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Hilary Heriz-Smith

Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8BG
07956127332 07956127332
Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8BG

About me

I feel that it is a privilege to work closely with a client in this very human interaction called therapeutic counselling. I am happy working either online or face to face in person in my home by Glastonbury Tor. I offer a safe and supportive opportunity for you to process your experience.

What makes this moment the time for you to seek counselling? You probably feel some fundamental urge for change in your life to feel happier, which you know you need to make, but it needs to be worked out carefully and you may hardly know where to begin.

My mission is to help clients feel safe and welcome while dealing with their pressing and perhaps even overwhelming problems. My intention is for my clients to find ways of managing their lives more effectively and happily. Often this is a process of learning to become more embodied, with an awareness of the felt sense of experience, so that life is lived more fully in the present rather than ruminating endlessly on the past or getting anxious about the future. In the West, we spend so much time in our heads, and this can feel like a hamster wheel that leads nowhere. I like to help my clients make meaning of their journey, find insights and feel a greater sense of aliveness and joy. Sometimes this is a process of learning how to establish safe boundaries in dealing with others and finding new ways of managing reactivity and hypersensitivity caused by past trauma. It may be that things seem to be coming to a head in your life and it is time for you to give yourself some compassionate attention.

I have practised zen meditation for over 20 years and this has given me some insight into how to achieve equanimity and balance in a sometimes difficult and challenging world. I look forward to giving you the time and space you need to come into a reflective understanding and acceptance of yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma (level 4) in Counselling and therapeutic studies


Connect counselling Wells Somerset

New Dawn counselling agency Weston super Mare

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Photos & videos


£15 unwaged

£40 waged

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

1st session/interview/contracting free.

Arrange 1st meeting by text or email.

Sessions 50mins. Payment at least 24hrs in advance via BACs or in Cash on arrival. Sessions can be conducted at home or online via zoom or outside sitting under trees or while walking around the Tor if preferred/weather permitting.

Off road Parking available.

17 Ashwell Lane

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


By negotiation.

Types of client

Older adults
Hilary Heriz-Smith

Hilary Heriz-Smith