The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed – to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is.”
(Parker J. Palmer).
Psychotherapy and Counselling with Sandra Hilton
I love this quote. It describes beautifully what I believe is true in life and in therapy and how I work with all of my clients.
I am an integrative counsellor, with over 25 years experience as a lawyer, business leader and coach. I’ve coached leaders for fourteen years as a consultant and in my private coaching practice and now work therapeutically with a diverse range of clients.
I’ve come to realise, after many years of working in high pressurised environments, balancing family and work commitments, that I’ve always been trying to “get somewhere”. Just being in the moment and finding space for myself has been one of the biggest challenges.
Therapy was a place where this was an offer. The only demand was to be with myself, to find out what I was really thinking and feeling, and I found great peace in that once I had learned to quieten my mind enough to allow it. In time, I discovered that the space facilitated me to make better decisions, build more nourishing relationships, and start to create a life that worked for me as well as everyone else. I no longer had to get somewhere, I just had to be where I was, and the healing and transformation would come.
I hope to offer the same to my clients.
As an integrative counsellor, I draw on many different approaches which means that each relationship is very unique (as are all of our relationships). I place great importance on building a therapeutic relationship where you feel that you can explore whatever is most important to you, at the pace and in the way you wish. You are at the centre of all our work, and I believe that the answers to whatever questions you’re asking come from within you, at a mind, body and spirit level. My job is to accompany you back to yourself. Along the way, we will examine what your life experience has been so far; how it has shaped you; how you have learned to build relationships and what beliefs and assumptions you carry into your connections with others so that you have a deeper awareness of yourself and your life.
You may not be sure whether therapy is for you, or be clear about what exactly you “do” in therapy, or who you would like to work with. I understand that it can be quite nerve-wracking to take the first step and at our first consultation, I will ask you some questions to help figure some of this out.
At a practical level, I work face to face with individuals on a short or long term basis. If you would like support, please call or email me to arrange an initial appointment. After that, we will meet on a weekly basis for fifty minute sessions.
Areas I work with:
I work across a broad range of areas including:
- Anxiety and panic
- Bereavement and grief
- Career & work related issues
- Communication skills
- Low Self-confidence
- Relationship Problems
- Self-esteem and Self-worth
- Single parenting
- Stress & overwhelm
Psychotherapy Qualifications and Training:
I have a diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre (a UKCP registered centre for integrative psychotherapy) and am a member of the BACP (MBACP). I am currently studying towards an MA at the Minster Centre and regularly attend other trainings. I am writing my dissertation on my experience of being both coach and therapist.
I comply with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As well as my private practice, I currently have placements at the low cost therapy service at Highbury Counselling Centre and at the Minster Centre Therapy Service. There I support clients in the local community with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, burnout, eating disorders, issues of sexual and racial identity, grief and trauma.
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
Please enquire for fees