Hillary Smith, PGDip, MBACP (Accred)
I strive to provide a warm and non-judgemental space for my client’s to talk, believing the relationship and connection between counsellor and client is fundamental to client self-exploration and personal growth. I work collaboratively with each client so I can tailor my approach, this is important, as we are all unique. Offering a safe and confidential space for the expression and understanding of feelings, I may also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for exploring thoughts and behaviour, Behavioural Activation for depression, or Mindfulness to help focus on the present. I work in a client-centred way, encouraging feedback to help guide any treatment suggestions I make. My aim is to support each client to reconnect and develop the confidence to be the expert in their own life. I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and I am therefore required to work to the standards set in the ethical framework for good practice.
Taking the first step...
Taking the decision to embark on counselling can be daunting and anxiety provoking. Choosing to face our problems or fears, understand past and present experiences or to make a change takes courage. Finding the right counsellor is important, so in the first instance I am happy to have a telephone conversation to answer any questions. I also offer a reduced fee for our first meeting to allow you to meet me and discuss whether therapy is right for you, and in turn that I am the right therapist for you.
I can offer the flexibility of short or longer term therapy. Although I feel face-to-face sessions offer the most therapeutic advantage, I am able to offer telephone or skype sessions. Sessions are usually booked for 50 minutes, however longer sessions are possible. Deciding to embark on counselling does require a financial commitment, with this in mind for those on low incomes I can offer reduced session rates, as well as for students and those training in counselling or psychotherapy. Please contact me to discuss.
My Streatham practice is based at the Hideaway Work Space which is just off Streatham High Road, and is a 5 minute walk from Streatham train station. The consulting room is on the 2nd floor, and unfortunately there is no lift.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BACP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London. My approach is integrative which means I draw on a variety of models and techniques that best suit my client’s individual needs. As a BACP Accredited member I have undergone additional in-depth assessment regarding my practice and experience. Throughout each year it is a requirement that I continue to update my skills and knowledge by engaging in continual professional development activities.
Alongside my private practice, one area of focus is my work with cancer patients and their carers for Paul's Cancer Support Centre, a south London charity. I have experience of working within a busy London university counselling service, and working short-term with NHS patients in Lambeth. I am interested in the connection between physical and mental health, and promoting holistic care and wellbeing.
Before becoming a counsellor I had a working background in publishing and photography, with a keen interest in wildlife and the environment. I worked as a massage therapist for 10 years, where my interest in health, the human body and the mind developed. I have experience of working in the finance sector and corporate environments, where stress can be a common occurrence.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic illness, cancer, pain management, dying, fear of dying.
For 50 minute initial first meeting £20.
For ongoing sessions on weekdays before 6pm £45.
For ongoing sessions on weekdays after 6pm or weekends £50.
I can offer reduced concessionary fees for those on a low income, and for students, please contact me to discuss.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Streatham SW16: Mondays 9am-9pm, Wednesday 6pm-9pm, and Saturdays 9am-3pm.
Types of client