Hilary Barratt MA, MSc, MBACP (Accred)
I offer a warm and supportive relationship to help you look at whatever is concerning you. I have experience of counselling adults of all ages, young people (16 - 25 years) through Surrey Care Trust, Portsmouth University students, mothers of young children through Family Focus and people suffering with tinnitus. I am also a volunteer with Victim Support and have experience of supporting people suffering from sexual crimes, domestic abuse and many other traumatic experiences.
Counselling provides an opportunity to look at problematic areas of life - this can lead to a reassessment of beliefs and attitudes and consequently the possibility of change. I am a humanistic counsellor working largely from a person-centred approach: this means that I believe you are the expert on yourself and given the right conditions you will develop in positive ways - I am there to enable you to explore the things that trouble you.
I qualified as a counsellor with a degree in Humanistic Counselling (2010) following courses at Certificate (1995) and Diploma (1995-7) level. Before this I worked in medical research with a degree in Psychology and Physiology (1975) and an MSc in Audiology (1981). I became a counsellor after I found counselling helpful for myself with some issues from childhood.
My experience includes counselling people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, low self-esteem, bullying, self-harm, post-traumatic stress, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, gender issues, addictions, chronic illnesses such as tinnitus and ME and people experiencing life crisis. I also see counselling students and others seeking personal growth.
I run a private practice from a comfortable room in my home. It is a short walk to Guildford train station and Surrey University.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons Psychology and Physiology
MSc Clinical Audiology
Certificate in Counselling
FdA in Humanistic Counselling
Numerous short courses including:
Trauma and Attachment
Surrey Counselling and Psychotherapy Initiative
TAG (Trauma and Abuse Group)
CICPA (Counsellors in Primary Care Association)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
£50 per session.
Some concessions available for students and people on low incomes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, early evening and Saturday morning.
Types of client