Hildegard Wismayer MSc, MBACP (Reg.), MUPCA
I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist and offer face to face counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples over the age of 16. The therapy provided can be brief or long term and can be conducted in English or German.
It is important to me to be sensitive and attentive to your needs. I aim to create a warm, trusting and non-judgemental relationship, offering you an opportunity to talk openly about anything which might be troubling you. People see a counsellor/psychotherapist for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they find themselves caught up in distressing thoughts, feelings or behaviour, effecting their personal or work relationships and general sense of well-being. Personal/couples therapy presents an opportunity to explore with an experienced professional what might be going on for you. Sessions take place in a friendly, safe and confidential environment and normally last about 50 minutes for individuals and 65 minutes for couples.
My approach to therapy is integrative, which means I am able to draw on different schools of thought depending on your needs. It will allow you to describe and explore any past and present life experiences with a view to enhance your self-awareness and develop an increased understanding of how you have come to be the person you are, This could entail reflecting on your relationships with others, choices you have made, or are currently facing and any difficulties you might be dealing with. It offers you to consider change as a way forward if that is what you would like to do.
I have experience working with issues such as relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, anger management, bereavement, loss or trauma, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, eating disorder, substance misuse, OCD, mood swings, sometimes diagnosed as bi-polar or manic depression, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder etc.
I also draw on experience gained from my legal background and from working within adult social services. If you would like to know more about the way I work and find out if this is relevant to your current situation, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have successfully completed the following training:
- I am eligible to receive the award of MSc (distinction) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, a post-graduate training course at Roehampton University. Instead of taking the award, I am currently continuing my studies to complete a professional doctorate (PsychD) in Psychotherapy & Counselling.
- A two year Advanced Practitioner Programme (APP) in Counselling & Psychotherapy at Roehampton University.
- Certificate in Couples Counselling, Basingstoke Counselling Service
- Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, level 3, Guildford College
- SMART Recovery Facilitator/Champion, UK SMART Recovery, a Self-Management and Recovery Training for people recovering from addiction; Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing Training
- Law degree, University Muenster, subsequent professional qualification awarded by the Higher Regional Court Hamm to practice as a lawyer in Germany, followed by passing the Qualified-Lawyers-Transfer-Test (QLTT), The College of Law, to work as a solicitor in England and Wales
My work experience stems from a variety of settings, private and within the public sector. I have provided psychotherapy for over 6 years at the Psychotherapy Department, St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, gaining a wide range of experience within the secondary care of mental health issues. I have offered counselling at the North Surrey Community Counselling Partnership (NSCCP), and took part in establishing a counselling service at Avalon, a residential care home for adults with mental health issues. I also draw on experience from working as Enabling Independence Team worker, run by Surrey County Council, engaging with adults, who are recovering from mental health and/or substance misuse issues, offering support towards leading a more balanced life. I have co-facilitated SMART groups, managing addiction and systemic groups, as well as provided support on a 1:1 basis. I worked as a listening volunteer for the Samaritans, a charity offering a 24 hour telephone helpline service.
My career started within the legal profession, working as a solicitor in London, before taking a career break to care for my son. Realising that emotional issues in personal or work relationships can be at the root of many legal disputes, I re-trained as a psychotherapist, wanting to work more closely with people and to be able to professionally address emotional issues, which can get in the way of enjoying life more fully. A better understanding of “what makes you tick?” tends to lead to making different choices in life. Often it also has an impact on the way we approach conflict and can make a legal confrontation unnecessary or at least more manageable.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
The initial 50 minute consultation is offered at a reduced fee of £45 for individuals and £55 for couples. If you then decide to come for regular weekly meetings, they are charged at a sliding scale from £50-£75 per session for individuals and £60-£105 for couples, depending on income. Sessions for individuals normally last for 50 minutes and 75 minutes for couples.
Concession rates may be available for people on low income. If this applies to you, please don't hesitate to ask. Fees are payable at each session (by cash, cheque or bank transfer by arrangement). Weekday/evening and Saturday appointments are offered.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); a member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and the Southern Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling (SAFPAC)
You can currently book sessions with me at two different locations:
My private practice is based in the village of Ewhurst, Cranleigh, near Guildford, situated in the heart of the Surrey Hills and is within easy reach of surrounding areas such as Godalming, Dorking, Leatherhead, Epsom, Horsham, Crawley, Reigate, Farnham, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley, Weybridge and Woking. Parking is available on the driveway.
I also work from Oakleaf Enterprise in Guildford, a mental health service conveniently situated near the station. For further details please visit www.oakleaf-enterprise.org
If you would like to find out more, you are very welcome to contact me via email or telephone to ask any questions, or to arrange an initial no obligation consultation.
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