I am an experienced, UKCP, BACP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist. I am director of the Eaton Gate Practice and work in Belgravia, 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.

To be alive at all is to have scars.
John Steinback

About

Sophia Hilsley (FPC, UKCP, BACP)

I offer face to face therapy (my rooms are large enough to maintain a two metre distance and have plenty of ventilation) and online therapy via Skype, Zoom, Teams, Google duo and telephone. Please contact me for further information.

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.
Read more …

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, including CBT, Schema and Mentalisation based therapy (12-16 sessions), EFT and Mindfulness in a safe and non judgmental setting. I am registered with a number of health insurance providers, including AXA, Aviva, Vitality Health, Bupa and Aetna.

Eaton Gate practice therapy room

Read more …

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.

The mind is burdened with a compulsion to repeat the past, and a compulsion to get away from the compulsion to repeat the past. Try figuring that out.
Leonard Shengold

Each therapy is tailored to the individual and it is ultimately a very co-creative process. If we agree to work together, we may then consider for how long – it may be just a few sessions or on an open-ended basis. It is helpful to work out a time-frame from the outset, which we can review as the work unfolds.

You are free to end therapy whenever you choose, although it is beneficial to discuss the ending and plan for it during the course of the sessions.

The following short video from The School of Life helpfully explains what psychotherapy is and why you might seek help.

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.

Read more …

BLOG

Christmas on the Edge.

Christmas sets the centre on the edge;
The edge of town, the outhouse of the inn,
The fringe of empire, far from privilege
And power, on the edge and outer spin
Of turning worlds, a margin of small stars
That edge a galaxy itself light years
From some unguessed at cosmic origin.
Christmas sets the centre at the edge.

ACCREDITATIONS
  • UKCP
  • BACP
  • London Psychotherapy Network
  • Counselling Directory
  • WellDoing.org
  • AXA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • Aetna