Hilary Marks Adv Dip MBACP (Accred) MBICA

Hilary Marks  Adv Dip MBACP (Accred) MBICA

Brighton & Hove
East Sussex

0778 908 5297

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About me

Choosing the right therapist is not easy, and making that first step may feel daunting. For this reason I am happy to answer any concerns you may have either by email or by phone. I urge you to make contact and look forward to hearing from you.

My name is Hilary and I am a fully qualified therapist working in Brighton and Hove. I have a lovely counselling room where you will be heard and understood. I have been able to help the people I work with make a real difference to their lives. I would be delighted to help you do the same.

Research has shown it is the relationship between therapist and client that is crucial to the outcome. For this reason it is important to find the right therapist, one you feel comfortable with.I offer an opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential setting. This is a place where you will be heard and understood, an opportunity to talk about issues that may currently be difficult to share with others.

Counselling is not about giving advice, or telling you what you should or shouldn't do. It is about understanding your experience and feelings and working with you to find the right way forward. Some of the areas I work with include: depression, anxiety, loss, and especially problems resulting from difficult childhoods. I have also had considerable success in helping clients dealing with panic attacks, eating disorders and fertility problems.

In the first session we meet and discuss the reasons why you have come to counselling. It is an opportunity to get to know each other and decide if we can work together. I usually meet with clients once a week at the same time and place, and work open-ended, which means the counselling lasts as long as it is needed. This can be short term or long term, with regular reviews to see how we are progressing.

While I am happy to work with the areas mentioned below, I have specialised in counselling for fertility treatment, this includes infertility and involuntary childlessness. The experience of fertility problems are unique and complex and counselling can provide a safe environment to process the impact this can have. This can be supportive whilst having ongoing treatment, help in coping with loss through miscarriage or unsuccessful treatments, or coming to terms with the reality of ending treatment. I believe that providing counselling through this stressful time can be hugely beneficial and can reduce some of the anxiety that fertility treatment can cause.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified integrative therapist, this means I am trained in a variety of different theories and can use the most appropriate approach to meet your specific needs. Listening to you, building a therapeutic relationship and working out what you want and need from therapy is at the heart of how I work.


I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) Accredited

As a member of the BACP my work is guided by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

I am a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (MBICA) this is the only professional association for infertility counsellors and counselling in the UK.

I am fully insured, have regular clinical supervision and ongoing training to ensure my work is of a high standard.


Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Therapy
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Counselling Session (1 Hour) £45

I offer a free initial session

Concessions available to student counsellors

Daytime and Evening Sessions available

Further information

It may feel daunting to make the initial contact. I am happy to respond by email and/or speak on the telephone. However difficult that first step may feel, please call me on 0778 908 5297 or email to make that first appointment.

My counselling practice is in Hove, just off Dyke Road and parking is free. Public buses, including the number 27 serve the area and it's about a ten minute walk from Preston Park train station.

Maps & Directions

Brighton & Hove, BN3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime and evening sessions available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme