Hilary Platt MSc, BACP Accred, UKCP Reg Psychotherapist, BUPA, Aviva, AXA-PPP
I have been a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist since 2000 and a BACP Accredited Counsellor since 2006. I work in Camberley, Surrey and also run sessions weekly in Canary Wharf. I have worked full-time as a psychotherapist since 2006 so have a great deal of experience of working with clients with all kinds of difficulties. I have a Masters level training, which takes 5 years to complete and psychotherapy has been my full-time profession since 2006. However, I also have many years experience of working in IT for commercial organisations and four years experience lecturing in an HE and FE college.
I offer psychotherapy to individuals and couples and work on a short or long-term basis. I aim to provide a compassionate and empathic, but down-to-earth approach to psychotherapy and counselling, which takes account of personal history and yet which can be focused and goal-oriented too.
I see many clients who have tried other different types of therapy, but whose problems persist. As a practitioner, I have chosen to be a psychotherapist as it is often good at getting to the bottom of problems and difficulties, when other therapies may only have succeeded in scratching the surface. In depth training and many years of experience have enhanced my skills at diagnosis and formulating the 'underlying issues'. People who have tried other approaches (CBT, person-centred counselling, 'evidence-based therapies') with limited success can find the resolution, which has previously eluded them, in psychotherapy. In part this is because psychotherapy works from the position of everyone being unique and individual - there is no 'set script'.
As an integrative practitioner, I am not partisan to one particular type of therapy, as when I trained, it became apparent to me that no one approach had the monopoly on success, nor was any one approach a panacea for all issues. Instead I have incorporated into my practice understanding and techniques from a number of different therapies, which gives me flexibility to work with a broad range of issues. My Humanistic stance means that I see every client as unique and expert in their own story and I use techniques from a number of different Humanistic therapies. At the same time, I work psychodynamically especially when dealing with relationship issues and repeating patterns in peoples' lives. I also am trained in CBT and would see working cognitively and behaviourally as the best way with certain issues and this is often the approach which can bring about change, once underlying issues have been understood and processed.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and approach
MSc and Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy 2000 from Metanoia
AEB Certificate in Counselling Skills
AEB Certificate in Counselling Theory
Certificate in Couples Counselling
CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) training
Certificate in Education
BA Honours Degree
I chose to train at MSc level and undergo a full psychotherapy training leading to UKCP registration, rather than undertaking a counselling qualification, because this gives practitioners a capacity to work with a greater breadth of issues and at greater depth. UKCP registration is perhaps less well known than BACP Accreditation, but its standards are more demanding and more hours of training, clinical practice, clinical supervision and personal therapy are required.I have subsequently undertaken the BACP Accreditation process in recognition of this being a better known ‘kitemark’ for therapists.
I use CBT techniques, in common with many NHS practitioners, which focus on current thoughts and behaviours, but to achieve a more fundamental change or for complex problems, other approaches are often needed. Everyone's story, history and way of being is unique - and needs careful attention as part of the work. Often people experience 'repeating patterns' in their lives, and it is through examining this unique personal history and understanding 'how that affects me now' that more fundamental change can be facilitated. My belief is that it is negative feelings, very often depression or anxiety which most often bring people to therapy - but that 'blind spots' often prevent people from making the progress that they want in their lives. Therefore working with feeling, thinking and behaviour can help with improved emotional well-being.
I have worked for many years in a variety of commercial environments and have also taught in an FE/HE college. I work currently for an organisation, who provide talking therapy services through IAPT to NHS patients. I also have a great deal of experience as a private practitioner and working within Employee Assistance Programmes seeing clients from both public and private sector organisations. I have had a busy private practice for 16 years. I also undertake work for the prison service and have experience of working with visually impaired clients and with Agoraphobia, for which I do home visits. I am registered as a Mental Health Wellbeing Specialist with BUPA and a number of other private health insurers.
I am also experienced as a Couples and Relationship therapist.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Fees in Camberley:-
9am-3pm, individuals - £45
3pm and afterwards - £50
Couples - £55
Fees in Canary Wharf
Individuals before 4pm - £70
Individuals after 4pm - £85
Couples - £85
My style of therapy is very down-to-earth, open and egalitarian. I regard therapy not only as relational, but also as an educational and collaborative experience - I am usually happy to share my theoretical thinking and am open about my rationale for the course of our work. I also believe that change happens outside of the consulting room as well as inside, so part of the collaboration is sometimes in designing 'homework' tasks so that you can be proactive in making changes outside of the sessions.
Sometimes clients are not looking to make great changes in their lives, but instead want a forum to talk about thoughts and feelings to enable them to come to terms with things that have happened or are happening in their lives. I am very happy to provide that and it is often the relationship with the therapist which is facilitative here.
I do not commit you to a fixed number of sessions, but allow you to explore the issues in your own time scales and we collaborate on how to proceed at regular review points.
I have noticed as my experience has grown that I have become more adept at assessment and find that I am able to arrive more quickly at an insightful understanding of issues which clients bring. This is in part experience, but also comes from having worked for a long time in contexts where the number of sessions is limited, so coming more directly to the heart of the problem is essential .
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
In Camberley, I work sessions on the hour, 9am til 6pm Tuesday - Thursday and 9am - 2pm Friday. In Canary Wharf, I see clients on a Monday afternoon/evening.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|