and honest therapeutic relationship, an experience, which you can take, forward and improve your relationships on the outside.


I provide a confidential, safe, non-judgmental space to explore what may be contributing to your current difficulties providing you with an opportunity to gain another perspective and explore other options and ways of managing your issues.

Tuesday 1PM- 3pm

Wednesday 8am - 10 am

Thursday 8am- 10am, then 1pm - 3pm

I provide individual therapy, and couple therapy both short and long term sessions.

You can follow me on LinkedIn as Dilnia Horton

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualification

I have experience working with a multitude of issues in both private practice, online, agency settings and within the National Health Service. I have experience of intensive long-term and short-term, solution focussed work. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the National Counselling Society.

My training is essentially integrative, client centred and technically eclectic, it uses elements of psychodynamic theory and blends experiential dynamic approaches with emotion focussed therapy and mindfulness. It is based on evidence from current advances in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. As a general principal I focus on a more intense, shorter-term therapy.

here is some of my training listed below,

  • Dip (Couns) Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Academy, (CPTA)
  • Emotional Focus Therapy for couple (ICEEFT Couple Therapist reg)
  • Rewind treatment for PTSD.
  • Couple Dynamic Therapy
  • Understanding Truma and affect on brain.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training.
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Foundations in Counselling
  • BSc Degree International Social Policy

Other training

  • Eating Disorder Awareness Workshop 1. 'Towards a Greater Understanding'.
  • Addiction and understanding Addiction's mind.
  • Certificate in Personal Cochaing at Cochaing Academy.
  • Low Cost and NHS Clinical Placement seminar.
  • Domestic abuse awareness,
  • Child protection Legislation.
  • Risk Assessment and mangment assessment.
  • LGBT Counselling therapy.
  • Counselling and Communication skills for front line professionals IMAAK

I also have some more training linked to various fields.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I can work with

I have experience working with anxiety, trauma, losses and low self-esteem, Rape, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, anger, culture differences, struggles with study, acceptance. etc
I also have experience working especially with women who had history of abuse and trauma that are impacting on their wellbeing, self-esteem and relationships.
As a counsellor I believe in mindfulness, I also work with people who might struggle to find a balance between their beliefs and the difficulties they are encountering.

Contact me by phone, or email me and we can arrange a day and time suits both of us.


£70.00 - £100.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

  • Face to Face can be paid on the day in cash from £80-£120 depending on earnings. Couples therapy is £120
  • Online session is £70 and paid in advance of the session (at least 48 hours) through bank transfer. Payment is made into my account and then we can organise our sessions.
  • I also have the option "concessions" to book 6 sessions in advance to take advantage of the reduced price of £420 which is 6 sessions for £70 each.
  • I listen to your needs and what you can afford to pay, Instead of stay in pain come forward and we will work together and find the right fee you could afford and no obstacle toward your progress,

    I do look forward to working with you.

    Please contact me by email and I will always try to respond promptly.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday 8am-4pm

Tuesday 8-10am, 1-3pm

Wednesday 8-9am, 11-12noon

Thursday 8-12noon 

Friday 10-12noon 

Further information

Here is my website for more information


28 Emba Street, London, SE16 4PL

Awareness Centre, 41 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9JX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

The venue in Clapham have access to wheelchair, unfortunately the venue in Bermondsey doesn’t.