Hilary Llewellyn-Williams BA Dip Couns MBACP Accredited
I offer counselling and psychotherapy in the Abergavenny area. I have many years' experience helping people with a great variety of issues. I specialise in anxiety and depression, and in problems arising from major life events, especially with bereavement and loss. There are so many forms of loss: relationship break-up or betrayal, illness, loss of someone close to you, redundancy or job changes, loss of confidence, loss of control. If you are suffering in any of these ways then counselling can be a real support, and a guide to finding a way forward.
Counselling can also help when we feel stuck and unhappy, when we keep repeating harmful experiences, or when we need help in making difficult decisions.
I can offer skilful, compassionate and confidential guidance, and a creative and sensitive approach to both short-term and long-term problems.
My background is in psychodynamic, archetypal, Gestalt and psychosynthesis therapies, but I am also trained in CBT and brief solution-focused techniques. I will tailor my approach to suit your individual needs.
I encourage my clients to experiment with creativity, such as working with dream imagery, writing or drawing. I may also use relaxation techniques, mindfulness and guided imagery. But none of this is compulsory! I will always be guided by whatever works best for you.
I can see clients for just a few sessions or for longer-term therapy.
I mainly see individuals but I also work with couples on relationship difficulties.
I work from a comfortable, secluded upstairs room close to the centre of Abergavenny, with ample parking nearby. I see clients on weekdays during working hours, but some early evening appointments may sometimes be available - please enquire for details. Sessions will last one hour, and I would generally see you at the same day and time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 2006, having had a previous career as a writer and university teacher. I have a post-graduate Diploma in Counselling (Integrative) from the University of Wales, and post-qualification I studied integrative psychosynthesis with the London-based Re-Vision organisation. Since 2010 I have been an accredited and registered counsellor with BACP. I worked for several years as a voluntary counsellor for MIND and also counselled carers at Torfaen Carers' Centre in Pontypool. Since 2011 I have had a private practice in Abergavenny, and also work for EAP agencies.
I see clients of all ages from 16 upwards, and I've had a lot of valuable experience working with older people (70 plus) as well as with younger adults. I have worked successfully with post-traumatic stress, mid-life issues, bereavement, chronic anxiety, post-abortion and fertility issues, troubled relationships, addictive behaviours, work-related stress, social difficulties, illness and disability, low self-esteem, blocked creativity, personal crises, depression and distressing emotions.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £45 per session (subject to annual review), but I operate flexible rates for students and those on low incomes. For new clients I offer a £25 introductory session in which we can discuss possible ways of working together, giving you the opportunity to decide whether you would like to have counselling with me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, 9am to 5pm. Friday 9am to 12pm. Occasional early evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|