Hilary Smith

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Counselling Psychotherapist BSc Hons. MBACP.
Available for new clients
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High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7AA
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a person-centred and integrative counsellor, drawing on techniques from different methods of therapy to meet your individual needs. I embrace each clients uniqueness with acceptance and without judgement. My approach is warm, empathic and caring, allowing you to explore overwhelming emotions in a safe environment, thus, helping you to make positive changes to live a more meaningful life.

I counsel adults and young people with anxiety, low self-esteem, anger management, trauma, depression, self-harm, sexuality issues, addiction & substance misuse. I also have experience in carer burn out, loss & bereavement and illness & disability.

I work creatively with young people incorporating some art and play therapy whilst working to build trust and facilitate dialogue.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice.

The degree is taught in the person-centred approach with both practical and theoretical modules whilst incorporating modules on different perspectives to counselling such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-focused therapy, Solution-focussed (brief) therapy, Psychodynamic approaches and Mindfulness.

I have counselled in primary, secondary education and a pupil referral unit for excluded children, a hospice for the terminally ill and at Salford University health Clinic.

I have over twenty years experience working in specialist education and social care where I achieved a level 3 in Health & Social Care and level 3 in Teaching & Learning along with annually updated certificates in Safeguarding, GPDR, Mental Wellbeing in Children, Understanding Autism & Data Protection, among others.

I trained with Place2Be, working with children using Art and Play therapy and completed additional certificates in Attachment theory, self-awareness & helping children tell their stories.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 - £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My hours are flexible.

Further information

I have gained a wealth of experience whilst assisting people through emotional difficulties in areas such as low self-esteem, anger management, coping with physical difficulties, illness, grief and addiction. I work empathically whilst always allowing self-direction. My work has taught me patience, good listening skills, acceptance without judgement and the ability to work with people from all backgrounds and cultures. My degree course has taught me unconditional positive regard for the client, complete empathy, congruence and better self-awareness, leaving me in a good position to help others.

Riverside Wellbeing, 1 Market Street, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7AA

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I see my face to face clients at Riverside Wellbeing in Whaley Bridge.

Additional languages

BSL (British Sign Language)

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