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Hilary Sims Dip.Couns. MBACP Registered, MNCS (Acc)

Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8
07850 447585 07850 447585 07850 447585 07850 447585 Registered / Accredited
Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8

About me

As an experienced counsellor, and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society, it is my role to work with you in a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential environment.

You have already taken a bold first step in seeking help – counselling can help you to break free so that you can live your life again.

How I can help you and what you can expect:

Whether you – or someone you know – are suffering from anxiety, stress, depression or have any other problems that have led to distress, or you are a couple with relationship or family issues there is no need to suffer in silence. There is no need to feel alone.

I undertake three main types of therapy, all of which require mutual trust, honesty and understanding – the benchmark of my professional approach.

At the initial, free session, we will discuss which of these will work best for you, or if a combination of therapies would be the best option, and agree how the therapy sessions will work.

We can meet either in my specially created therapy room at my home in Stourbridge – a peaceful space which offers complete privacy and confidentiality – or I can visit you in your home if you have a suitable space available.

We will work together on deciding how many sessions will be suitable for you. Each individual case is different – some people may only need a couple of sessions but others prefer or need a longer-term approach.

I work with both private clients and businesses that are keen to support their employees with an Employee Assistance Programme.

Read more information about how I can help by reading my latest blogs:

https://www.lifebalancecounselling.net/2020/07/20/how-to-deal-with-anxiety-when-it-strikes/

https://www.lifebalancecounselling.net/2020/08/21/effects-of-stress-on-young-people/

https://www.lifebalancecounselling.net/2020/09/06/men-its-ok-to-talk-about-your-mental-health/

Finding the right therapy for you:

Humanistic Counselling
(Person Centred) is an extremely effective method that enables you to explore freely your whole life experience, rather than focusing on one specific area or problem. It will allow you to realise your skills/strengths and we will work together to build on these to reach your goals.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured therapy that is used mostly to treat anxiety and depression. It is a collaborative intervention, which means that together, we will agree a step-by-step plan for you to modify your behaviour. You can practise these between sessions and when we meet, we will assess the changes that this practice has bought about.

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a short-term treatment that focuses finding a solution to a specific problem.

Our therapy sessions will give you the space to explore the issues that are causing you suffering and by offering you a high standard of therapeutic care and support, I can help you to find solutions to those problems.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • AQA Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Certificate in Counselling Young People
  • Certificate in Couples and Family Counselling Skills
  • Mental Health Consequences of childhood sexual abuse - Social/Trauma Model Training
  • Self Harm Training
  • Mental Health First Aid Awareness Training (MHFA)

Beyond homophobia: Contemporary responses to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

I hold a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate.

Experienced when working with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Men
  • Self-harm
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexuality
  • Young People

Only 15 minutes from Kidderminster.

Continued Professional Development in:

Loss and Grief

Sexuality

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Panic attacks

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Initial 30 minute session £25

£45 per individual 50 minute session thereafter (discounts available for block booking)

Couples and Family Counselling, price on request

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Testimonials

"Our sessions have given me the tools to handle what would have been a major trauma for me in the past.  From day one I felt you clearly got me and you were the perfect balance of straight-talking, understanding, and professionalism"

Brenda

'Hilary, thank you for helping me again. I feel so much better. You have an amazing gift.  You will be seeing me again.'

Fiona

'Thank you for opening my eyes. I have seen many counsellors and they have never got as deep as you even after months. I'm looking forward to seeing the world as an adult with your help.'

Gemma Aged 35

'I highly recommend Hilary. She offers a very effective support in getting through some challenging times. Hilary gave me the confidence to move forward.'

Jan Aged 60

A wonderful listener, who has helped me discover a much more confident side to myself and given the tools to tackle life's problems head on

Catherine Aged 26

If you have any queries at all about my approach to therapy, please call or text me for a no-obligation chat. I will endeavour to answer your queries in an open and honest way.

Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

My counselling room is upstairs. There is free parking.

Availability

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 8.00pm. Friday 12 noon to 4pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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