Hilary Holford MSc, UKCP; MBACP; MA.
It can be daunting to ask for help when things in life have become overwhelming. Perhaps you are struggling with relationship issues or are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression, or are affected by a bereavement. Many people seek counselling when they are under a lot of stress, or because they find they have low self-esteem or a lack of self-confidence.
I believe that the key to success in counselling lies in developing a trusting, caring relationship. I aim to offer you a warm, calm, supportive and non-judgmental environment in which by talking together we can look at whatever difficult issues you are facing. I work by listening and responding carefully to everything you say. Whether it relates to something from your past which is still troubling you or something you are worried about which has yet to happen, if it concerns you now, then it is relevant and of interest to me in working with you. Sometimes it may also be helpful to discuss how we are relating to one another.
Your aims in coming to counselling will be individual and unique to you. My aims are to engage with you sensitively and respectfully and to help you understand your feelings at your own pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
After obtaining a Certificate in Counselling Skills in 2004, I later went on to gain an MA in Humanistic Counselling (Distinction) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies (Merit), both from the University of Nottingham.
I have an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Middlesex University. I also have a Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Gestalt), both from the Metanoia Institute in London.
I have a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Couple Work and am available to offer relationship counselling.
I have undertaken training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
I have an enhanced DBS certificate and am fully insured.
I have several years of experience of working therapeutically both short-term and longer-term with adults across a wide age range, including working in a GP surgery, a charity and in private practice.
I worked in the voluntary sector for several years as a volunteer counsellor, couples counsellor and assessor at Nottingham Counselling Service.
I have worked as a volunteer on a helpline supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse and have been a trustee of a rape and sexual abuse support centre. I have also worked as a legal advice volunteer in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau and in a law centre.
In my previous career as a solicitor I have extensive private sector legal experience of helping people through separation, divorce and bereavement.
I abide by the code of ethics of the UKCP.
I can offer personal therapy to trainee counsellors or psychotherapists studying at diploma, undergraduate degree or master's level.
I believe passionately in the value of counselling and psychotherapy and am fully committed to ethical practice and to continuing and enhancing my personal and professional development.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individuals: £45 per session (50 minutes).
Couples: £60 per session (60 minutes).
Some concessions are available.
All sessions are payable, including the initial session. This initial session will give us an opportunity to meet one another and to see whether we can work together. After this I can offer you a fixed number of sessions or a longer-term arrangement, either of which can be reviewed as time goes on.
As is common practice, I need 24 hours notice of cancellation otherwise the missed session is payable.
Daytime or evening appointments are available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client