Hilary Stock MA, Counsellor & Psychotherapist, UKCP accredited
I usually work from quiet therapy rooms close to the Quarry and the centre of Shrewsbury, however until further notice I am offering remote sessions (via Zoom or telephone) in place of face to face therapy.
I am trained, qualified and experienced in both counselling and psychotherapy, and can offer short-term focused counselling of a few sessions, or longer-term psychotherapeutic work where we have the opportunity to work in more depth. Issues might include anxiety, depression, bereavement, loss, feeling sad, stress, relationship difficulties, feeling stuck, trauma, abuse and troubled or disordered eating.
Whatever you're experiencing is respectfully held within the context of a confidential, collaborative, trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship.
Being empathically accepted as all of who you are by your therapist can lead you to be more accepting of and compassionate towards yourself and others. My own experience of being a client has shown me the deep benefits of feeling truly seen, heard and understood, and how life-enhancing and transformative that can be.
How I work
My therapeutic approach, psychosynthesis, seeks to support you in unlocking hidden potential which may be contained within a painful issue or symptom. In exploring whatever difficult and troubling aspects of our history and personality are causing us problems, we become aware of behaviour patterns and coping mechanisms that may have served us in the past but are now keeping us stuck; and of long-buried qualities seeking expression.
Making a conscious choice to let go of what has held us back and embrace these emerging qualities can help us develop a stronger and truer sense of self, be more equipped to face what is painful and challenging in life, and better able to connect with what gives our lives meaning, purpose and value.
If you get in touch
The therapeutic relationship itself has been found to be the most healing and effective element of therapy, so it's important to find a therapist you feel comfortable with and can trust.
If you contact me, I'll usually suggest we meet for an initial session so we can get a sense of how it feels to work together. You'll be able to ask any questions you may have about the process, and to tell me what brings you to seek help at this point and what you hope for. I'll assess whether the therapy I can provide would be suitable and beneficial for you. This exploratory session is charged at my normal rate.
I understand that making the step to come for therapy can be daunting, and if you're feeling unsure or would like to have a brief conversation first, we can arrange a phone or zoom call (up to 15 minutes) for which there is no charge.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually at the same time each week. The number of weekly sessions we agree on will depend on your unique circumstances and needs, and we review the work regularly to make sure you are getting what you need from it.
There is more information on my website, and please feel free to contact me with any enquiries.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling
Master of Arts in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
I gained my Diploma and my Masters degree through the Psychosynthesis Trust and Professional Development Foundation (Middlesex University).
I am fully insured, have enhanced DBS clearance and am in regular clinical supervision, where I receive support, advice and feedback on my client work from a senior colleague. This is a professional requirement to ensure that my practice is safe. It is bound by confidentiality as is therapy, and client identity is not disclosed. I am accredited through and registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Body image and related issues
Troubled relationship with food
Initial session: £50 daytime; £60 evening
Ongoing sessions: £50 daytime; £60 evening
Concessionary spaces may be available for daytime appointments - please enquire.
I have an interest in and some experience of working with people who struggle with their relationship with food and with disordered eating. I have undertaken training and a placement within a Specialist Eating Disorders Service, to deepen my understanding of these areas.