I am an experienced, UKCP, BACP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist. I am Director at The Courtyard Garden practice in London Victoria, SW1. I am also a member of the London Psychotherapy Network. I provide a confidential, safe space where, without judgment or criticism, we can consider what is making you unhappy.

It is never too late to become the person you might have been‘. George Eliot


Dr Sophia Hilsley Ph.D PG Dip (FPC, UKCP, BACP)

Prior to my career as a therapist I worked as a lawyer. I worked predominately in International relations and foreign policy. I have an understanding and awareness of the difficulty of maintaining a work life balance in today’s driven society and managing academic pressures having completed an MA and Ph.D.

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How I can help?

I have experience of dealing with people from a broad range of backgrounds on a wide variety of issues and difficulties. I provide regular long-term psychotherapy and counselling, and short-term therapy which uses elements of DIT, CBT and mindfulness in a safe and non judgmental setting.

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What is Therapy?

I work from a psychodynamic perspective, based on the principle that problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Whether your problems are identifiable, or confusing, counselling can help you deal with emotions that are difficult to understand, giving you fresh insight into your life and work in order to find the best way forward.

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First Steps

Therapy is a collaborative process; I provide a safe and confidential space to explore and talk openly without discrimination or judgement. Taking the first steps can be difficult, but an initial consultation can help you address any concerns you may have.

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A Nameless Dread.

Bion’s use of the term ‘Nameless dread is simply a placeholder for an indescribable feeling that takes place during a traumatic event and plays a critical role in the development of a person. If an event cannot be woven into the fabric of the psyche, something harmful happens. Unconsciously, a promise is made with the self. You will never have to feel nameless dread ever again but in return you will give up part of yourself. This promise however, comes at a great cost. The edges of spontaneity, vulnerability, creativity, openness to explore, learn, and take in what is new will be compromised.

  • UKCP
  • BACP
  • London Psychotherapy Network
  • Counselling Directory
  • WellDoing.org
  • AXA