I am an experienced, UKCP, BACP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist. I work in private practice 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)

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.
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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 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.

Thinking about how one breathes, you find you hardly breathe; thinking and ruminating on the act of urination, you find you can not urinate. Thought, you later reflect, can crucify a person.
Giacomo Leopardi

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.

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The word envy comes from the Latin invidere: to look upon maliciously. It is to look at another’s good fortune grudgingly, the feeling of horror when we contemplate a colleagues advantages or the need to spitefully denigrate when we fear that others are getting more than their fair share and certainly more than us.

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